CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2016
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

The Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of major appliances. With over $20 billion in annual sales, Whirlpool’s extensive brand portfolio includes Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag and more.

The food market in the U.S. is a $1 trillion business. Yet, only half of this figure is attributed to eating at home, and nearly 40% of all food goes to waste.

Our mobile app Mooch makes it easy for people living in housing communities like apartment buildings or condominium complexes to share and sell food.

Extra food is not wasted when it’s easy to find someone who wants it. And, cooking at home with Whirlpool appliances is a breeze when nearby neighbors provide the missing ingredients.

Mooch users find their housing community based on their current location or based on a specific address. Scrollable lists of food items for sale or for sharing are displayed on Mooch’s home screen. Users can scroll through the list, search for specific items, or explore preset categories.

Tapping on a food item brings up more details such as a description, posting date, quantity, price and seller information. Items are claimed with the simple press of a button.

Administrators use our Mooch web portal to manage listings, users, categories and exchanges, and to view usage statistics.

Mooch is based on Ruby on Rails. The iOS and Android apps are written in Swift and Java, respectively. Data is stored using MySQL and NoSQL, which are hosted on Google App Engine.