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Root Scoot: Zero-Touch Fresh Produce

Root Scoot will keep people safe from going to grocery stores by bringing sanitized, fresh produce to the streets of their neighborhoods.

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What is the need are you focusing on?

Many people have been rightly concerned about risking trips to grocery stores which have had a hard time controlling crowds and keeping sanitized. Other people live in food desert areas and don't have access to fresh, healthy food in the first place. Root Scoot Touchless Fresh Produce aims to ameliorate this problem by bringing produce, sanitized fully with UV light, to neighborhoods and allowing people to get their food without touching anything or anybody else. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

The pivot in business that Root Scoot brings about comes in the form of more capillary, granular distribution empowered by IoT and mobile technology. A simple app will facilitate the location of both demand on the business side, and supply on the consumers' side. The Root Scoot (and accompanying app) will connect the produce that people want and the local producers that grow it.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Root Scoot will bring much needed healthy fresh produce to areas of our cities that are food deserts. It will strengthen community by connecting urban farmers and other local producers directly to the people near their communities. The environment will benefit from the regenerative properties of small scale and urban farming. People will be safer from infection because Root Scoot will use

What is the name of your business or organization?

Studio Chiaravalli Urban Design Research

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Studio Chiaravalli is a design research consultancy which helps cities, developers, and other entities that create the built environment to understand the problems residents face everyday and come up with creative solutions to those problems through a human-centric approach to co-creation and community engagement.

What is your profession?


Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Food Services
  • Urban Design Research

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I would love to be put in contact with any urban and local farmers and CSA's who may be interested in a distribution model such as Root Scoot. I would love to also be put in contact with any municipal/government offices who may be interested in talking more about it. I could also use some help on the app development side.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

I think affordability and profitability will pose significant barriers, especially when operating in lower income, food desert, areas.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

My consulting business was founded right before the shelter in place order was sent out in my state, which made a huge problem for me not only because I need to meet with a lot of people, but also because one of the desired outcomes of my work is that more people use specific spaces. I have had to learn to be able to compartmentalize different goals I have in order to address current needs. The first step in that pivot was applying design thinking to the problem of people risking their health to get food.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Not at the moment

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Photo of Isaac Jumba

Great reading through your idea Christopher Chiaravalli . Could you share more around the progress of the idea? Are there aspects of it that you have already tested?

Photo of Christopher Chiaravalli

Thanks Isaac! So far the feedback I've received through a couple surveys that I posted to my networks on linkedin, facebook, and nextdoor, have been pretty positive. I've gotten feedback about the frequency people would use such a service, what produce they'd want to see, ecc. I've prototyped an app and gotten feedback on the functionality of it. If you want more information feel free to send me an email at or check out the page I put together about it I hope to be doing an actual pilot run in the next week or two. I also have been having thoughts about different models this could take, such as a non-profit type thing, or a kit sent out to kids to deliver the produce as a summer job or other things. I'm very open to collaboration!