Hackathon to End Hunger

The 2017 Hackathon to End Hunger took place on September 23 at Strata Decision Technology. Hackathon participants worked in teams to examine hunger through a technology lens and develop ideas and applications that overcome barriers to timely and relevant data collection. Nine teams worked for 12 hours building technology solutions to address data collection and capture issues as it relates to existing Food Depository programs, namely mobile distributions. The winning team ultimately created a SMS-based chatbot solution to gather real-time food insecurity data at the hyper-local level. The data will enable the Food Depository to better predict increases or decreases to food insecurity at the neighborhood level.