Data, Innovation and Hunger at SXSW


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a panel at SXSW on "How Data and Innovation are Helping Fight Hunger."

How can data and innovation help us tackle some of society's toughest challenges?

In particular, how can we fight hunger and poverty using new and creative approaches?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host a panel on this topic on March 14 at the SXSW interactive conference in Austin. The panel will feature a lively discussion involving three people who are looking to reduce hunger locally, nationally, and around the world. 

Panelists include:

  • Maria Rose Belding, co-founder and executive director of the MEANS Database, a non-profit that uses a data-drive approach to connecting food banks with restaurants and other groups that have surplus food. 
  • Alexander Moore, chief development officer for DC Central Kitchen, which provides meals for thousands of people in the District of Columbia and operates a culinary job program for low-income people and those returning from incarceration. 
  • Brian MacNair, executive director of World Central Kitchen, a group of chefs that seeks solutions to the underlying causes of poverty. Its programs include a bakeries and fish restaurants that generate revenue and job opportunities in places Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Zambia and other developing countries.

We hope to see you at SXSW on March 14 at 3:30 p.m., for our panel, titled, "How Data and Innovation are Helping Beat Hunger." (We'll be in the JW Marriott, rooms 303-304.)



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