Planet Business

This week: National Workplace Wellbeing Day, royal Facetime and the ‘Beefhack’

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire.

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire.

 

In numbers: Workplace wellbeing

47

Nutrition and Health Foundation

50

6

Image of the week: By royal appointment Apple

In proof that anyone, no matter what their background, can call themselves a champion of technology, Prince Andrew has taken to fronting a start-up support scheme called pitch@palace, in which would-be entrepreneurs are introduced to people who might give them money.

This week, at St James’s Palace in London, he invited 400 people in the audience to sing happy birthday via the Facetime app to his New York-based daughter Eugenie, who wore novelty glasses as a cunning disguise. PHOTOGRAPH: DOMINIC LIPINSKI / PA WIRE The Lexicon: Beefhack A “life hack” is “any trick, shortcut, skill or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all works of life”, according to Wikipedia, a little- known “hack hack” site. The -hack suffix has now spread to agribusiness.

Sponsored by ABP Food Group, the “Beefhack” was billed as Ireland’s “first food hackathon”, under which “makers, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, creators, innovators, developers and farmers” gathered at DCU’s Innovation Campus last weekend to solve food industry problems.

The “Beefhack” was a “collaborative brainstorming, designing and prototyping event”, aimed at encouraging “the rapid creation of innovation solutions” to those problems.

Next week: Lambhack. No, that sounds bad.

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