As many of us transitioned to university life, one of the big challenged we had to face was cooking and preparing our own meals. This brought on a slew of challenges especially when it came to balancing our school life with self-care and healthy living. Cooking and grocery shopping is so time-consuming and for a majority of the student body, simply buying take-out is a much more convenient option. The goal of FreshXpress is to bring fresh produce directly from the farmer's market to the Waterloo campus. This makes eating healthy more accessible and these foods can often be purchased at a discount making it an economical choice as well. We want to make it easy for students to choose sustainable options and collectively contribute to reducing Waterloo's carbon footprint.
What it does
FreshXpress is a mobile application that allowed students to browse and order from catalogs from the nearest farmer's market. They are able to read about the product, what's in season, the farmer that is selling it, etc. Once they are finished shopping, they can review their order and select a pickup location. A driver would then pick up their order along with many other orders and bring them collectively to a single pickup location on campus. The student would then be able to review their order details as well as the money they saved and the impact they had on Waterloo's carbon footprint by choosing to buy locally.
How I built it
We primarily used Android Studio to build our application.
Challenges I ran into
Most of the group was not familiar with Android Studio at the beginning so there was definitely a learning curve at the beginning.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are proud of being able to turn our initial ideas into a functioning demo. For some of us, it was our first hackathon and the experience of being able to learn and connect over our passion for sustainability was truly an experience.
What I learned
Learned about mobile app development. It's hard.
What's next for FreshXpress
We hope to reach out to transportation companies in the KW region to hopefully partner with them to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our service.