The Elevator Project is back and looking for projects that make Guelph a better place to live. This year, students from the School of Computer Science have entered three different projects – Farm To Fork, Garden Fresh Box, and Sustain-A-Bin – all centred on the idea that everyone deserves access to fresh healthy food. If you can, help them out by voting for their projects here. More information about the projects can be found below (pulled directly from the Elevator Project Idea Bank). To see all of the ideas in the Idea Bank, check them out by clicking here.
Farm To Fork
Every person deserves access to healthy food. Farm To Fork is working to make this belief a reality by helping improve the connection between emergency food providers and their donors. Using http://www.farm-to-fork.ca, emergency food providers can list the exact foods they need at any given time. Donors can then make donations knowing the right food is getting to those who need it. The system updates in real time so the right needs are always being met. We want to make Farm To Fork free to anyone who needs it. Help Farm To Fork make healthy food a reality for all.
Garden Fresh Box
Garden Fresh Box (GFB) is a not-for-profit program that brings healthy local food to people in the community who need it. In 2014, 3rd year students from the School of Computer Science at UofG partnered with the GFB to develop a web and mobile app to help facilitate this program. These apps will make it easier for the organization to feed families, and will provide a portal for concerned citizens to pre-purchase food for those in need. We’re looking for funding to support the students who continue to build the apps.
Sustain-a-bin is an autonomous composting bin which will be implemented in cafeteria’s that utilize reusable dishes and dish carousels. The Sustain-a-bin will be equipped with an internal micro-computer, scale, wifi module and display. As consumers finish their meals and dispose of their unfinished food, the bin will the display the weight of their waste as well as the cost associated with that quantity of food. It will also display the total weight and cost of the accumulated organic waste of the entire establishment for the day. The Sustain-a-bin will encourage food waste reduction and provide valuable data for research initiatives.