March 3rd, 2019

The hackathon was part of NYC’s Open Data Week, and brought together over 65 attendees, including 9 engineers from the Flatiron School and Access labs, 40 community participants, and 15 subject matter experts from NYC Office of Sustainability, Just Food, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Wally Shop, Enertiv, Green Mountain Energy, AgTech X, and Farm.One, all while using open data sources from Stae and NYC Open Data.

The participants were split into 8 competing teams and given 8 hours to create solutions addressing complex issues with air quality, food justice, sustainable energy, and waste.

This worked to further advance the goals of LYLAS Labs to foster collaboration across industries in order to bring new ideas and diverse perspectives to addressing climate change and its impacts.


Winner Spotlight: CircleBack

CircleBack was tasked with addressing the zero waste issues, particularly answering how we can support restaurants and creative chefs in their pursuit to cook and operate sustainable and challenge conventional ways of eating, cooking, using ingredients.

CircleBack would dramatically reduce the $800 monthly cost an average NYC restaurant spends on waste management as well as the 1 million+ tons they collectively produce each year by closing the loop of our current food system; connecting production, distribution, restaurants, and waste. This would be accomplished by sitting at the center of this cycle as a tech-enabled consultant through:

1- Bringing in a consultant to analyze waste and put in place more efficient sustainable systems;

2- Connecting waste producing restaurants to those that can use the waste,

3- Analyzing waste production pain points and connect to sustainable suppliers or food producers to reduce future waste.

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