Connecting groups for effective food distribution

Breaking down barriers by speaking the language of hunger.

We provide a platform to tackle a big obstacle in this challenge-food wastage-where people from around the world connect to feed the hungry.

Use Case

Stats show that more than 30% of food produced is wasted mainly due to improper distribution. We're working on building a platform that solves this problem by connecting various groups at various levels. We are currently developing an application at the city level which facilitates distribution of extra food to the needy,which would otherwise be wasted.We expanded this idea onto a multilevel structure at an international scale.As we move to the higher state,country & continent levels,types of food & groups between whom food distribution happens differ.A layered form similar to deep learning creates an effective system for food management thereby minimizing food wastage.Our portal will be accessible to the common man as well as larger organizations enabling connectivity to a global network.

Potential

We believe our pitch will establish a communication protocol that would speak the language of hunger. People, governments and communities can use this medium to connect and share food to areas that have a deficit of food due to environmental,economical or an event of natural disasters. In today’s smart world, solutions to almost everything are just an app away.We plan on using 5G technology in our application which is extremely fast and can support a dense crowd. We would also be implementing deep learning with its multilevel, layered structure that reaches out to different levels of the society geographically. Our application would rest on a cloud platform. We expect to start out with a city level, smaller application and eventually integrate it to a global platform.

Business Case

Though our platform works for a charitable cause, we would require funds to run and maintain this platform with large databases and servers to host incoming traffic. We primarily target in providing the best service to the upper levels of our platform which would reach out to a larger group. Although the registration into our application is free of cost, we would be charging a small fee from the organizations/governments annually that could in the future avail our services. MNCs and other big companies that sign up with us to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibilities, will also contribute towards the operational costs.

Objectives:

  1. Bridging the gap between food wastage and inadequacy of food.
  2. Creating public awareness on a global level about issues in the food sector.
  3. Effective food distribution in a community driven platform.

Team Ambrosia

Chennai, India

Our Team

Throwback Thursday to our apple-eating session! / Published January 14, 2016 by Aditi Prakash

Throwback Thursday to our apple-eating session!

Looks like somebody was too busy to eat the apple ;)

Multi-level platform / Published January 10, 2016 by Aditi Prakash

Multi-level platform

This is the representation of our platform.
There are four basic levels to this platform-
the bottom most level being the city level, followed by the state, country and continent levels.
Currently, we're working on building an app for the mobile platform for our city where anybody with this app on their smartphone can take a picture and tag the location of a hungry person when spotted.So people around the neighbourhood of the hungry person can distribute their extra food. In this way, there is an effective system for food waste management ensuring one less hungry person in this world.
Our idea for tff however was inspired by this small project for our city and is targeting a larger audience for distribution of food around the globe.
We do not participate in the distribution of food but we help establish a platform for connecting parties with excess and shortage of food.
The term 'food' has different meanings at different levels. For example, at lower levels it refers to basic cooked food that can distributed around neighbourhoods having a shortage in food. At higher levels, it could be grains,fruits or vegetables being supplied from one country with surplus supplies to the other with deficit.
On a larger scale, it would be the governments or big NGOs who would need to host themselves on our platform to connect with others having similar ideals.
5G and Deep learning would make the experience so much more better and efficient
5G helps in providing greater accuracy in location services and faster network. Deep learning can eliminate risks of human error in identifying areas to connect based on ethnic,cultural and political differences. It would also help segregate food based on its shelf-life and suggest areas accordingly.

World Food Analysis / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

World Food Analysis

There are so many different ways to tackle the problem of hunger. We've

identified two key elements that need to be addressed. One is to increase

production, and the other is to decrease wastage.

During our research, we found some stats that literally stunned us. Food

wastage is a very common occurrence, often done unintentionally. But did you

know that around 1.3 billion tonnes of food and produce gets wasted? That is

2.86 trillion pounds of edible food that goes unused.

There are roughly 795 million people who are undernourished in today's world.

Can you imagine the change that we can make if we are just a little more

efficient? We would be able to feed every single person on this Earth, and still

have tonnes of food (quite literally) to spare. Our current agricultural practices,

while not sustainable, are certainly not incapable of feeding every human

being.

So, are you as mind-blown as we were by that little bit of statistics right there?

Our Workspace - After / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

Our Workspace - After

So this is our workspace, the place where we brainstorm and talk. This is where

we come up with our ideas and thoughts. It's a place of frustration, but also a

place of hope.

After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish, and this is where we sit together

and make up a plan.

To quote Steve Jobs, "If you haven't found it yet, keep

looking. Don't settle." And that's exactly why we feel this workspace is amazing.

It helps us keep looking for new ideas.

Our Workspace - Before / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

Our Workspace - Before

We started out with a clean slate (notice the pun). To be honest, it took us a while to get the space tidied up for a clean before picture. We eventually organised ourselves and set up our workstation. Notice our inspirational mug(n the "after" post of our workspace) that we used as an idea garage!

Our Mission

Our Background

Ambrosia is said to be the food of the Gods, in Greek mythology. And so what better logo can we have, than a picture of Poseidon carrying a fork? Yes, we have a sense of humour, and we hope to use that same witty thinking in helping solve one of the greatest problems faced by mankind. You might be wondering what five students pursuing an engineering degree in Computer Science are doing here. Well, we believe that we are progressing towards a future where academic fields no longer stay independent, but merge together to form new fields - new fields that provide new solutions. There is a scientist, a rationalist in every one of us. Anyone with an idea and a spark, can make a change. So there really is no point in leaving just the professionals to search for a solution. We believe that each and every one of us has the potential to change the world. That's why we're here. That, and the fact that we think we can use Computer Science to feed 9 billion people. So welcome to the world of algorithms and networks and mobile applications. Stand with us as we try to make a change.

Throwback Thursday to our apple-eating session! / Published January 14, 2016 by Aditi Prakash

Throwback Thursday to our apple-eating session!

Looks like somebody was too busy to eat the apple ;)

Multi-level platform / Published January 10, 2016 by Aditi Prakash

Multi-level platform

This is the representation of our platform.
There are four basic levels to this platform-
the bottom most level being the city level, followed by the state, country and continent levels.
Currently, we're working on building an app for the mobile platform for our city where anybody with this app on their smartphone can take a picture and tag the location of a hungry person when spotted.So people around the neighbourhood of the hungry person can distribute their extra food. In this way, there is an effective system for food waste management ensuring one less hungry person in this world.
Our idea for tff however was inspired by this small project for our city and is targeting a larger audience for distribution of food around the globe.
We do not participate in the distribution of food but we help establish a platform for connecting parties with excess and shortage of food.
The term 'food' has different meanings at different levels. For example, at lower levels it refers to basic cooked food that can distributed around neighbourhoods having a shortage in food. At higher levels, it could be grains,fruits or vegetables being supplied from one country with surplus supplies to the other with deficit.
On a larger scale, it would be the governments or big NGOs who would need to host themselves on our platform to connect with others having similar ideals.
5G and Deep learning would make the experience so much more better and efficient
5G helps in providing greater accuracy in location services and faster network. Deep learning can eliminate risks of human error in identifying areas to connect based on ethnic,cultural and political differences. It would also help segregate food based on its shelf-life and suggest areas accordingly.

World Food Analysis / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

World Food Analysis

There are so many different ways to tackle the problem of hunger. We've

identified two key elements that need to be addressed. One is to increase

production, and the other is to decrease wastage.

During our research, we found some stats that literally stunned us. Food

wastage is a very common occurrence, often done unintentionally. But did you

know that around 1.3 billion tonnes of food and produce gets wasted? That is

2.86 trillion pounds of edible food that goes unused.

There are roughly 795 million people who are undernourished in today's world.

Can you imagine the change that we can make if we are just a little more

efficient? We would be able to feed every single person on this Earth, and still

have tonnes of food (quite literally) to spare. Our current agricultural practices,

while not sustainable, are certainly not incapable of feeding every human

being.

So, are you as mind-blown as we were by that little bit of statistics right there?

Our Workspace - After / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

Our Workspace - After

So this is our workspace, the place where we brainstorm and talk. This is where

we come up with our ideas and thoughts. It's a place of frustration, but also a

place of hope.

After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish, and this is where we sit together

and make up a plan.

To quote Steve Jobs, "If you haven't found it yet, keep

looking. Don't settle." And that's exactly why we feel this workspace is amazing.

It helps us keep looking for new ideas.

Our Workspace - Before / Published November 24, 2015 by Dipika Rajesh

Our Workspace - Before

We started out with a clean slate (notice the pun). To be honest, it took us a while to get the space tidied up for a clean before picture. We eventually organised ourselves and set up our workstation. Notice our inspirational mug(n the "after" post of our workspace) that we used as an idea garage!

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The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.