Our team is composed of sophomores from TJHSST.
With a growing world population and limited space, saving food and improving efficiency is critical to maintaining our lifestyles. For perishable items, such as milk, supermarkets throw the product if it is about to expire in a few days whereas it could have been used to fill a stomach. At HackTJ, we realized that if supermarkets did not want to share close-to-expired products, they could donate it to others. That is why we decided to create a website by ourselves.
What it does
We decided to create a web application that would connect charities and supermarkets to improve distribution of food and minimize waste. This would help charities by getting the same food for cheaper and the supermarkets for not completely wasting products in their stores. In exchange, the supermarkets have the opportunity to file for a tax deduction.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
Apart for the aforementioned new languages and resources we used, we also learned to take periodic shifts as a team to maximize productivity. Though the process was slightly tedious, we were able to effectively start a website from scratch.
What's next for foodShare
At the moment, our website is a prototype - it is not connected to a database and so users cannot make accounts yet. The next step would be using a database in order to bring full functionality to this application. In addition, the map can not pinpoint nor show nearby locations of the user in relation to charity and donor locations. We would also like to expand the capabilities of the account to use conversational UI between donors and charities.