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Feeling a little... suspicious? Hungry for some... sushi? Well, those are the wrong words that start with sus, but we are proud to introduce the Sus Score Calculator, a mobile app with a goal of contributing to


The interdisciplinary expertise that our team made us lean to ideas that had to do with food and tech. In particular, the food we choose can have a huge environmental impact, and many people fail to recognize this impact. Thus, we wanted to create an app that brings awareness to sustainable practices and diets.

What it does:

It gives you a dropdown menu that allows you to choose the meals that you have eaten, and gives the overall meal a sustainability score. It acquires the meal data from web scraping, and would have calculated the score based on not only whether the food was sustainable, but also took into consideration other factors like whether it was local or the time of the year.

How we built it:

We started off with a web scraper that was able to scrape data from Umass Dining sources. From there, we built a back end on flask that attempted to send data through HTTP requests to the front end.

Technologies we used:

  • Kotlin
  • Python
  • Flask

Challenges we ran into:

Working under a harsh time constraint.
Learning new languages while implementing them at the same time.
Deciding on a valuable problem, and working towards a strong solution.

Accomplishments we're proud of:

We were able to successfully build a semi-working front end in less than 24 hours despite us bouncing back and forth.

What we've learned:

How to solder, how to use SQLite3, how to use Flask, and how to use Kotlin. I personally also learned many interesting facts that I did not know about food.

What's next:

Track your score over time to provide recommendations for more sustainable foods if you need more. Also incentivizing people to adopt more sustainable diets through rewards.

Built with:

Kotlin, Python, Flask, SQLite3

Prizes we're going for:

  • Portable Charger, Coil Pin & $60 Credit
  • Cash prizes: $1,000 total to first place team; $500 total to second place team; $200 to third place team
  • Nintendo Switches
  • Amazon Echos
  • Apple AirPods 3rd Gen
  • Bose Headphones
  • Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack

Team Members

Ivan Liu
Brian Zhang

Table Number

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