Networked Intelligence – crowdsourcing food rescue

Event date/time: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
ILC Comm Hub, 3rd Floor

Daisy Tam, Ph.D., will be presenting current research which investigates the potential of a networked approach to crowdsourcing food rescue in urban environments. Like many cosmopolitan cities, Hong Kong’s urban food system is unsustainable – it spends 4.4% of its GDP to import over 90% of the food it consumes and disposes 3648 tonnes of it a day into landfills, while 1.3 million people face food insecurity. Tackling the logistical challenge of food rescue contributes positively to waste reduction and poverty alleviation and increases community resilience. In the talk, I will cover the design aspects of the platform, theoretical implications of collective intelligence, and insights drawn from the urban food system in Hong Kong.

Daisy Tam is the Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Urban Risk Lab. She is assistant professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University where she teaches and does research on food systems and practices with a particular focus on urban food security. Her current project is a theoretical and technical undertaking where she explores the potential of community driven practices in food rescue. Daisy’s interdisciplinary research brings together philosophy, cultural theory and technology. She is the author of “Towards a Parasitic Ethics” in Theory, Culture and Society

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Event Date: 
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 1:00pm
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