Travelling past drains with heaps of food waste daily on my way to the school was the first time I noticed the irony of the situation - In India while 40% of the food is going down the drain every single day, 194 million citizens are going to sleep hungry. At the same time India is also producing 2 million tons of e-waste annually. So, in order to tackle both these issues of food-waste & e-waste simultaneously I came up with the idea to build Syffah.

What it does

Syffah, which stands for 'Share Your Food, Feed All Humanity', is a web application which has two functions:

  1. It will allow users to donate old refrigerators, which they otherwise throw away, which will be set up outside societies. People who have leftover food to donate can keep it in these community refrigerators so that the poor and homeless can access this food.
  2. It will also allow users like event caterers, restaurants, hotels and individuals to donate their leftover food by posting it so that NGOs and Hunger Relief Organizations can then directly contact them, collect the food and distribute it amongst the needy.

How we built it

  • I started off by analyzing the problem at hand, followed by deciding the functionality and features of the app.
  • I have also created a business plan, including Revenue model, marketing strategy and SWOT analysis.
  • I then went ahead with the wireframing and mock-ups and worked on the UX/UI.
  • This was followed by building the front-end of the web-app for which I have used HTML, CSS and Javascript and some php for developing one part of backend.
  • However, I wasn't able to develop the back-end in the given time as I was not familiar with the languages (for which I had planned on using Google Cloud services - Firebase)
  • Hence, the project is unfinished.

Challenges we ran into

  • This was my first hackathon so had some difficulties
  • Was not able to develop the back-end in time, trying to learn back-end development in a short period of time was challenging, but it was still fun trying
  • Enhancing the User Interface

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • The main pages of the website are responsive.
  • The UX and UI of the web-page, keeping it as simple as possible

What we learned

  • Learnt about Hackathons
  • Learnt basics of Google Firebase, cloud services
  • Learnt UX/UI concepts of cards, color schemes, typography, etc.

What's next for Project SYFFAH

  • Creating a fully functional prototype of the web app
  • Developing the backend using Google Firebase
  • Also developing an Android app alongside web-app
  • Conducting ground-work and research for deploying these services
  • Conducting market analysis, surveys and beta and alpha testing to improve the application overall

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