The weekend long hackathon at Substation 33 in Logan, Brisbane, from 5 to 7 July, is part of a new Food Agility CRC project led by QUT and Lendlease, that aims to make Yarrabilba in South East Queensland Australia’s first "sustainable food city".
The winning team will get $1000 and the glory of designing the system to be incorporated into Lendlease’s masterplan development at Yarrabilba, which will be home to 45,000 people by 2041.
The brief for the participants is to create a prototype composting system that tracks waste contributions from community members and offers "green credits" that can be exchanged for local goods.
“The world is grappling with a major food challenge: how to make enough healthy food to feed a growing population, with less available land while minimising waste and environmental impact," he said.
“Yarrabilba will be a test ground for how we can embed cutting-edge digital technologies into the design of our cities to create local food systems fuelled by food waste.”
Stage two of the three-year project involves establishing small-scale food production enterprises where goods and services can be exchanged via Smartphone technology.
Yarrabilba Development director Michelle Wooldridge said the research would be incorporated into Lendlease‘s development plans at Yarrabilba.
“This will be the first circular economy community that integrates social, economic and environmental values to provide a dynamic and empowered community that fosters sharing, access, connection, diversity and control.
“We’re looking at environmental sustainability and community health in a whole new way and building in the necessary infrastructure from the beginning. We also think this will generate economic opportunities, whether that’s through urban farming, creating value out of waste or food-based tourism.”