Giving Garden Growing communities around food and food around communities
Last summer, Deema Tamimi and her husband Josh Livni were looking to get involved with the local food and ag scene. They heard about an upcoming hackathon, Apps for Ag and signed up, not necessarily expecting to participate the whole weekend but primarily to meet people in the food and ag scene. As the event opened however and opening pitches started she saw that no other women were pitching ideas. This motivated her to get up and pitch an idea she had in mind – Giving Garden. As it turns out, that opening pitch attracted a couple of developers who liked her idea and joined her and her husband to form a team to develop a platform around growing communities around food and food around communities with technology. Through the course of the weekend during that hackathon, not only did they complete a prototype, but they ended up winning the 2016 Apps for Ag competition. Fast forward to 2017 and the team is has refined Giving Garden with it in a closed beta and an open beta coming soon. Not only that, but Deema is one of the key organizers for the 2017 Apps for Ag hackathon that will take place this coming weekend at the Urban Hive.
I met with Deema about a block away from the Urban Hive at Old Soul Coffee to where we battled noise from garbage trucks and leaf blowers to chat about Giving Garden, her experience with the hackathon, and the upcoming Apps for Ag this weekend. Check out the video below or the audio-only podcast lower down. Also, as a bonus, Deema presented at 1 Million Cups a few weeks ago and video of that pitch is also located below. Also, you can still sign up for free for this weekends Apps for Ag hackathon.