Submitted by Arrow Electronics, Inc.
An international student team from Augustana University in South Dakota has won the 2022 Call for Code Global Challenge with a smart phone app to solve local hunger and food distribution issues.
Since its inception in 2018, Arrow Electronics has supported the competition that encourages software developers and other technologists worldwide to develop solutions for issues ranging from climate change and natural disasters to water quality and waste management.
The Augustana solution called GardenMate connects growers with individuals who need food by using location map API tracking to build a network of local buyers and producers. The app allows growers to list their available produce and sell it or donate it to other app users in the community.
According to the U.N., 30 percent of the world’s population lack year-round access to adequate food. Many low-income neighborhoods are described as “food deserts” because residents don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables necessary for a healthy diet.
Gardeners and small farmers throw away or compost excess crops because they have no immediate market for the perishable bounty. In the U.S. alone, home gardeners dispose of 11.5 billion pounds of produce annually.
The Augustana team includes students born in Ethiopia, India and Nepal who experienced food distribution problems in their home nations, only to encounter them in the U.S. as well.
The app also employs IBM Watson AI and Language Translator to provide localized gardening advice to individual gardeners in multiple languages to choose climate-suitable crops, reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and improve soil conditions.
GardenMate’s developers received a $200,000 prize for winning Call for Code. As part of its support, Arrow offers Call for Code winners with in-kind solution support, along with support from IBM and the Linux Foundation.
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