Daniel Schien and Christopher Weeks were part of a group awarded joint first place at the recent Green Hackathon held as part of the ICT4S (ICT for Sustainability) conference in Stockholm. Spending a day underground at a dismantled nuclear reactor at KTH, the teams competed to develop a project around the theme of “food”. Britons throw away the equivalent of 6 meals a week, leading to over 7.2 million tonnes of household food waste a year.
The winning project was “Eat Exchange”, an app to allow people to share their not-quite-past-date food with others. Just about to go on holiday but have a nearly full container of milk in the fridge? Or maybe you stocked up on a 2 for 1 offering last week, but it’s now about to go out of date? The app allows you offer the item to a network of trusted friends, family, and neighbours, and get text notifications in return when something is being offered.
Although currently in the design phase, watch this space – perhaps a fully functioning prototype will make its way to ICT4S 2015!