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Agmentation

We were lucky enough to be invited to UNE's Agemntation event as part of a group representing Goondiwindi. Agmentation is a hackathon-style event run over one day as a part of UNE's 'Rural Focus' week. Run by the Smart Region Incubator (Incubator that joins regional startups with academic business research, business mentors, corporate and community partners), Agmentation brings together over one hundred like-minded high school and university students, industry professionals, researchers, producers, and farmers. 

After networking and being exposed to the problem statements on Friday night, everyone headed out to UNE's SMART Farm (Working properties showcasing the latest technologies for production and sustainability) bright and early to get started. After being formed at random, teams spent 8 hours coming up with a solution to pitch to a panel for three minutes.

The problem statement we tacked was:

"How might we build and measure sustainable, ethical and responsible farming practices?"

Our solution was to develop a dashboard that hosts multiple functions under three main pillars; Sustainability, Ethics, and Responsibility. The functions include financial, social and environmental facets such as measuring climatic factors, soil moisture, temperature, inversion, rainfall, etc. 

The dashboard is linked to an app on your phone for ease of use down the paddock, and data can be exported or shared to external sources such as banks and accountants. Amber alerts are sent to the producer when an element of their production or management. The key idea is that the dashboard houses a large number of measurement tools that all 'talk to one-another' to provide producers with a holistic 'health check' of their farm in real-time. This would allow producers to measure and build sustainable production to increase profitability, as well as being able to exhibit ethical and responsible practices.

We took on this problem statement with a base of regenerative agriculture in mind and found the interaction with others so passionate about the industry to be very rewarding. Coming up with a hypothetical solution was an interesting way to work with new people and stretch ones thinking.

 

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Trish O'Gorman
Thanks Sarah. That sounds like a really interesting event and activity. I think my colleague [user=1]Rohan Antao[/user] will be interested to read about the innovation involved.
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Trish O'Gorman
Thanks Sarah. That sounds like a really interesting event and activity. I think my colleague Rohan Antao will be interested to read about the innovation involved.