"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau
When team RedBit started working on scaling Second Harvest’s Food Rescue platform nationally, our only goal was to help the non-profit get surplus food to millions of Canadians who needed it during the pandemic. Who knew at that time that our story and hard work would get us two prestigious awards and immense recognition?
That brings us to the good news – we are the co-winner of the ‘Innovator of the Year’ (it has a ring to it, right?) at the 2021 Channel Innovation Conference and Awards! One of the most prestigious awards in the Canadian IT and Technology industry, CDN Channel Innovation Awards honours outstanding innovation and Canadian organizations that provide exceptional customer value. The Innovator of the Year award recognizes an initiative or a solution that helped a partner or client succeed in an extraordinary fashion. The virtual event was organized by Channel Daily News (produced by IT World Canada, a leading Canadian online resource for IT professionals) and saw an attendance of ISV's and Canada's top channel players.
It’s a joyous moment for all of us at RedBit. When we reflect on the year gone by, it seems surreal. Second Harvest earlier had plans (note three-year plan) of a gradual national expansion of their Food Rescue program, an online matchmaker that connects food donors with charities to feed hungry people and reduce waste. When the pandemic began its cruel spread across the globe, the Second Harvest team was forced to do in three weeks what they had planned to do in three years. Sounds impossible? In those few weeks of, RedBit’s team of developers completely overhauled the Food Rescue platform. It now allows for hundreds of users at a time across the country, has features to enable non-food donations such as hand sanitizer and toilet paper as well as the distribution of monetary federal relief funding, and includes a mobile app for easier access by everyone suddenly forced to work remotely. To read more, head to our success story with Second Harvest.
We thank Second Harvest for making us a part of an important cause and giving us an opportunity to help them meet their vision of No waste, No Hunger. It's been an incredible journey for both teams at RedBit and Second Harvest and there’s is so much still to do to help food-waste reduction.
Last but not the least, we thank Microsoft and Microsoft Canada for their continuous support and their incredible technology that we use to help Second Harvest get food to millions of people who are in need and protect the environment by reducing waste.