Half a pound of food is wasted per meal in restaurants. We set out to solve this problem by connecting folks looking for low cost meals with restaurants with excess inventory.

What it does

Before Bitcut, local restaurants would throw out large amounts of food at the end of the day, eroding revenue and generating unnecessary waste. Bitcut allows restaurants to sign up and list their excess meals at a discounted price for nearby folks to grab on the go. Consumers can set up an account and see restaurants offering meals near their current location or on their route to another destination.

How we built it

We decided to build a single page application, using Python to build a Flask-based API serving data to our React-based front-end.

Challenges we ran into

Our team wasn’t that familiar with the tools we were using. The backend team was occupied with getting it to work in the first place. The front-end team was occupied with trying to uplift a weak team member who eventually rage-quit before we started filling out this form, and thus is not listed on this page. (In retrospect we probably should have used Wix Corvid. We had a coupon.)

Accomplishments that we’re proud of

The design portion was very nice.

What we learned

The time available for a hackathon is very limited. Even if we are not pre-hacking on these projects, it’s imperative to have at least one team member fully versed with each technology that we say we’re using to build the project. The approach that works for a senior final project will not work for a hackathon.

What’s next for BiteCut

Probably nothing. Another hackathon team copied our idea after talking with our teammate, and they’re further along implementing it. This team will connect professionally and might help each other later.

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