A group of computer science graduate students read about Benefit Brownies on Quora. I knew there was a reason I was posting stories there! They need a project for an upcoming Hack-a-Thon, and they think this idea about reducing food waste to fight hunger is a good one. We had our first video meeting today -- already something I've never done before. All five students on the call were in different states and had never met in person, but they're coming together with a passion for this project.
These guys are smart, and they want to make a difference in the world, and we're all going to work together on technology development that will make our Waste Not Food Taxi a simple turn-key operation. We'll test it here in Portland and tweak it over the next few months. It may involve an additional website and probably a cool app. It might involve aspects I know nothing about. (It probably will -- as far as technology goes, I'm a pretty good cook.) At first I have to continue recruiting donors and volunteers with a lot of walking and begging, but once the word gets out, I hope the coolness factor will attract participation throughout the Portland Metro area.
Once they've helped me get the Portland network online and working smoothly, the software will be published as open source, so any city anywhere can reproduce what we're doing here.
Ryan and Sean and their buddies are my new best friends. They're on fire to make the world a better place, and I get to go along for the ride! Stay tuned for exciting developments!