As a record number of Americans face hunger, food insecurity has increasingly become a major focal point as we think about building a better food system. To understand the landscape of food insecurity in America and opportunities to build a better system, we connect with Emily Ma and Joe Intrakamhan's on their journey with Google [X] and the data initiative to address hunger in America.
Joe Intrakamhang is a Solutions Architect at Google Cloud and was formerly the Data Science Lead for project Delta at Google [X]. Throughout his 20-year career as an engineer and data scientist, he has built technology and data systems for financial institutions, technology providers, grocery retailers and non-profits.
Head, Food for Good
Emily Ma leads a group at Google with the goal of organizing the world’s food information and making it accessible and useful in service of a future food system that is sustainable, nourishing and equitable for all. Her work on food systems started at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory (also formerly know as Google[x]). There, she led a number of early stage moonshots before working on food systems moonshots inspired by the Google Food team.
Prior at X, Emily’s focus has been on developing radical new approaches to the problem of food waste. During her time at X, Emily helped bring a range of breakthrough technologies into the world including Loon internet balloons, Glass smart glasses and Makani’s energy kites. Emily started her career as a mechanical engineer and roboticist. In her time with IDEO, a global design and innovation consultancy, Emily worked on end-to-end innovation programs with clients ranging from Eli Lilly to Procter & Gamble, during which she came to understand the equal importance of human-centered design, engineering and business. With this, she returned to Stanford University to pursue her MBA and continues to teach entrepreneurship at the School of Engineering. She is the holder of seven patents spanning medical devices to consumer electronics.