VNIT team made to “The Top Three of Harvard Global Hackathon”, in premier Global Tech competition organized by Harvard University, the Only Indian Team To Do So.


VNIT team made to “The Top Three of Harvard Global Hackathon Competition”, the Only Indian Team To Do So

A team of B Tech Chemical Engineering brought laurels to India. Vishnu Mamidi, Utkarsh Gupta and Sumit Saboo of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) Nagpur  who participated in HackHarvard Global Hackathon made to top three  in “Environment”  Category. It is a premier Global Tech competition organized by Harvard University and sponsored by Ali Baba Inc.

The team presented a unique solution to creating awareness and eliminating food wastage in Hotels and mess, by letting the people know, the amount of water that has been consumed till the time the dish is served on the table. For example water footprint of one dish of Chola Bhatura is 850 Lit.  This study is the outcome of their course ‘Sustainable Engineering”.

The  team also came up with a menu card for a local hotel, with price and water foot  print of each dish. The objective of the project is to make the people aware  about food wastage through water footprint

The project focused on multiple solutions mainly being:

Web portal(vista) : This enables consumers and restaurants to register, analyze all their food wastage that they are doing. Vista shows user their rank, daily trend, consumption statistics , history, star ratings.

Wastage details are  automatically updated at our partnered restaurant.

With all these users are encouraged to save the food the waste.

Another solution was to revise restaurant menu cards to show the food print (calories, water, co2, etc) of each individual item.

There are  other solutions that are displayed on the website foodprint.ecellvnit.org

The team was guided by Dr Sachin A Mandavgane who offers a unique course ‘ Sustainable Engineering’. Director VNIT Professor P M Padole congratulated the team.