In our sessions as team advisers, we discovered Comen, an interesting project whose aim is to connect food donors and social entities so that surplus food reaches those who need it most.
EDICOM: Why did you decide to take part in Technovation?
COMEN TEAM: Because they put the idea to us at school and it seemed like an interesting challenge, but also difficult. We would be able to program and improve our technological tools at the same time as we could help to end a social problem.
E: What does the Comen application consist of?
C.T.: The app consists of a network to connect social entities with food donors. Basically, the only thing donors do is to publish the amount of food with all the necessary traceability data so that the social entities can see it and reserve it. This way, at the same time, we put an end to food waste and help people who really need that food.
E: How did you get the idea?
C.T.: During the lockdown, we realised that there was a lot of food going to waste, both in restaurant and commercial areas, while there were many people asking for food. In our school we have always been made aware of these nutritional problems.
E: What did each member do as part of the project?
C.T.: Clara was the programmer who made functioning of the app possible. Ana was the community manager who drafted the business plan. Carla was in charge of marketing. And I took care of the creative side by creating the video, the logo and the name of the app.
Learning to program
E: Which technologies did you use to develop the application?
C.T.: We used App Inventor and several databases, because we ran into some issues. We also used the Canva design platform and Google tools to create forms and video editors.
E: What did you learn after all the work carried out?
C.T.: With this project we have not only learned how to program, use different apps, gather information in different ways or work in a team, as we also learned about the current situation with food waste. This increased our concern and made us more eager to solve the problem.
In addition, when drawing up the business plan we learned how to estimate the costs and create a company from scratch. We learned how to search for information and select what is important by holding interviews with entities or companies. We created an interdisciplinary project incorporating several school subjects.
E: In the future, would you like to study a technical career?
C.T.: Although we are still not sure what we want to study as adults, it is true that thanks to the project we have been able to learn what it would be like to study a technical career, and we have discovered that we would also like to consider this possibility in the future.
Congratulations to the team for their great work! The future is brimming with STEAM talent.