ICT for Good

Vision

The development and maturity of a society should not be measured only in terms of profit, but also in the way in which we guarantee the health and wellbeing of marginalized people and, in the process, contibuting to a fairer and more sustainable world for the future generations.

ICT4G (ICT for Social Good) aims at making a difference using ICTs to contribute to the achievement of goal 2 (“zero hunger“) and goal 10 (“reduced inequalities“) of the “sustainable development goals” (SDG).

We do so in three ways:

  • First, by building and experimenting systems which directly or indirectly support people in need.
  • Second, by teaching the technologies we use and sharing our principles, enabling others to share the same goals we have.
  • Third, by raising attention to the ICT4D domain and our contributions in the area.

We value and enforce simplicity and efficacy in the tools we build and in the code we write.

We have a strong applicative focus and we are currently working in the following areas:

  • Food (contribution to goal 2 of the SDG), where we are experimenting tools to reduce food waste and improve eating habits
  • Education (contribution to goal 10 of the SDG), with our intensive schools on web and mobile development (some of which are delivered in South Africa and Mozambique) and activities to raise awareness on food waste

Research Topics/Questions we address

In general, we address issues related to inequalities in food distribution and their consequences on environment and individual health.

More specifically, we look at the following questions:

  • How do ICTs help organizations more accurately plan and become more efficient in collecting food and reducing waste?
  • How can we improve the quality of food which gets distributed taking into account goals such as dietary restrictions, nutrients balance?
  • How do perceived quality of food and awareness about the impact of food waste in consumer help reduce food waste?

Impact

  • The charities using BringTheFood managed to more than double their throughput of donations. About 1200 tons of food have been collected with BringTheFood in three years of operations, helping more than 19.000 people.
  • We are helping canteens reduce food waste
  • With our educations activities we regularly raise awareness about food waste
  • We trained more than 150 students and professionals across Southern Africa on web and mobile development

Projects

  • BringTheFood and BringTheFood Ristorazione are the tools our partners are usnig to donate, collect, and distribute unsold produce and food from canteens.
  • PIE-NEWS is a EU project in the area of second welfare. We are contributing to the development of a platform which is a means through which collaboration, experimentation, and solidarity can be expressed and spread to the whole Europe.

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