| Posted on 25/05/2014 - 16:19|
FoodAlly allows citizens to easily get details, facts and scandals about alimentary products and companies. People can obtain verified information or simple hints offered by our community, just using their smartphone at the market.
The alimentary industry is dominated by big corporations who deliberately neglects people's health to pursue profits. They can manipulate people’s alimentary habits counting on uncomprehended data and hidden facts. Many people are usually confused by predominated faked data across internet that lead them to lose interest about the consumed food quality; others feel have enough details in order to make right choices, but often they are just cheated by adverts! e.g., last year a famous italian jam’s company that labels their products as "organics" was blocked in Japan due to high radiation level in one of their products. These kind of data (like many others about dangerous ingredients) is exactly what people would know but currently are unable to access verified and organized facts!
We are going to develop a complete system (website & mobile app) that will manage wide kind of information for alimentary products. Our goal is to catalog most of everyday used alimentary products, providing useful nutrition data, composition of food and linking facts (studies and reports around ingredients, companies’ bad behaviors and scandals). The mobile app will get all alimentary data just taking a picture of product’s bar code. We are confident to receive huge support from the community in order to add/manage/catalog more data on our infrastructure. Every published data must have verified source: we are using wikipedia as inspiration. To improve user experience aside verified facts there will be a section for users opinions and suggestions (e.g., recipes, ranks and hints).
Target group and social impact
WHO WILL BENEFIT? Those european residents which are interested in at least one "alimentary topic" such as: health care, diet plan, save money, fare trade or childs nutrition. They will be able to obtain all information using their smartphone or pc. WHAT ARE THOSE POTENTIAL BENEFITS? We'll form an alimentary community which promote a responsible food consumption, boosting the choice of better qualitative products and informing people about dangerous ones. Many marks give major importance to decorative features such as presentation instead food quality contents. FoodAlly would help to promote those marks that give more importance to food quality than advertisements, i.e., towards "fear trade". FoodAlly helps to save money in the daily shoopping and it's cost free and available for everyone.
Competences of the applicant
We have been working with many open source projects from whom we have learned a lot of the community power. Ale is C++/C#/Java/Php/Mysql/Html/Css developer, linux server and big networks administrator, exherbo linux developer. Ric is C/Ada/Java/Php developer, db administrator, worked on various opensource projects(rtems, hi-lite, orekit) and developed software for bank industry(10 years).
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