Grade 8 Students from Greater Toronto Win February North America goIT Monthly Challenge

Proposed App Addresses Food Insecurity One Community at a Time
Apr 4, 2023 9:35 AM ET
Campaign: TCS | goIT
Text: goIT Monthly Challenge February 2023 Winner, Congratulations to FeedSecure! Created by 8th grade students from Zion Heights Middle School in Toronto, this app concept would help track food expiration dates and contribute to the improved management of food waste and distribution. (With image of students)

April 4, 2023 /3BL Media/ - FeedSecure, an app concept with the potential to help reduce food waste and expand food availability, is the winner of the Tata Consultancy Services’ February 2023 goIT Monthly Challenge for North America.

TCS’ goIT Monthly Challenge is a global STEM competition that engages students from diverse backgrounds in activities that bridge the learning gap with STEM, computer science, design thinking, and digital innovation. Each month, students are invited to submit ideas for digital innovations that could help address one of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), further connecting students and in-school learning to the importance of developing solutions for the most pressing issues of our time.

“Today’s students are brimming with ideas that have the potential to transform how we live, work and protect our environment,” said John Dichiara, Manager, [need precise title!]. “Our goal with goIT is to provide students with the skills, confidence and mindsets to pursue careers of the future. The goIT Monthly Challenge further connects youth to real-world challenges so these talented young people can see themselves as problem solvers now."

The UN’s 17 2030 SDGs seek to bring individuals, communities and nations together to protect the planet, eliminate poverty and inequality and transform our world for the better. In February, TCS partnered with The Food Bank Singapore and Sodexo Food and Facilities Management to challenge students to create a digital innovation that addressed SDG 2: Zero Hunger. All entries in February focused on reducing hunger, achieving food security, or improving nutrition.

Kathy C., Melinda Z., and Rebecca H., grade 8 students from Toronto District School Board's Zion Heights Middle School in North York, Ontario, Canada won the challenge with FeedSecure, an app concept to help keep track of food expiration dates and reduce food waste. With the goal of saving enough food to provide for people experiencing hunger or food insecurity in a particular community, the innovation would advise users of opportunities to donate food so it could be safely consumed by those who need it. Among its many features, it would also include opportunities to find compost donations for local foodbanks or community gardens, and a community forum to share donation opportunities.

Learn more about the program, this month’s challenge and FeedSecure, the February North America goIT Monthly Challenge winner, on the TCS goIT Monthly Challenge website.