The global food supply chain is both essential and deeply flawed, contributing to 1.6 billion tons of annual food waste and, in the process, plenty of carbon emissions. SPRK thinks it found a solution to both those problems by using artificial intelligence to move millions of tons of surplus inventory to those who need it.

Lauder grad Alexander Piutti G96 WG96 launched SPRK in Berlin in 2019 and aims to build a global network that could become the “Amazon of food oversupply,” as he told Forbes. Piutti’s ambitious mission is off to a fast start: Samsung’s Extreme Tech Challenge, aimed at solving problems facing humanity and the planet, named SPRK one of eight 2020 worldwide winners.

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