Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Lovoy food delivery volunteering platform

Lovoy is dedicated to solve global food insecurity by building a map-based mobile app that instantly pair up users with fellow volunteers to deliver unsold food from restaurants to homeless shelters.

Globally, about 842 million people are estimated to be undernourished, while one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. New York City alone wastes 1,640 tons of food per day, equal to 2 million meals, while more than 1.4 million New Yorkers are food insecure. In other words, every 1 out of 6 people is suffering from hunger. Though government and NGOs are actively shortening the meal gap, 25 percent of agencies currently do not have enough food supplies, and 82 percent reported an increase in the number of people served compared to the past year.

Lovoy aims to transform people’s daily commute into a life-saving volunteer experience. Using Lovoy, users can easily help reduce food waste and alleviate hunger, by delivering unsold food from restaurants to homeless shelters along their way to work or home. According to the result of 300 street surveys in Manhattan, 81 percent of people claim that lack of time limits them from volunteering. From our preliminary market research, Lovoy effectively shortens the volunteering process to 15-30 minutes. The shortened time would increase 40 percent of the weekly volunteering rate, and each delivery would in average feed ten New Yorkers struggling with hunger. As a result, Lovoy will help bridge the meal gap, and lead a culture of helping others any time, anywhere.

Lovoy blends the on-line and off-line experience. It aims to revolutionize the volunteering industry and make a profound social impact by using mobile technology and the model of the sharing economy. This is not only cool technology but also shows how the Internet of Things can contribute to our society for good in a feasible way.