Updated 7 hours 46 min ago
Our not for profit Open Food Web Foundation has already been working on a general solution to the problem of “making it easy to buy and sell local food" (see below). The problems we pose for RHOK are specific and stand-alone but related:
1) Bulk Food Ordering: For many people, organic and sustainably produced food perceived as (or is) too expensive. Bulk buying can enable dispersed groups of people to access wholesale prices, making good food more affordable. However, there are currently significant transaction and administration costs for people and coops who are working together to bulk buy.
2) Sharing Transport: The problem of moving food around at minimum cost / greenhouse emissions, requires users to be able to work together to plan shared trips e.g. one farmer bringing produce from multiple farmers into the city.
General problem - Making it easy to buy and sell local food. Many consumers want to “know their farmers” (where they are, how they farm, what price they get) while still having wide choice and the ease and convenience of local pick-up/access. They don’t necessarily want to have to “do the research” or deal with farmers directly - they just want to deal through someone who they can trust to make sure the food meets their preferences whatever they may be (good quality; affordable; ethical; organic; healthy; fair for farmers; etc).
Many farmers want an alternative to commodity markets that is easy (ie not having to deal directly with many customers); provides a good return and is fair. However, many don’t have the inclination, time or skills to sell through farmers’ markets or launch their own direct marketing strategy.
There are a growing number of ethical/locally accountable SMEs providing valuable distribution / processing / retail etc services to farmers and to customers. For these enterprises to supply affordable good quality food to customers and a fair price to producers, they need to be able to achieve administrative and logistical efficiencies in the supply network. Business models for these enterprises are diverse (box schemes; cooperatives; community run; for profit; wholesalers; food processors etc) so a “one size fits all” approach won’t work but they have a lot in common in terms of basic business processes.
General solution - the Open Food Network prototype - We have developed a prototype open source online food marketplace in response to these needs. It is being tested by two separate “distribution” enterprise users, who each use it for trade with many farmers and consumers. The key organising principle is that transparency of product and price is maintained from the producer, through the supply network, to the customer. The next version will enable “networked” trade by multiple distribution enterprises trading with many producers and many customers. A one stop shop(s) for local food that is affordable, convenient, fair and trustworthy.
General info: http://openfoodweb.org/foundation/ofn/
Tech overview: https://github.com/eaterprises/openfoodweb/wiki/Orientation
Updated 1 day 4 hours ago
Our Power would be an app that directly connects individuals and organizations to communities interested in developing their own renewable energy resource needs. The app would allow interested communities to access information, funding and technology toward obtaining or maintaining renewable energy sources.
Updated 1 day 6 hours ago
The location and contact details of hospitals have been exported from openstreetmap.
In addition locations have been uploaded by registered users. We want to ‘harden’ and validate the contact details of the hospitals and their locations. The proposal is to pass the data through data validation exercise.JSON file of the locations.
- Harden the data by passing it through different methods of validation.
- Publish a choropleth visualisation that shows the accuracy of the hospital contact information. Dark green (score 15) - Light green (score 1)
- Level 5 - Local resident confirms - Epicollect? (score 5)
- Level 4 - Local primary health care validation - Twitter, Direct login and confirmation (score 4)
- Level 3 - Government list - Need to source (score 3)
- Level 2 - Google search confirmation - Crowdcrafting requirement (score 2)
- Level 1 - Exported from openstreetmap or added directly on the site (score 1)
Reverse Geo-Coding Addresses in data file using open street map:
Updated 2 days 19 hours ago
I live in an area made up almost entirely of farmers. I want them to know the fair market price for any crops that they are trying to sell.
When a seasonal crop is ready to be sold to the big empty trucks from Nairobi the folks in my village rely on word of mouth to know what the fair market price or their produce is. I think a simple app that you could text and be told the fair market price of any given produce would be incredibly useful to the people in my area. Supposedly Safaricom, the main cell phone provider in Kenya, has such an app but every time I have tried to text it I have not received a response. Because most of the people in my village have very basic cell phones the app would need to work on a text message platform and preferably for all networks.
Updated 3 days 12 hours ago
Make No Mistake - bushfire survival planning is the responsibility of individuals, including young people and it can be a bit boring!
In areas of high bushfire risk there are many households without a bushfire survival plan. If there is a plan it is often made by the the adults for the enitre household. Young people, especially teenagers do not always understand the risk and may not pay close attention to the plan (if there is one).
Many households plan to just leave early. Great. What happens when it is the third day of Code Red fire danger in a row. The pressure is on to go to work but the local high school is closed. What's the plan for the teenagers? What happens when a fire starts in the area and there is no option to leave?
We need to inspire these young people to understand bushfire risk so that they can get involved in bushfire planning.
Our young people are typically avid internet and social media users. We need to develop a way of engaging with young people online in the high risk bushfire areas to get them bushfire prepared and potentially save their lives.
With the help of RHoK we would now like to increase the level of knowledge of bushfire risk and preparedness amongst our teenagers. "Make No Mistake" will be a game (web-based and/or mobile) that is fun, educational and interesting enough that teenagers will play it!
Some of the issues to be addressed are:
- teenagers being left home alone on high bushfire risk days (school holidays, sick, pupil free days)
- teenagers from out of the area coming into a high risk area to attend school
- teenagers from high risk areas who attend schools out of the area (knowing when it is safe to come home)
- understanding information available (eg. fire danger ratings, weather conditions, warnings & incidents)
- how to survive if confronted by a bushfire event
- letting people know where they are on days of high bushfire risk.
The key features required are that it is a GAME, it is FUN, there are THINGS TO DO and QUESTIONS to answer.
Updated 3 days 18 hours ago
User-friendly and simple grade book software with an editable text allowing the program to be easily translated, and also a "print report card" mode.
Often schools receive computers and other technology that is not used because the teachers do not know English or the program they might use is too complicated, such as using Excel to keep track of grades. A very simple grade book that would allow teachers to keep track of scores and absences would increase the likelihood of the teachers incorporating technology into their profession. Having an option to edit the titles in the program so that they could be typed in the native language of the community would further encourage school wide use. Lastly, a print report card or email option would give teachers an easy way to let parents know how their children are performing in the class.
Hear Ryan explain his challenge:
Updated 3 days 21 hours ago
Accurate and accessible mapping services have changed how many of use see our place in the world. Whether it's interactive street maps, satellite imagery or detailed maps of natural resources it is easier than ever to have accurate knowledge of where we call home. Many communities in rural part of the world are not accurately mapped, current maps are not easily updated, or in many cases communities are not mapped at all. Professional GPS technology and GIS software can be very costly and very complicated, especially for those with little to no experience with computer programs, like many who live in rural communities.
Utilizing the location services already on many cell phones, location way-points could be saved and uploaded later to a simple web-based service for map creation, editing and publishing online or printing. A user would open the application on their cell phone, or location service device, and stand at a landmark or way-point. The application would save their geo-location and give them the ability to name the location and label it under a category (such as 'road' or 'water source'). Later, the user is able to upload their data-points to a web-based mapping service. Current free online mapping services could be used, like GPS Visualizer or Open Street Map, or another service could be developed. This service would be more integrated with the mobile application, designed for the purpose of mapping unmapped locations, and more user friendly to people of different world languages.
Giving rural villagers maps of their communities will provide opportunities for villages to: measure their local resources and create natural resource management plans; view infrastructure (such as water pump locations) on a village wide scale so needs and improvements can be modeled to benefit the greatest number of people. An accurate local map would be a useful teaching tool to increase spacial reasoning skills for primary and secondary school geography lessons, students could also have a chance to create their own maps of landmarks important to them. Accurate maps would also greatly help emergency planning and disaster relief efforts. Lastly, empowering individuals to define and explore their community through maps broadens minds and gives people a better understanding of their sense of place in the world. It is an opportunity to put their communities 'On the Map.'
Updated 4 days 6 hours ago
Smart Giving is a platform where individuals, charities and businesses will interact and support each other. We are aiming to develop a web App which will allow people to give any thing they like e.g. time, skills or money and get rewarded for social giving. We are gamifying the concept of giving and making it fun. Our members will earn Joys (points) for whatever they give, which can be converted into cash back discounts offered by our business members. Its simple, we are part of nature and it has a simple rule, more we give the more we get.
All public donations will be transferred to member charities. We have established a charitable fund called Smart Giving Trust, which is Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) endorsed by tax office and holds fundraising licenses to collect public donations throughout Australia. At this stage, we need help to build a very basic application to get some feedback. We have uploaded a presentation which help you understand our long term vision for a global platform. http://bit.ly/14610Ed
Updated 5 days 3 hours ago
Environmental degradation in the form of soil erosion is a serious problem all over the lowlands of Lesotho and especially in the area of Taung where I live and work. The main cause of this soil erosion is unsustainable farming practices and overgrazing.
While most youth were taught about soil erosion in primary school, there is not currently an agriculture program at the high school that serves the area. With out thorough education about soil erosion and the practices that cause it, youth will learn and up hold the customary agricultural practices of their parents and the environment will continue to deteriorate.
In order to teach youth about the causes of soil erosion in an engaging way and hopefully promote behavior change in the way the people of Lesotho grow crops and raise animals, I have come up with the idea of a game that can be played on a Smart Phone. The game, Agritown would be similar to the popular Farmville game, where a player will tend to his or her own farm and livestock through controlling an avatar. However, Agritown differs where the player will see the consequences of his or her actions in the way that the land either regenerates showing sustainable agricultural techniques or wears away by way of soil depletion, creation of dangas (ditches caused by soil erosion), water/wind run off, etc. teaching the player how poor techniques affect the environment. The game would also have update the player on the state of the environment and what is happening to the land as the player chooses to implement certain techniques.
Please open the link below to learn more about the impact of soil erosion in the area of Taung: http://youtu.be/wCFeIsWEyck
Updated 6 days 21 hours ago
In the rural villages of Tanzania, like the small village where I live, cell phone service is not even close to reliable. We (the villagers and I) have to walk around to parts of the village to try to get even one bar of service. It seems (I'm not quite certain yet) that the weather affects service as well, so there are many times when there is no service to be found whatsoever. If we could find a way to construct a low-tech, low-cost antennae to either plug in or be near to increase signal strength, our village would be able to connect to other villages without simply traveling to them. This would save time (no need to travel as much) as well as money (cost of continuous attempts at calls that get cut off or have very poor quality).