Farmhack@MIT

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March 5 is Farmhack at Microsoft NERD. Small-scale New England farmers and MIT engineers will tackle innovation opportunities and devel

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Farmhack@MIT

  1. 2. Welcome! Farmers Hackers Engineers Enthusiasts Gardeners Cultivators Composters Bikers Entrepreneurs Growers of things Makers of things Inventors
  2. 3. Where We’re Headed <ul><li>9:00 Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>9:30 Pitches </li></ul><ul><li>10:00 Teamwork 1 </li></ul><ul><li>12:00 Lunch (Working) </li></ul><ul><li>1:00 Teamwork 2 </li></ul><ul><li>2:30 Tour (Optional) </li></ul><ul><li>4:00 Pitch prep </li></ul><ul><li>5:00 Break </li></ul><ul><li>6:00 Mixer </li></ul><ul><li>6:30 Ignite pitches </li></ul>
  3. 4. Special Thanks!
  4. 5. Housekeeping #farmhack “ Cambridge” using fh305 http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/livestream
  5. 6. Introductions
  6. 7. Its easy! <ul><li>You have a nut or a bolt </li></ul><ul><li>Someone else has one that fits </li></ul><ul><li>Find them </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know each other! </li></ul>Time: 20mins Next up: Pitches!
  7. 8. Go! + =
  8. 9. Pitches <ul><li>3 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers first </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers next </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 30mins </li></ul><ul><li>Next up: Team work </li></ul>
  9. 10. Farmer pitches!
  10. 11. Smart switch for gravity-fed water system Krissie Nagy Brooklyn Bumpkin
  11. 12. Cultivating bike Don Lareau Zephyros Farm and Garden
  12. 13. Pedal powered compost Wenzday Jane, Erik Petterssen Metro Pedal Power Clayton Fountain Groundworks Somerville
  13. 14. Kid-friendly compost turning tool Francey Hart Slater CitySprouts
  14. 15. Small-scale tractor-mounted spray equipment Amanda Cather Waltham Fields Community Farm
  15. 16. Low pressure drip line for passive irrigation John Bakewell B&B Farms
  16. 17. Spray equipment for challenging organic mixes John Bakewell B&B Farms
  17. 18. Pest control John Bakewell B&B Farms
  18. 19. Expedient grain harvesting processing John Bakewell B&B Farms
  19. 20. Lay-down one-person picking cart Richard Robinson Sherborn
  20. 21. Compost dumping cart Richard Robinson Sherborn
  21. 22. Modified bailing dolly Richard Robinson Sherborn
  22. 23. Multi-bucket compost carrying system Richard Robinson Sherborn
  23. 24. Multi-bucket compost carrying system Richard Robinson Sherborn
  24. 25. Engineer pitches!
  25. 26. Zero energy grow house farm cooperative Matthew Kihm RISD
  26. 27. Intelligent irrigation system Steve Shoap MIT
  27. 28. <ul><li>Intelligent Irrigation Systems save water. </li></ul><ul><li>I will show past, present, and a proposed </li></ul><ul><li>future topology. </li></ul><ul><li>I need feedback and some support. </li></ul>
  28. 29. TEE TEE CROSS ELBOW PUMP WATER COMPUTER SPRAY VALVE SPRAY VALVE VALVE SPRAY VALVE MOISTURE SENSOR COMPUTER CONTROLLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM (OLD TECHNOLOGY) SEPARATELY TRENCHED IN CONDUIT
  29. 30. TEE TEE CROSS ELBOW PUMP WATER COMPUTER & SINGLE WIRE PAIR SPRAY VALVE SPRAY VALVE VALVE SPRAY VALVE SEPARATELY TRENCHED IN CONDUIT MOISTURE SENSOR COMPUTER CONTROLLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM (CURRENT TECHNOLOGY)
  30. 31. TEE TEE CROSS ELBOW PUMP WATER LOW VOLTAGE WIRE PAIR COMPUTER & DATA NETWORK SPRAY VALVE SPRAY VALVE VALVE SPRAY VALVE MOISTURE SENSOR COMPUTER CONTROLLED IRRIGATION SYSTEM (PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY) ONLY PIPE IS TRENCHED!
  31. 32. Pipe Coupler with Embedded Wires PVC with Embedded Wires PVC with Embedded Wires
  32. 33. Plastic pipe with co-extruded wire pair Wire penetration device
  33. 34. Industry already embeds one wire
  34. 35. New Topology Advantages <ul><li>The proposed embedded wire pair will work with </li></ul><ul><li>any existing two wire system: </li></ul><ul><li>Rainbird, Hunter, etc . </li></ul><ul><li>No conduits for wires suggests lower </li></ul><ul><li>installation costs and material costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Zero wire splices should improve reliability. </li></ul>
  35. 36. My Needs <ul><li>I will soon have a U.S. patent and International Patent rights. </li></ul><ul><li>I need partners for international filing.($$$) </li></ul><ul><li>I need to generate interest in the invention. </li></ul><ul><li>I need feedback from potential users. </li></ul>
  36. 37. <ul><li>Steve Shoap </li></ul><ul><li>MSEE MIT </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.water-wire-irrigation.com </li></ul><ul><li>IFFC LLC </li></ul><ul><li>781-521-4687 </li></ul>
  37. 38. Shop <ul><li>Pitchers set up “shop” </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of you follow your feet </li></ul><ul><li>When you have critical mass make a team </li></ul><ul><li>Find a spot, get to work </li></ul>
  38. 39. Team work <ul><li>Work alternative approaches to solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow focus to one or two approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Three rules </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers listen to farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Law of two feet </li></ul><ul><li>Butterfly effect </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 2hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Next up: Working lunch </li></ul>
  39. 40. Hack!
  40. 42. Project planning <ul><li>You’ve got an innovative solution you’re excited about </li></ul><ul><li>Time to talk execution – how will you work together to - Develop a prototype - Test the prototype - Define next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 2hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Next up: Pitch preparation </li></ul>
  41. 43. Pitch Prep <ul><li>Product “In a Box” </li></ul><ul><li>Six parts to a story </li></ul><ul><li>Six minutes to sell it </li></ul>
  42. 44. Tesseract it! <ul><li>Six surfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Each surface reveals something </li></ul><ul><li>For example - What’s it called? - What’s it do? - etc </li></ul><ul><li>Time: 1hr </li></ul><ul><li>Next up: Mixer & pitches! </li></ul>
  43. 46. Welcome & Intros
  44. 47. Housekeeping #farmhack “ Cambridge” using fh305 http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/about/livestream
  45. 48. About Farmhack <ul><li>Beginning of a dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Small-scale farms as innovation labs </li></ul><ul><li>Tackle regional opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Boost competitiveness of local agriculture </li></ul>
  46. 49. Pitch!
  47. 50. And thank you (that’s a wrap!)

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