Out of more than 200 students, the winning team applied the SUPPLYZ technology in a new circular economy use case in Vienna (Austria), in collaboration with the Blum Group, Vorwerk Group, Philips Domestic Appliances, Coca-Cola HBC, Speisekammer, and Checkpoint Systems.
During 48 hours, students from different universities tackled Circular Kitchen challenges as part of #ViennaUP'22 .
“How might we design integrations that provide or consume stock data to enable circularity in the kitchen?”
The SUPPLYZ sub-challenge: How might we combine stock tracking of smart jars with a zero-waste online grocery food delivery service?.
The Promise of the Circular Economy
What we eat – and how we grow, process, and deliver it – constitutes a major driver of climate change with a third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Changing our food systems based on the circular economy principles is one of the most powerful things we can do collectively to tackle climate change. As individuals, the kitchen shapes our shopping, cooking, and eating habits. To date, kitchens are part of a linear system: we take ingredients, cook, consume and dispose. Waste is built into the system. Food waste is especially problematic: 30% of all food produced is wasted, and as consumers, our waste constitutes 60% of this global food waste.
Digital technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and data analytics are essential enablers of the circular economy. Technology has the potential to overcome the barrier of a lack of information transfer across value chains.