The second round of Hackathons in the agBOT Challenge 2016 will begin at the end of March. The agBOT Challenge features 11 teams tasked with fully developing a machine that can autonomously load seed, then plant and fertilize a two-acre parcel at Gerrish Farms in Parke County.
The second round will be held March 25 and 26 at the Parke County Fairgrounds in Rockville. It will focus on mapping and connectivity, tracking and placing the seed in soil and fertilizer application. It will also feature new technology from companies, including Fast Antenna, AgReliant, Monsanto, Precision Planting and Waterbit.
The Hackathon events are meant to help support the teams in the agBOT Challenge, which is scheduled for May 6. The first Hackathon was held in January with the team from Purdue coming out on top.
Along with Purdue, the teams in the competition include IUPUI, Virginia Tech University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, University of Regina, Case Western Reserve University, MESATech, Grit Robotics, Muchowski Farms and Pee Dee Precision Ag.
Attendees for the March Hackathon are being asked to pre-register for the event. Click here for more information.