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CoderDojo Belgium

Europe Code Week: Wed 27 Nov, come and coach the kids during the CoderDojo in Brussels

Kindergarten children learning how to use computers. credits http://www.jsums.edu/education/

Kindergarten children learning how to use computers. credits http://www.jsums.edu/education/

Dear readers,

as you may know, next week 25-30 November is the Europe Code Week, a week of initiatives with a focus on coding – workshops, teaching, or just raising awareness.

For that reason CoderDojo Belgium organises many events and one of them is organised and sponsored by the ICAB next Wednesday 27 November from 14:00 to 17:00.

If you don’t know what a CoderDojo is, please read the post in English or in French I wrote some weeks ago.

FIRST, WE ARE LOOKING FOR COACHES who will coach the kids participating to the CoderDojos. If you are interested, we are organising a Train-the-trainer event next Thursday, Nov. 21 from 17:30 to 18:30.
We will teach you what scratch is about : eventbrite link

SECOND, REGISTER YOUR KIDS for the next Coder Dojos, they are organised once every 2 months, Wed afternoon : http://www.coderdojobelgium.be/coderdojowaar
Kids should bring their laptop but we do provide some. We provide food, drinks and the coaches while the kids create games, movies or any creative content.

THIRD, YOU DON’T NEED TO BE A COMPUTER SCIENTIST to coach kids, watch those tutorials to be convinced and code the next Angry Birds !

Feel free to share the invitation, we are always looking for coaches!

The CoderDojo team: Karin, Frédérique, Jerry, Abdelkrim

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food waste - credits: media.npr.org

SocialFoods, how to avoid wasting 30% of the worldwide food production

SocialFoods, how to avoid wasting 30% of the worldwide food production

30% of the worldwide food production is wasted! [1] Each French citizen throws 20 kgs of perishable food per year [2]. In France, the charity “les Restos du coeur” distributed 109 millions meals in 2009-2010 [3].

During the StartUpBus event [4], a team made of 4 has met Cookers, restaurants, companies’ restaurant, hotels, grocery stores and individuals. All those actors want to reduce the waste of food!

Ideation process

We brainstormed and SocialFoods is born! [5] http://www.socialfoods.org

SocialFoods is a web platform that enables people to donate the food they are about to waste; What is our secret sauce? Taking a picture is faster than throwing your food in the garbage!

How does it work?

Citizens will take pictures of their food about to perish and their neighbor will take the food within a limited period of time.

At the same time, supermarkets will give to charities the food about to perish.

SocialFoods.org - Home Page

SocialFoods.org – Home Page

Do we have a Business model? YES!

We will propose to supermarkets to take part of the world’s first SocialFoods certification mark™. Each supermarket owned by a brand will pay an annual fee to keep the certification. On a regular basis, SocialFoods teams will check that the supermarkets do give back to the charities.

At the same time, local grocery stores and supermarkets will advertise their fresh products on our web platform. When a user is looking for food he may be redirected to a local grocery store or a supermarket.

What are the risks for your health?

Salmonella (raw or undercooked food) and Norovirus (person to person and indirectly via contaminated water and food) are the most common reason for food poisoning. But, they are methods to reduce your risk of infection: better wash your food or better cook your food!

References:

[1] Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org/home/en/

[2] French Ministry of Ecology, sustainable development and energy http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/C-est-la-journee-nationale-de.html

[3] Les restaurants du Coeur http://www.restosducoeur.org/

[4] StartUp Bus Europe http://europe.startupbus.com

[5] SocialFoods http://www.socialfoods.org