agBOT Challenge 2017

June 23rd – 25th, 2017

The mission of the agBOT Challenge is to integrate innovative technologies to improve observation, intervention, analytic and data storage in agriculture work methods.

We challenge anyone: individuals, teams, universities, entrepreneurs, farmers etc. to submit a proposal for agBOT Challenge 2017! In an effort to drive innovation in the agtech field, we are hosting a second year to include a repeat of the Seeding Challenge and a new Weed & Feed Challenge. To learn more about the events and how to get involved, please read below and/or contact rlgerrish@odeaulete.com

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • June 23rd – NextGen Expo
  • June 24th – agBOT 2017 Seeding Challenge
  • June 25th – agBOT 2017 Weed & Feed Challenge

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Teams must submit a proposal by October 1st, 2016.  Applicants may begin submitting proposals by May 25, 2016.  Proposals will be reviewed and accepted as they are received.  When the team roster is at capacity, proposals will no longer be accepted.  All proposals will be accepted, denied or wait-listed within ten days of receipt.
  • Devices must communicate with a BATS wireless antennae
  • Devices must have a “kill switch” in case of emergency
  • Teams must be present for NextGen Expo
  • $2,500 entry fee; $1,000 to be returned upon physical attendance at competition
  • There is no limit on age or number of team members.
  • Three team members must sign a contract to attend the event and present their results with or without a machine for the benefit of our sponsors.
  • All team members and proposals must include a consultant that is an active or retired farmer

 

SEEDING CHALLENGE

GOALS FOR SEEDING CHALLENGE

Produce an unmanned, robotic device (aka “agBOT”) that will:

  1. Autonomously plant two or four 1000-ft rows of corn at a time and autonomously turn at each end.  The planter shall make four 1000-ft passes.
  2. Change seed variety per prescription
  3. Change seed population per prescription
  4. Stream real time video from both the front and rear of agBOT
  5. Have the ability to autonomously dock and load two varieties of seed and starter fertilizer, while weighing the seed and fertilizer and communicating in stream

Other categories that may earn extra points:

  1. Communication to the base station to include:
    1. Real time observation and reporting of the following key agricultural metrics:
      1. Down pressure of the device
      2. Weight of the seed in the hopper
      3. Rate that the seed is being planted
      4. Weight of the fertilizer in the hopper
      5. Rate that the fertilizer is applied
      6. Speed of the agBOT
      7. Direction of the agBOT
      8. Latitude and longitude position of the agBOT
    2. Real time intervention of the metrics listed above
    3. Analytics of the metrics listed above
  2. Speed of planting may be between three and a half and ten miles per hour when planting

 

WEED & FEED CHALLENGE

GOALS FOR WEED & FEED CHALLENGE

Produce an unmanned, robotic device (aka “agBOT”) that will achieve the following five main objectives:

  1. Autonomously maneuver two or four 1000-ft rows at a time and autonomously turn at each end.  The agBOT shall make four 1000-ft passes at a speed between three and a half to ten miles per hour
  2. Autonomously observe crop plants and fertilize plants as needed
  3. Identify three common weeds: giant ragweed, cocklebur and a third to be announced, within the row and between the rows
  4. Arrange for weed to die either chemically or mechanically as the agBOT moves through the field
  5. Provide real time observation methods of fertilizing and/or treating the plants back to the base station

Other categories that may earn extra points:

  1. Self load chemicals into agBOT
  2. Power agBOT autonomously
    1. Refueling and/or charge/change battery
  3. Identification and eradication of insects
  4. Communication to the base station to include:
    1. Real time observation and reporting:
      1. If using chemical measures for weeding:
        1. Metrics of insecticide
          1. Weight
          2. Rate of application
          3. Radius of application
      2. If using mechanical measure for weeding
        1. Metrics of motion
          1. Down pressure
          2. Rate of eradication
      3. Fertilizer metrics
        1. Weight
        2. Rate of application
        3. Radius of application  
      4. agBOT maneuvering
        1. Speed of the agBOT
        2. Direction of the agBOT
        3. Latitude and longitude position of the agBOT
    2. Success rate of real time intervention of the metrics listed above
    3. Analytics of the metrics listed above

MILESTONES

In preparation for submitting a proposal for agBOT Challenge 2017, all are welcome to attend our virtual Workshop I to learn more, network with event supporters, sponsors and potential competitors. Teams must submit proposals by October 1st, 2017. Final teams accepted into Challenges will be announced October 10th, 2016. Only teams accepted into the Challenges are allowed to participate in the Workshops throughout the year.

  • Workshop I: Building a Team, Sponsorship and Suppliers (September 14th-15th)
    • During this workshop, those interested in creating a team can network with other individuals, teams, universities, entrepreneurs, sponsors and suppliers. Attendees to the workshop will learn more about agtech, the Challenges, proposal writing, etc.
  • Workshop II: Software Solutions (January 18th-19th)
    • During this workshop teams will have the opportunity to learn more about software that is on the market. Teams will have an opportunity ask questions and network with developers, suppliers, etc. This will also include presentations on software in the market as it pertains to the Challenges and agtech field.
  • Workshop III: Hardware and Mechanics (March 8th-9th)
    • During this workshop teams will have the opportunity to learn more about hardware on the market. Teams will have an opportunity to ask questions and network with developers, suppliers, etc. This will also include presentations on hardware in the market as it pertains to the Challenges and agtech field.
  • Workshop IV: Field Trials and Presentation Support (June 7th-9th)
    • During this workshop, teams will be offered counseling on preparing their agBOT and team for competition. A review of software, hardware, field practice and travel preparation needs will be reviewed. This workshop will also include presentation expectation overview and individualized presentation counseling as needed.
  • Final Event: June 23rd-25th
    • All teams are required to attend the three day event, including NextGen Expo. Accommodations or special needs must be preapproved by event committee.

Rules may be modified by the agBOT organizers at any time

Teams may enter one or both competitions. A proposal must be submitted for each competition entry. Cash prizes for Seeding Competition and Weed & Feed Competition will be as follows:

 1st Place $30,000

2nd Place $15,000

3rd Place $10,000