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April News/20

We continue our journey of building our Electrical MVP from Home!

Colin our electrical wizard has initially tested a small digital weighing device with an LCD from the confines of his home. (All of the Greenkode team are self_isolating). The video shows proof of concept of an electrical weighing device that has an LCD screen for user feedback. We are going onto the next stage of refining the code for better control and information feedback.


Could pesky flies be our new best friend?

Can insect farming reduce the stress on food stocks across the Southern Hemisphere?

We recently listened to an interesting episode of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s podcast series ‘Exploring the Circular Economy’ discussing flies as a potential solution to the food crisis.

How do you even get 8.4 billion flies to live together and operate in a way that makes it easy to capture their larvae? In the episode, Jason Drew (CEO of AgriProtein) explore how we can replicate natural processes, replace the need for much of the fishing that happens today, and create a product that can help to regenerate our soils.



Greenkode takes a look into effects that the Coronavirus is having on our food chain in the UK

by Mattie Stanton/12th-April-2020

The Team Continue to #WorkFromHome

James, our Software Lead, has now added in the ability to access AWS services to the back and frontend of the Web application by using AWS Cognito services.

The above shows a screenshot of the login feature he has implemented recently using AWS services. He is going onto the next stage of setting up the data logic of the application for better control and information feedback.

There are two primary components of Amazon Cognito: user poolsand identity pools. The user pool allows the developer to create sign-up and sign-in options on the web app, whereas the identity pool enables the developer to grant users access to AWS services. After setting up Amazon Cognito, the user can authenticate and access to other AWS services. There are three steps to do this:

  1. The diagram the left shows the user signs up through a user pool and receives a user pool token.
  2.  Next, the app exchanges the user pool tokens for AWS credentials through an identity pool.
  3. The AWS credentials are used to access AWS Services.

In the dashboard, the AWS DynamoDB database is for storing the food waste information, and it lets the user have access to the data after being authenticated.


Happy Birthday Nude! + Some Positive Community Action

Businesses in Falmouth coming together to provide their services in alternative ways during the pandemic

Order all your essentials from Un_rap, freshly baked goods from Stones Bakery Falmouth and nutritious meals from Nude – click and collect or get it delivered!

In truly unprecedented times likes these it is important to support your local businesses as well important lessons to be learned in diversifying your business in response to a crisis.

As the Greenkode team are based in Penryn, near Falmouth, we are fortunate enough to have such wonderful local businesses on our doorstep. Just a few examples are; convenient clean-eating canteen NUDE (who recently celebrated their first year being in Falmouth – congratulations Jess), Falmouth’s zero waste shop Un_rap, and artisan bakery and cafe Stones Bakery Falmouth. All three have transformed to collection and delivery services as well as teaming up in delivering their goods to serve their community.



We continue our journey of building our Electrical MVP from Home!

Colin our electronics lead has successfully linked the weighing data to a cellular network. This means we can store the data onto any cloud service.

Greenkode Takes A Look At The Positive Environmental Effects Of The Coronavirus

by Blue Flectcher/20th-April-2020


The team continues to make progress towards building the dashboard MVP!

Our lead software developer, James, is working on creating reports on the dashboard. The weight data from the electronic device Colin showed us last week is sending data to the database, and from there it sends data to the reports.
James is now prototyping the software to receive data and display as graphics in the reports. These reports will help you monitor and track food waste, so chefs and managers can take action to change their behaviour, and work towards a more sustainable kitchen!

# ChefsManifesto

Bring positive change to your kitchen!

The SDG2 Advocacy Hub facilitates the Chefs’ Manifesto, a community of 640+ chefs from 77 countries, equipped with a simple set of actions to drive progress against the food issues that matter most to them.


Boredom of lockdown getting the best of you? Want to learn how we to save the planet? TedEd has put together a month of daily adventures to explore a greener future!

Now more than ever, we need to protect, nurture and care for Earth – learn something amazing every weekday between Earth Day (April 22nd) and World Environment Day (June 5th). Within each lesson, you’ll find fascinating resources compiled by Earth experts and ideas for getting involved in ways that count.

LEARN MORE HERE (child-friendly but totally for adults too!)


Greenkode explores the difficulty of keeping yourself productive during the Coronavirus Self-Isolation Practice

by Mattie Stanton/29th-April-2020

These are very difficult times for everyone to maintain a routine and be productive during this self-isolating time. Mattie Stanton reflects on these inter-woven issues.

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