Weed & Feed Competition 2018

May 18th, 2018 | Gerrish Farms | Rockville, Indiana 

The Weed & Feed Competition challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a corn field to identify plants such as the corn crop and weeds. Upon identification of the corn plant, the machine should determine if the plant is healthy or in distress, requiring fertilizer to be applied by the machine. Upon identification of a weed, the machine should eradicate the weed chemically and/or mechanically. 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 rachel@airbridge.ag

Site Conditions May 2018 Gerrish Farms, Rockville, Indiana

● Silty clay loam with conventional tillage (sod if too wet for tilled soil)

● Corn height 6-12 inches, weed height 6-12 inches

● 30 inch rows, turn radius at end 60 feet

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

*Further details on scoring To Be Announced (TBA).

GOALS Mechanics Software Innovative Solution Execution
Autonomously maneuver two or four 500-ft rows at a time and autonomously turn at each end. The agBOT shall make two 500-ft passes. TBA TBA TBA TBA
Autonomously observe crop plants and fertilize plants as needed TBA TBA TBA TBA
Identify three common weeds: giant ragweed, cocklebur, and redroot pigweed within and between rows TBA TBA TBA TBA
Arrange for weed to be destroyed either chemically or mechanically as the agBOT moves through the field TBA TBA TBA TBA
Provide real time observation methods of movement, plant identification, fertilization, and/or treatment of plants back to the base station TBA TBA TBA TBA

To learn more about Weed & Feed Competition 2017, please visit 2017 Events.

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

Proposal​ ​Deadline:​ ​November​ ​1st,​ ​2017   

Teams​ ​Announced:​ ​November​ ​10th,​ ​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.

INFO SESSIONS

Starting on September 12th, 2017 event producers will be hosting virtual info sessions to discuss opportunities for involvement. Information about competing, project design/timelines, proposals, requirements, previous events, sponsorship, volunteering, attendance and more will be discussed.

Monday Info Sessions: 1:30pm Eastern

Thursday Info Sessions: 9:30am Eastern

Final Info Session will be held on Monday, October 30th, 2017.

To attend info sessions: Call in 1-641-715-3580 Enter access code 798-873

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS AND SPRINTS

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


REQUIREMENTS 

● 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. Proposals deadline November 1st, 2017.

● 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. Judges to be announced by May 1st, 2018. 

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