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Ferran Adrià Launches the HackingBullipedia Contest

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Legendary chef Ferran Adrià has launched an international contest to help the buildout of his massive culinary wiki Bullipedia. Along with Bullipedia partner Tele­fónica, Adrià has invited "creative and talented people" to submit "design proposals, tools, technologies and applications" that will improve Bullipedia. The contest is called HackingBullipedia.

The contest has issued specific scenarios for proposals to address including "How can one discover and visu­al­ize the geo­graph­i­cal and time dis­tri­b­u­tion of a recipe?' and "How can you define visu­al­iza­tion tech­niques for the con­tents of Bul­li­pedia that work well across platforms?" The contest is open to the public, but is primarily aimed at students and professionals in the fields of design, computer science, and data visualization. The proposals are due on October 30, and the winner will be announced on November 27th. The winning team will send one representative to Barcelona to work on Bullipedia with Tele­fónica and Adrià's elBullifoundation for three months. Below, the press release:

Telefónica and Ferran Adrià Open Bullipedia Digital Challenges

• Hacking Bullipedia invites people to help co-create Bullipedia
• Winners will be invited to spend three months in Barcelona with the elBulliFoundation and Telefónica to turn their idea into reality

World renowned chef, Ferran Adrià, and Telefónica today unveiled Hacking Bullipedia, a unique global challenge to help build Bullipedia, an online gastronomic database of every piece of culinary knowledge ever gathered. The challenge invites creative and talented people from around the world to contribute their own ideas and concepts to the Bullipedia project.

Aimed primarily at data scientists, designers and data visualization experts, Hacking Bullipedia is looking for inventive design proposals, tools, technologies and applications to help create what will become the world's largest repository of gastronomic knowledge. This could include methods for collecting, indexing, classifying, organizing, representing and visualizing the data held within Bullipedia.

Example ideas could include methods for food recognition in pictures, cuisine translation, cultural characterization or ways in which to visualize the data from Bullipedia across different platforms. Further scenarios are outlined at

Hacking Bullipedia is now open and teams have until October 30 to submit their ideas. Three ?nalist teams will be invited to Barcelona in November to pitch their ideas to a
specialist panel. The winning team will then be invited to spend three months in Barcelona working with the elBulli Foundation and Telefónica to turn their concept into a reality.

Ferran Adrià said, "we have only just scratched the surface when it comes to realizing the full potential of technology and food. Bullipedia is an attempt to unlock the culinary knowledge of the greatest chefs and make it available to everyone on the web. With this initiative we are inviting creative and talented people everywhere to join us in this exciting challenge."

Pablo Rodriquez, Director of Research at Telefónica commented, "we know that the best ideas can come from anywhere which is why open innovation is so important at Telefónica. This challenge is a perfect example of this approach in action."

Unveiled as a concept last year, Bullipedia aims to become an online gastronomic database of every piece of culinary knowledge ever gathered, both by Ferran's team and by the wider culinary community. From leading chefs to home cooks, Bullipedia is designed to be a source of inspiration and knowledge sharing online.

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· HackingBullipedia [Official]
· All Ferran Adrià Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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