Perth honey bee hackathon invites innovative ideas

ENTREPRENEURS, scientists, bee keepers and students will stir the honey pot of ideas to stimulate WA’s bee product industry.

The 2020 Honey Bee Hackathon, hosted by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, in October will bring together industry and innovators to share product ideas.

Yanchep business Beeautify’s developed from an idea for honey-based cosmetic products pitched at last year’s event.

“Owners Figge and Dani Boksjo took their products to the 2019 honey hackathon and received praise for their idea of infusing honey into natural skin care products,” CRC chief executive Liz Barbour said.

“Soon after, they launched their product range and continue to focus on product development for their skincare products, which adds value to local honey.

“This is a great example of how the honey hackathon is used to develop ideas to value add to local honey and provide a launching pad into the market place.”

Beeautify's honey-based cosmetic products.
Camera IconBeeautify’s honey-based cosmetic products. Credit: David Baylis/Wanneroo Times

As well as pitching ideas, participants at the October 16 and 17 event in South Perth will hear from commercial beekeepers, honey bee product packers and successful project development businesses.

The best concept which provides an opportunity to value add to the honey industry in WA will receive $500 to support their progress.

Dr Barbour said WA’s honey bee industry was valued at $50 million at the farm gate, and the goal was to grow to $100 million by 2030.

“To reach this industry goal, changes in thinking on honey bee product marketing are needed, with events such as this a great way to inspire innovative ideas and approaches,” she said.

Department agribusiness development consultant Gerard Leddin said WA had the advantage of having clean bees which were free from many pests and diseases, and sustainable products.

Visit crchoneybeeproducts.com or email [email protected] for more information and to register.

Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products chief executive Liz Barbour with Beeautify co-owners and founders Figge Boksjo and Daniela Boksjo with some of their honey-based cosmetic products.
Camera IconCooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products chief executive Liz Barbour with Beeautify co-owners and founders Figge Boksjo and Daniela Boksjo with some of their honey-based cosmetic products. Credit: David Baylis/Wanneroo Times

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