GrowShare: Urban farming online marketplace named runner-up in global Google Places API Developer Challenge
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GrowShare is an online resource committed to helping citizens find jobs, clean up their community, decrease crime, and beautify their neighborhood.
By Juliana Reyes
March 8, 2013
GrowShare, an urban farming marketplace built by Temple University‘s Urban Apps and Maps Studio, was named a runner-up in the global Google Places API Developer Challenge.
The app, which has not officially launched yet, lets users find vacant lots for urban farms, track those in progress and exchange resources for these projects. The project was led by Temple professor Justin Shi, one of the heads of the Urban Apps and Maps Studio, which aims to train students to build civic-minded startups.
The Studio recently won $300,000 in Knight Foundation funding to continue its work.
“The GrowShare project was one of my grand experiments that people can learn how to program in very short time, given proper environment,” Shi said.