"About 690 million people worldwide go to bed hungry each night. Small farmers, herders, and fishermen produce about 70 percent of the global food supply, yet they are especially vulnerable to food insecurity – poverty and hunger are most acute among rural populations. Conflict is a major driver of hunger: The UN estimates that 122 million of 144 million stunted children live in countries affected by conflict. An estimated 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, yet only 25 percent of severely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment." It is clearly seen that world hunger is a pressing issue in our world today and must be solved with the help of as much people as possible. How can we do that? We decided to use exactly the main factor that the problem is rooted in, food. Food is something every human needs and enjoys so what better way to involve the 4.66B humans with access to the internet around the world in solving a pressing world issue than by connecting them through the interest of food. Foodaholic aims to do just that.

What it does

Foodaholic reimagines social networking and brings it to a new market (of 4.66B people) while concretely solving the pressing world issue of world hunger at the same time. Foodaholic is a webapp that focuses on bringing closer food producers, food consumers, and all food enthusiasts around the world to develop stronger connections between them by using a commonality among all humans -the need and enjoyment of food, while also providing each other opportunities to earn a profit by being a "food tour guide" in recommending food as non-locals want to have the best immersive experience in the tour guide's locality, and giving them a chance to help fund feeding programs in developing countries.

Foodaholic has 4 Key Features:

  1. Foodies can send over food reviews from restaurants they have been to and earn credit which, when reached a certain quota may be translated to donations to a non-profit organization that aims to conduct feeding programs in developing countries. 2.Foodies can purchase 'local food tour packages' from other foodies that live in the locality they want to explore, ranging different prices which entail how long they want their food tour to be (using Checkbook API). A portion of the fee will be donated to our partner non-profit organization as well.
  2. Foodies can see the location of restaurants and other food stall locations in the map feature of the app (using ArcGIS technology).
  3. Foodies can connect with each other by pinging each other and connecting on the built-in WhatsApp web feature.

How we built it

After identifying what social issue we wanted to solve while also having the goal to create a great social networking app, we first started with building the registration page and the login. Then we started adding users (foodies), Shops, and their location. To connect the foodies we integrated WhatsApp to connect between them. Then we included the map for the location of the shop using Google Maps API then we moved to ArcGIS API. We included food tours for foodies and the payment gateway using the razor pay. Then we moved to Checkbook API. We have also included a FAQ section for clarification. Then we built a restaurant review system for the foodies to share an experience about the food stalls which in turn will make them gain credit points with which they can donate to a cause of world hunger. A foodie knows the value of food and what hunger is so we hope that our app will create a change in our world one bite and one food review at a time.

Challenges we ran into

We faced difficulties in integrating the checkbook API as most of us are not currently based in USA and the number for verification was only available in the USA but later on, PJ helped us on a walkthrough. We also faced a bit of difficulty in adding the restaurant review system as we faced session gathering difficulties. As we worked in the same interface for both foodie and merchant, it was a bit of a challenge. Integrating the UI given the time constraint was a challenge we faced as well.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We successfully created a hack that has the potential to connect 4.66 billion people around the world while also trying to save and better the lives of many more who face food insecurity, all in one weekend. We are also proud to be able to work well and delegate tasks to everyone in the team, and work together to reach a result we are happy with. Getting over obstacles we faced and successfully integrating the APIs that we wanted to include were also accomplishments that we are proud of. Also being able to try new tech is a learning opportunity we are grateful for.

What we learned

We learned how to work with new APIs and learned to integrate all of our work together into one project. As we tried out new technologies this hackathon, we also learned how to use them. As a team, we also learned to work together despite the timezone differences and persevered until the end.

What's next for Foodaholic

Although we are proud of what we were able to accomplish during the weekend, we believe that the scalability and potential of Foodaholic is beyond what it is currently, specifically, features we want to add are:

  1. Being able to share Foodie's recipes to others publicly on their profiles,
  2. Being able to add new restaurants on the map all over the world, and
  3. A smoother UI.
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