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Help Shift the Mindset from Consumers to Producers

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Help Shift the Mindset from Consumers to Producers

Event Schedule

CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096

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Academic Hall (ACD) 102
8:00am – 8:30am Check-in, networking, and breakfast.

8:30am – 9:00am Opening and challenge introduction.

9:00am – 9:30am Finalize team information & Walk to Kellogg Library)

Kellogg Library Second Floor

9:30am – 5:30pm Hacking session (lunch available at noon)

5:30pm Submit project to DevPost: https://womenshackathon-csusm-04-2017.devpost.com/

5:30pm – 7:00pm Presentation and judging

University Student Union (USU) Ballrooms
7:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner, judge delivery, and awards



​Challenge 1: Keep America Beautiful

About KAB

Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful is a leading national nonprofit organization that provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 community-based affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. 

Challenge: Identification and Coding of Litter

An important step toward Keeping America Beautiful is to identify problems and educate the public about them. For this challenge, each team is asked to design and develop a software application that can take advantage of current computing technology to help code the varying levels of litter (1=no litter, 2=slightly littered, 3=littered, 4=extremely) in a community using images from Google Streets, and to create a local and national measure of litter. Each team is invited to think through the process of collecting, reviewing, and coding images, the organization of images, and the strategies to engage broader participation from local residents. 

Challenge 2: The Whole Food Nut

About The Whole Food Nut

The Whole Food Nut is a health and nutrition start-up company in San Diego, driven by one passionate health nut.  The CEO (Chief Eating Officer) is a Nutritionist, MScN, that’s building a social media platform and producing videos to help humans take steps in leading a healthier life.  The videos show people the benefits of healthy eating, shopping, cooking as well as the importance of nutrition from whole foods.  People are overwhelmed with the mass amount of conflicting nutrition news and influenced by companies or organizations that only care about their bottom line, not your health.  I want to simplify and break down what this means for them as well as provide easy tools to incorporate into their lives. 
Nearly 75% of all deaths in the US are attributed to just 10 causes. 8 of these 10 are diseases that are largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle involving a balanced diet and physical activity (Heart disease, Cancer, Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Flu/Pneumonia and Kidney Disease).  Food contains information that speaks to our genes, not just calories for energy.  What you eat can be either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. 

Challenge: Identify Obstacles Around Meal Choices

An important step in helping people get healthy is to identify obstacles around their meal choices and provide them with tools to get started in the right direction. With handy recipe tips, guidance and nutrition facts, people can select healthy meal options. 

For this challenge, each team is asked to design and develop a software application that can guide users towards healthier meal choices.  Each team is invited to think through the process of collecting, reviewing and coding SAD (standard American diet) recipes, that can be converted to healthier recipe options.  Each food item in a recipe (protein, carb and fat) can either be a SAD or healthy choice.  When a participant submits a recipe to the website, healthier options are provided from them.  For instance, if they entered a recipe with fried rice and fried pork using canola oil, the healthy recipe swap would provide options for replacement such as: 

•wild black rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth or teff instead of fried rice

•tofu, tempeh, beans or fish instead of fried pork

•coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil or ghee instead of canola oil

Once they select the healthy options, a nutrition label can appear that shows the difference between the 2 recipe choices; providing basic calorie, carb, fat, protein, fiber and sugar percentages.  Providing healthy options can be an effective strategy to educate and engage humans in choosing and creating healthy habits.