A group called FreShip was named the winner of IBM’s Food Waste Developer Challenge, a hackathon that tasked U.S. developers to create food-waste-combatting solutions from open source technology.
IBM and hackathon organization AngelHack hosted the challenge with the goal of supporting a more transparent and real-time supply chain to monitor food sales and fulfillment, with waste reduction paramount.
Participants were asked to create solutions, using IBM code patterns and datasets, and tools including IBM Watson Visual Recognition, IBM Blockchain, and chatbot application-programming interfaces.
Hackathon winner FreShip integrated software and hardware to minimize waste via constant monitoring, in parallel with a smart e-commerce platform that allows otherwise wasted food to be resold.
The system deploys Arduino and Narrowband-Internet-of-Things solutions in food shipping containers to rate food freshness by photo analysis, with blockchain deploying smart bidding contracts.
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