Food Rescue: Designing a Tech Solution for Somerville | MIT Center for Civic Media
Rahul Bhargava is a researcher and technologist specializing in civic technology and data literacy. He creates interactive websites used by hundreds of thousands, playful educational experiences across the globe, and award-winning visualizations for museum settings. As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, Rahul leads technical development on projects ranging from interfaces for quantitative news analysis, to platforms for crowd-sourced sensing. He has a special interest in how new technologies are introduced to people in settings focused on learning. Rahul is a drummer and father based in Somerville, MA.
Food Rescue: Designing a Tech Solution for Somerville
This is the second in a series of posts about how technology can help food rescue and food security. I am collaborating with community groups in Somerville, MA; trying to extend and enhance existing food rescue programs. Click here to read the first, a tech overview.
A Shared Model
- Transporter: "need to know where to go", "schedule issues", "vehicles / bikes"
- Donor: "legal issues", "spontaneous last minute", "need to know what's happening to food"
- Recipient: "cultural/personal preference", "cold storage capacity", "unaware of what's out there"
- impact / recipient experience
- food safety and quality
- who’s who
- logistic and scheduling
- communication betweem donors-transport-recipients