Exploring issues of food security and sustainability
Ten teams of journalists, designers, developers, and policy experts built prototypes that explored food data in a little more than 26 hours May 3-4, 2014. The National Geographic Future of Food Hackathon, sponsored by GRACE Communications Foundation, brought together designers and developers from media organizations such as the Boston Globe, Narrative Science, ProPublica, Vox Media, the Washington Post, WNYC, and National Geographic, among others, as well as food and policy experts.
All ten teams presented their ideas to a panel of industry experts including Dr. Pietro Gennari, director of statistics at the UNFAO; Ben Fry, principal at Fathom; Kaitlin Yarnall, project leader of the Future of Food series at National Geographic; and Dennis Dimick, executive editor of the environment at National Geographic.
While all the projects were inventive and exciting, four of the prototypes were singled out for special recognition.
Learning about the distance their food travels before reaching the grocery store can help shape a consumer's behavior. This app lets people make and share grocery lists based on how far food travels before reaching the supermarket, while also recommending regionally seasonal food options.
— Created by Sisi Wei, Eric Sagara, Noah Veltman, Tim Wong, Mike Tigas, and Maggie Zackowitz
Nongovernmental organizations, policymakers, corporate leaders, and others need a fast and efficient way to identify potential sites by looking at data like population density and rainfall to evaluate the chosen strategy.
— Created by Andrew Nacin and Keri Kae Nacin
Here are all the other prototypes from the weekend: