CHANGING the world one app at a time, four young people from Sabah and Sarawak have come up with the idea of ending hunger and saving Mother Nature at the same time.

Aged between 14 and 16, Allegra Chan Qin Hur, Ezra Adrian Robert, Ivan Avannus and Joseph Chung presented their winning idea during the first ever Sime Darby Young Innovators Challenge (SDYIC) workshop in June this year.

This regional workshop is aimed at engaging young minds and inspire innovative ideas that address global problems and help make the world a better place.

Named Robin Food, their app is the first of its kind to be funded by Sime Darby and will, for now, only be available in the Klang Valley.

(From left) Yayasan Sime Darby Council member Datin Paduka Zaitoon Othman, Sime Darby president and group chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh, Abdul Ghani and the winners of the Sime Darby Young Innovators Challenge, namely Allegra, Ivan, Joseph and Ezra at the launch of the Robin Food app. — Photos by NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

How the app came to be was through Sime Darby’s Young Innovators Challenge 2016 where 200 participants aged 13 to 16 had to tackle the challenge of overcoming the global issue of poverty.

This team of young teenagers decided to combine this challenge with the food wastage problem and kill two birds with one stone through the creation of their app called Robin Food.

Essentially, what the app does is it connects supermarkets that have surplus food to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charitable organisations where they will then distribute the food over to urban poor families and the homeless.

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