Inspiration

Every year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally, amounting to 2.6 trillion dollars annually, which is more than enough to feed all 815 million hungry people in the world ten times over. Although inefficient consumer habits are contributors, the majority of food waste comes from the supply chain majorly constituting distributors, retailers and restaurants. As 12th Grade High School Students from Bangalore, India, we envisioned our app DonateAPlate which allows local restaurants, supermarkets as well as individual donors to donate, daily or weekly, the excess unused food by setting up highly customizable donations through the app.

What it does

DonateAPlate allows local restaurants, supermarkets as well as individual donors to donate, daily or weekly, the excess unused food by setting up highly customizable donations through the app. In addition, NGOs and other charity organizations can view and sort nearby donations for pickup, by requesting donations from the donors. The entire system allows feasible communication between the 2 entities directly through the app, and also allocates points for each successful donation, calculated based upon, distance, food weight, etc, and users can view monthly leaderboards to see how their social work stacks up against other users.

How we built it

The app was developed on Android Studio deployed on the Gradle Framework with 20,000+ Lines of code, in Java, Kotlin & XML. Various APIs such as the Google Maps & Places APIs were integrated into the app. The Backend data storage was built on Firebase and implemented FireStore, Firebase Realtime Database, Firebase User Authentication & Firebase ML.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Initially we were unsure whether we would be a able to complete the app & fully implement it in time for the submission. But at the end, everything turned out well, and we have a stunning video accompanying our completed product.

What's next for DonateAPlate

Since our app is theoretically scalable to all across the world, with virtually no constraints, we hope to implement this product around the world, starting with our Native Country India, following which we could expand it globally and hopefully bring about a major change in terms of reducing food wastage & solving the food insecurity problems amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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