Firstrecently launched TooTLabs on Google Play Store,which went LIVE on 26 July 2022. This app wasdesigned as a means to bridge the gap between Indian academia and the food industry using technology.TooTLabs is a boon to students and universities/colleges across India, providing formative knowledge and training to prepare the students for food industry.

For the launch of the mobile application, F1rst invitedesteemed members of faculty from prestigious Indianfoodtechuniversities, food associations and food industry to have a brief discussion on the importance of such platforms in the current scenario, and the benefits of enrolling in a pre-vocational knowledge sharing platform.The eminent speakers were Dr. Usha Antony, Dean, College of Fish Nutrition and Food Technology, Dr. Suman Majumder, Professor Chemistry, Director Projects, Brainware University, and Dr. Jagadish Pai, Executive director of PFNDAI. The app launch event was titled “Bridging the industry & academia gap through Technology: TooTLabs, a curtain-raiser event”. An overwhelming response was amassed from various foodtech and interdisciplinary sciences students across the country attending the app launch virtually.

While it is exceedingly important to gain technical knowledge before entering the food industry, textbooks often fall short on providing the right tools to utilize this knowledge effectively upon entering the workforce. This app gives the users the experience of real time industry news, expert talks, webinar interactions, quizzes, andfeatures product development contests.

We certainly hope this app can be useful for all foodtech students to prepare themselves well before setting foot in the professional world for a smooth transition from studentship to employment.

F1rst is a business research and consulting firm offering its services to the food and beverage (F&B) ingredients space in the Indian sub-continent. To know more about TooTLabs, reach out toKishore@firstmr.com or visithttps://www.facebook.com/TOOTLabsbyF1RST/.