Households are the leading source of food waste in America. I try my best to eat healthily and not waste food, however, I become a bystander to the pressing issue of food waste when I simply forgot about the food in my fridge. So Eliot and I thought, why not use something we use every day, our phones, to remind us of not only our impact on the earth and other humans by wasting food, but to do something about it.
What it does
Foonance tracks your expenses and your food to incentivize yourself to not be wasteful. With a simple scanning of a receipt or making a grocery list in-app, it remembers your purchased food and alerts you a few days before its expiration so you can either eat it or donate it. Similar to GrubHub but in reverse, volunteers volunteer to pick up food from households and restaurants who want to donate their surplus of soon-to-be expiring food to food banks. Reminders are essential to human habits that queue us to do what we do, for better or for worse, with Foonance, users can utilize reminders to build healthier and sustainable habits.
How we built it
We built this app with SwiftUI, Firebase, and dedication.
Challenges we ran into
A challenge we ran into was not focusing too much on being perfect, because, in a hackathon, time is everything and perfectionism is nearly impossible. We solved this problem by continuously moving forward and not letting a few minor inconsistencies hold us back.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of our cohesive work ethic and ability to create something completely new and stand behind its we are truly proud of.
What we learned
We learned that a great team with clear and concise goals makes for a great hackathon. By not worrying about the minute details we were able to get a working prototype faster than if we had spent hours planning it out.
What's next for Foonance
Foonance will go into beta with TestFlight and eventually the App Store, and hopefully one day the Play Store as well. We are dedicated to making the future a bright and sustainable one, with Foonance being part of it.