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Creators: Marilyn, Heather
High School Students from Mouse Design League (DIIT) @ High School for Health Careers and Sciences
Type of Project:
  • Audio/Video,
  • Business & Marketing
Themes of Project:
  • Culture/Heritage,
  • Education/Schools,
  • Food Justice
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About this Project:

The issue our app addresses is the decline of students eating school lunch. As students ourselves, we know the problem regarding lunch fully well. Truthfully, we don’t even eat lunch, which results in spending the whole day hungry until we return home. However, not all students have the privilege of eating outside of school and rely on school lunches. Going more than eight hours without a proper meal isn’t healthy and students can’t possibly be expected to work their best on empty stomachs. So to resolve this problem, we came up with the idea of creating an app that provides students with the option of eating foods of their choice. DIG-IN focuses on diversity, allowing students from different cultural backgrounds to utilize our services as they wish. This app also includes the nutritional values of certain dishes to encourage students to eat healthy. For those who are unable to pay for their meals, DIG-IN offers a free service program.

This idea of this app derived from the want for better school lunch. We, along with other students, have grown tired of spending our entire school day hungry so we’ve decided to make a change. At first, we thought of an app that would simply bring food to students during their lunch periods. Then, we took into consideration other student’s backgrounds and dietary needs. Which influenced our apps evolvement to what it is today.

If DIG-IN were to be built, students would simply have to download our app, fill out the log in requirements, verify their identifications, and order! Once this is done, their food would be delivered to them directly at school if the order was placed during school hours. QR codes are used to identify both the driver and the students order. Our services also extend to non students yet they don’t come with the same benefits.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Henry McKelvey
👏 Adjunct Professor at University of The Potomac — Emoti-Con Judge
The project solves a problem that will harm children, so I am all into food choices.

Jason Hurst
👏 Customer Experience Product Manager at Cisco — Emoti-Con Judge
Your slides present the need and the idea very well. It is definitely a problem to think about. I would like to know more about how your app would be different from available meal delivery apps like Uber Eats. You might also think about whether it is possible to make it more efficient by letting kids combine orders so they only need one delivery driver for multiple meals. Nice work, and keep the ideas coming!

Nathalie Churchill
👏 Product Operations Principal Engineer at Dell Technologies — Emoti-Con Judge
Wow !
Marilyn, Heather: wow !
This is such a fantastic idea, addressing a real problem, in a tangible manner, with a strong personal touch very well articulated and thought through; also encompassing the necessity of diversity and inclusion: I am impressed doesn't even begin to cover it !
If your app is developed you could make a real change, you are trailblazers and I applaud you.
No one has yet successfully tackled this issue, and it is impacting every school globally. I have seen ideas by celebrities like Jamie Oliver trying to make a change in schools lunches in the UK, but your innovation is playing with the relevance of how the world functions here in the US, right now, and I love it and I believe you can make a real change. I visited the website front page and looked at the registration form - clean and simple design, I love it. The mock up of menu option on your slides is great too.
I would like to know whether you would find a local kitchen willing to cater for the meals delivery on demand or if you are looking at the already existing restaurant chains in the students local areas - in any case, to maintain your main goal - providing healthy meals: please make sure that the providers are made aware that the meals are for school students and the nutritional value/ content must be within certain guidelines. I have no doubt that the right professionals will execute menu options for delivery within guidelines; if you network with them and help link healthy offers from your site, to healthy controlled options on their end.
This is an incredible idea, congratulations to you both, I can't wait to see where this goes: Bravo !

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