Harvest Competition 2018

Congratulations 2018 Champions

1st Place


2nd Place

3rd Place


3rd Place





May 19th, 2018 | Gerrish Farms | Rockville, Indiana



The Harvest Competition challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a field and identifying watermelons ready for harvest.  Upon identifying the watermelon, the machine will perform a series of measurements to determine the ripeness of the melon such as color, size, and weight of the melon. Teams may use a variety of solutions, combining elements of solutions in different markets and/or creating innovative solutions designed for their machine. To submit a proposal or learn more contact Rachel Gerrish rlgerrigh@odeaulete.com


All are welcome to attend presentations. All attendees are required to acknowledge receipt of the following Agritourism Notice:

Under Indiana law, an agritourism provider is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in agritourism activities at this location if the death or injury results from the inherent risks of agritourism activity.
Inherent risks of agritourism activities include risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death, or for other participants to act in a manner that may cause you injury or cause your death.
You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.


Saturday May 19th

9:00am Speaker
9:15am Indiana State University
10:15am Colorado Mesa University
11:15am Pee Dee Precision
12:15pm Lunch
1:15pm agBOT Alumni: SeeDot
1:45pm Virginia Tech
2:45pm CalPoly
3:45pm Muchowski Farms
4:45pm Awards

Site Conditions: May 19th, 2018 Gerrish Farms, Rockville, Indiana

  • Silty clay loam with conventional tillage (sod if too wet for tilled soil)
  • 8 watermelons will be laid in a row, off the vine

Objective:Produce an unmanned, autonomous machine that will achieve the following goals. Teams will be scored in Mechanics, Software, Innovative Solution, and Execution

*More details To Be Announced (TBA)

GOALS Mechanics Software Innovative Solution Execution
Autonomously maneuver through the field in a single row TBA TBA TBA TBA
Autonomously identify a watermelon and arrange for watermelon to be tested for ripeness quality TBA TBA TBA TBA
Identify characteristics of the watermelon via size, weight, color and vibration et al. and autonomously determine harvestability    TBA TBA TBA TBA
Arrange for ripe watermelons to be harvested for processing TBA TBA TBA TBA
Provide real time observation methods of autonomous movement, location, plant observation and fruit identities TBA TBA TBA TBA

Proposal​ ​Submission​ ​Opens:​ ​September​ ​12th,​ ​2017  

*All are welcome to attend the Info Sessions and the virtual Workshop I: Section One and Section Two. Only teams accepted into the Competitions are allowed to participate in the Workshops and Sprints which follow.​ ​Ongoing artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are planned for sprint completions in both competitions to develop learning databases and characterizations of plants, weeds, and produce.


Teams are encouraged, but not required, to attend the virtual workshops and sprints throughout the year in an effort to further the development of their project. *More details To Be Announced (TBA)

October 10th, 2017 Workshop I

  • Section One: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
    • Learn about artificial intelligence, machine learning and developing algorithms for agbots.
  • Section Two: Building a Team, Sponsorship and Suppliers
    • Network with individuals, teams, universities, entrepreneurs, sponsors and suppliers. Learn about agtech, previous Challenges, upcoming sprints etc.
November 20th, 2017 Workshop II and Sprint

  • Section One: Solutions in the Market
  • Section Two: Sprint
January 10th, 2018 Workshop III Strategy Building for 2018:

  • Section One: Solutions in the Market
  • Section Two: Team Timelines and Development
February 20th, 2018 Sprint: TBA
March 20th, 2018 Sprint: TBA
April 20th, 2018 Sprint: TBA
May 7 – 11, 2018 Workshop IV One on One Presentation Review


● Teams may choose to compete in one or both competitions.

● Applicants may begin submitting proposals September 11th, 2017. When​ ​team  roster​ ​is​ ​at​ ​capacity​ ​for​ ​both​ ​competitions,​ ​proposals​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be  accepted.​ All proposals will be accepted, denied or wait-listed within ten days of receipt. *DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS EXTENDED *

● Devices must have a “kill switch” in case of emergency.

● Teams must be present for NextGen Expo on May 17th, 2018.

● $2,500 entry fee; $1,000 to be returned upon physical attendance to competition

● There is no limit on age or number of team members.

● Teams are not required to be associated with an organization and/or university.

● At least three members of the team are required to attend the event and present results with or without a machine

● Teams may use a variety of solutions in the market from various industries and/or new innovative solutions created by the team.

● Teams are encouraged, but not required, to attend the virtual workshops and sprints throughout the year in an effort to further the development of their project.

*Rules may be modified by the agBOT organizers at any time. Cash prizes totaling at least $100,000 will be awarded between the two competitions. Judges announced by May 1st, 2018. 

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