USDA says: 41.2 million people lived in food-insecure households. 10.8 million adults lived in households with very low food security. 6.5 million children lived in food-insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure. 703,000 children (1.0 percent of the Nation's children) lived in households in which one or more child experienced very low food security.
Food-insecure households eat less than 3 square meals per day, and "very low" food security means less than 1 meal per day.
UN says: Globally, one in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished
FAO says: One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year
When we began our work six years ago we noticed that the amount of food wasted globally was more than enough to feed the starving people in the world, but the problem was distribution; the food being thrown away was geographically a world away from the people who needed it. So we searched for a way to convert that food into a lightweight, nutritionally dense, yet readily bio-available form. What we came up with is a system that grows food from wasted food in an unending cycle.
What it does
We've developed an enclosed system that utilizes aquaponic techniques indoors at a significant savings of energy, water, and nutrients versus traditional ground based methodologies to grow both plants and animals for consumption. Currently we are developing an AI framework that will be able to not only monitor all aspects of the system, but one day may be enabled to facilitate all of the growing requirements as well.
How we built it
Our team is comprised of biologists, food nutritionists, engineers, and computer specialists utilizing DIY techniques and inexpensive components found at the local Home Depot for prototyping and research. We started this work while still students and made use of the resources available to us like the university's machine shops, 3D printing and computer lab capacity; as well as financial, legal, and business expertise in the form of professors and lecturers.
Challenges we ran into
The many variations of the system and it's components. The structuring of a company and filing it's paperwork properly. Identifying our target markets and developing marketing material for them. Everything.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Award of Excellence for the first annual Summer Launchpad held by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (P.A.C.E.), Runner up in the "Shark Tank" competition 2016 hosted by P.A.C.E., People's Choice award for the Purple Prize 2017, and 2nd place winner of the Breakthrough Innovation Challenge 2017 hosted by P.A.C.E. Our founder has also won several placements in other University of Hawaii competitions and symposiums representing the work done on behalf of our company.
What we learned
We owe everything we've learned and utilize about doing business from, but not limited to, P.A.C.E., Peter Rowan, XLR8UH, Sultan Consultants, Susan Yamada, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and many others.
What's next for E.D.D.N.
Continue developing the machine learning API and implementation of our system at a test site in Hawaii Kai.