To help our readers hack the food system, Food+Tech Connect partnered with General Assembly (GA)–an educational community that offers classes, workshops, and long form courses in tech, business, and design–to offer a full scholarship to one seat in either their UX Design or Front-End Web Development courses, worth over $3,500.
We received so many great proposals that GA agreed to offer two prizes. We are pleased to award Brittany Cole Bush the UX Design Scholarship, which includes either a Front-End Web Development course or a User Experience Design course. We are also pleased to award Anselm Bradford a full year of UX classes or workshops and the opportunity to present his project in the Food and Technology panel at La Cocina’s Food Entrepreneurship Conference on August 18th.
Learn more about Brittany and Anselm’s backgrounds and plans for hacking the food system below.
BRITTANY COLE BUSH
Hack//Meat SV attendee, Brittany Cole Bush, is a self-deemed modern day shepherdess of animals, people and projects. Among many agrarian endeavors, she is the project manager of Star Creek Co. Land Stewards, a contract grazing outﬁt in the Bay Area of California that uses prescription grazing with sheep and goats as as land management tool.
Brittany spends her days herding animal, but has dreams of building online tools that will enable her and others in the field to “document the movements of my herds of sheep and goats throughout the Bay Area, [collecting data on] fire hazard reduction and vegetation management.”
Along with 4 others at Hack//Meat SV, Brittany developed a hack called MeatLink, a management and scheduling tool for producers and processors. We’ve awarded Brittany the UX General Assembly scholarship to help turn their concept into a digital reality.
Code for America fellow, Anselm Bradford, worked with a 3-person team and partnered with San Mateo County to disrupt our food system. Their primary project, a web API called Ohana API, aims to offer open access to community social services, with an initial emphasis on food security. “For communities to thrive, every member of the community needs to know what services are available in times of need,” reads their website. The Ohana API will help connect San Mateo residents to community organizations & services such as food pantries, farmer’s markets that accept CalFresh, and hot meal programs.
Anselm serves as the front-end developer, a role in which he confronts the unfamiliar area of UX. He feels confident that the skills he gains from his GA scholarhip will help make thier API more intuitive and user-friendly. According to him, “the areas of search & results, dashboards, and user research particularly caught my eye,” as they will help shape the project for the better, despite their tight time frame and limited resources.
To learn more about all the classes and workshops General Assembly offers on technology, design and entrepreneurship, click here.