Last Friday and Saturday I attended another Hackathon :Hack Food Waste in Eindhoven, where diverse people worked on hacking up solutions for tackling food waste. After listening to one of the problems, which was food waste in International Trade, I pitched the idea for an app:
10% of all the potatoes grown are left on the land to rot. Import export regulations prevent well-functioning global market place. TradeWise (our app), using regulation data and real-time market prices (shipping, product prices) helps famers to tap into global market to export the surplus produce.
There were three other people interested in joining my team and we hacked till Saturday evening.
After struggling a bit with the Dutch governments “open” data – which was basically a partial SOAP API for the categories, we managed to present our idea in a coherent way. The judges liked the idea enough to give us the second prize!
I’m still thinking about the next steps and possibilities of making the weekend-hack into a real application.