Joseph is combining his love of technology with his passion for making the world a better place
Joseph Sinclair hasn’t even graduated but he’s already developed a popular app that’s improving access to fresh food during the pandemic.
The inspo for Sprout came while Joseph was in New Zealand using honesty boxes to share homegrown produce. While studying a Bachelor of Computer Science at Monash University, Joseph developed the digital platform to allow people to share their excess produce, whether they want to sell, buy or swap.
“I just wanted it to be a way for people to share their fresh food and help local communities,” he says.
Having launched the app at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joseph didn’t predict the added benefits. “Sprout helped reduce the number of people needing to do their grocery shopping in public places. Lockdown also created an increase in new home gardeners,” he says. Sprout has been downloaded more than 3000 times, and Joseph was a Tech Visionary Award Finalist for the 2021 7News Young Achiever Award. That’s growing good.
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