On April 23, 2012, two student groups tackling hunger and agriculture management challenges emerged as winners in the U.S. Finals of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Software Design Competition. The annual competition is designed to encourage students to develop technology-based solutions for pressing global issues.
Flash Food, a real-time food donation delivery platform, took first place in the U.S. finals and will go onto to compete in the worldwide finals in Australia this summer. Created by a team of students from Arizona State University, Flash Food helps restaurants or event organizers coordinate same-day food donation deliveries to families in need. The goal is to get perishable items to families faster and more efficiently.
LegenDairy, web and mobile platforms that enables farmers to monitor livestock health conditions using RFID technology and Windows Azure Cloud computing, won the new U.S. Windows Azure award. The Brigham Young University group hopes that collecting such data will improve accuracy of data reports, increase production efficiencies and reduce the cost of food.
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