Kaitlin Augustine, from Moon, picks crabapples for 412 Food Rescue at Mellon Park in Shadyside in September. The project aims to convert fresh, rescued food into affordable prepared meals.
By Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ten finalists have been selected for UpPrize, a competition that challenges organizations to come up with technologies and solutions to help the needy in the Pittsburgh region.
All 10 will receive a $10,000 grant and will compete for final awards of up to $300,000.
A total 175 organizations entered UpPrize in October to solve one of two challenges: developing technology to improve how nonprofits deliver services; and developing products or services to increase healthy food access for underserved people and communities.
The finalists in the impactful technology category are:
• BlastPoint, which provides technology to access big data;
• Community Data Roundtable, which developed a portal for parents to access their children’s medical information;
• Expii Inc., which developed a free, educational website focused on math and science learning;
• HiberSense, which developed a system to monitor thermostats for energy savings;
• Rubitection, which developed a device to help medical providers prevent and manage bedsores.
In the healthy foods category, finalists are:
• 412 Food Rescue’s Good Food Project, which converts fresh, rescued food into affordable prepared meals;
• Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-Op, which is addressing food insecurity in Homewood and Uptown;
• Economic Development South, which is trying to establish a corner food market in Clairton;
• Knead Community Cafe, which is establishing a pay-what-you-can restaurant in New Kensington;
• Bible Center Church’s Oasis Project, which is training youth in Homewood in urban farming.
UpPrize, which held its first competition in 2015, is organized by the Forbes Funds. Sponsors are the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Bridgeway Capital, Comcast Business and UPMC.
Finalists will make their last pitches at an event March 30 at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.
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