Innovation, Telehealth, and Space… oh my!

After listening to a presentation about the future of innovation in Ireland, I learned how innovation can be a new way of thinking, not just a new innovative product or technology. One example of someone with an innovative way of thinking was Sally Ride. Sally was the first American woman in space, the youngest American…

An Irish Farewell

On our last day in Ireland, we had a guest speaker, Ellie Doyle, who gave us a talk on “Where is Innovation Going?” In her lecture, she touched on how COVID-19 has prompted innovation to reinvent itself and become a necessity for many businesses alike. She also prompted how innovation in terms of the way…

Ciao!

Our most sustainability-focused site visit yet, FoodCloud has done wonders for the Irish community. Primarily dealing with businesses as well as food banks, they are dedicated to eradicating food waste and distributing what would go to waste to those in need. Every time the company was brought up in our previous site visits, the businesses…

Day 11, our last day :(

Today’s speaker, Ellie, gave a really interesting presentation about innovation. She specifically talked alot about innovation and how the pandemic has played a major role in it. When she spoke about COVID-19, it made me think of innovation in all of our lives. Due to the pandemic, we have overall become a much cleaner society….

No Competitors Needed

Today had extra importance since FoodCloud, the organization that my group was covering, was presenting today. Surprisingly, they had already been name dropped by other companies we have visited, and after visiting and learning more about the company, it is not difficult to see why. They have a purpose that is both admirable and memorable….

Day 10: FoodCloud Makes the World a Kinder Place

Today we had my team’s site visit at FoodCloud, a nonprofit organization who connects charities with excess food. I may be biased, but this was probably my favorite company to learn more about. I was very impressed by the work FoodCloud is doing and their genuine desire to help others. Unlike most businesses, FoodCloud has…

Floating on a FoodCloud

Before our visit to FoodCloud, many people we talked to were excited for us to see them in action! Everyone only spoke good things about them as we traveled around Dublin. Many previous companies we visited said that they had partnered with FoodCloud to participate in volunteer work with them and they were amazing. This…

Wicklow Wonders

After spending a week in Dublin, I was thrilled to explore the rural areas. On Sunday we went to the Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny. It was interesting to observe the differences between Dublin and the places we’ve seen in the past two days. I felt more welcomed in the rural areas that we’ve visited. It’s…

Networking The Right Way

During our guest speaker lecture, Rob Cullen further proved that the key to success in Ireland is the ability to expand your horizon. With his wide range of past careers, it was clear that his biggest strength is networking. Today we had the opportunity to learn from Rob Cullen how to effectively network.  A technique…

I-rish I worked at Food Cloud

One thing I’ve noticed about Ireland in general is their sustainability efforts. Everywhere I’ve been here they have wooden utensils, water-saving toilets, strict recycling/waste systems, and so much more. It’s clear how much the Irish people value sustainability, and therefore I think that is why Food Cloud is so successful. Food Cloud’s business model aims…

I’m hungry for FoodCloud

Today we had our last sight visit to the long-anticipated Food Cloud! FoodCloud is a not-for-profit company that connects grocery stores and other food providers to charities in order to help those who may be suffering from food insecurity. After spending almost two weeks in Ireland where we learned about Ireland’s history, culture, and current…

Cloudy With A Chance For Change

What do you think of when you hear “Food Cloud?” When I first listened to the company name that my team was assigned, I thought of the movie “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs.” I assumed that we were paired with a company that created technology to control a agriculture environment to help grow food….

Let’s Discuss Surplus

In the final days of our Plus3 Ireland study abroad experience, we had the pleasure of visiting FoodCloud on May 18th. To briefly summarize, FoodCloud is a nonprofit organization with the goal of reducing food waste and fighting hunger by connecting businesses that have surplus food with people that need it. Several of the companies we…

The Art of Networking

Rob Cullen came into to talk to us about the what, when, where, and how’s of networking at Griffith College. My expectations were that I thought it was going to be pretty repetitive because we learn this social knowledge early on (or at least I did). Once it began, I was quickly mistaken and found…

Building a Better Planet

The little time I had left in Ireland began to sink in today. We began the day like usual by getting a hearty breakfast. Then, off to the classroom to put together the final touches on my group’s presentation. Later in the day, we visited the company, FoodCloud. FoodCloud streams donations of excess food from…

Day 11: Food for Thought

In today’s world, it is a rare sight to find businesses that prioritize social & environmental welfare over revenues and market shares. FoodCloud was undoubtedly one of the rarer organizations that actively worked towards a noble cause without a profit-oriented approach. Every single company that we have visited so far regarded FoodCloud highly and praised…

Head in the (Food)Cloud

Today we visited the site I have most been looking forward to: FoodCloud. There have been many times I walk past dumpsters of grocery stores or restaurants full of food and wonder “why can’t all that be given to a charity for people in need?” This is exactly what they do. During our other site…

Partly FoodCloudy

Today we visited Food Cloud, a not for profit company that works to reduce food waste. They collect leftover food that would be thrown away and allocate it to different charities. Food Cloud has become part of the community by helping those in need of food. They provide something to eat for people who aren’t…

On FoodCloud Nine

FoodCloud has achieved its success and reputation, in part, through sheer tonnage. They put in the work, palette after palette, in Dublin, Cork, Galway, as well as on the FoodCloud itself. Charity is ancient, but FoodCloud keeps on trying to develop the process. Their planet-first message, oh and by the way less starvation, is but…

Day 9: Be Interested, Not Interesting

We began our morning today with a guest speaker, Rob Cullen, who discussed networking in Ireland. In America, we are instructed to attend networking events in an almost robotic sense: dress professionally, bring several copies of your resume and perfect your elevator pitch. We are told to come with pre-prepared questions for the recruiters about…