2/12/2016 4:10:56 PM
|written By : Sanjana Kamdar & Jiya Shamdasani|
Headline: Indian Teenager In Singapore Develops Unique Mobile App
By Sanjana Kamdar & Jiya Shamdasani
A 17-year-old-Indian student in Singapore has developed a free mobile app that allows individuals to prevent food wastage and save money.
The app, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, alerts consumers to the impending expiry date of the perishable items they have purchased from a participating grocery store, thus helping them to prevent food wastage and maximising the store’s customer base.
Urvi Guglani, a final year IB Student, at the United World College of SE Asia developed the FoodEpiSave App last August after she came back from India where she discovered that expiry dates on medical invoice barcodes there are mandatory.
She was surprised to find that grocery stores here did not have the expiry dates of goods on their bar codes and recently approached a supermarket chain with the idea of offering them this application for free. “I just want to see it work and help to save food. Do you know, every year more than 800,000 tons of food is wasted in Singapore?” She is also planning to work with the Food Bank on this.
The FoodEpiSave app is India-born Guglani’s second successful technical breakthrough. Some months ago she partnered with Saksham Hospital, located in the outskirts of Delhi, together with two friends to build a software that allows patients to book their hospital slots with doctors. This has become such a success that waiting time has been cut by 80 per cent. She has founded a company called Technicality with a girl from UWC Mahindra (Poona) she met at her first hackathon in Singapore last July.