Source: Farm Hack – Day 1
They came, they collaborated and they all helped farmers for the day. In spite of the rain, it was great to see so many folk for Day 1 of FARM HACK on the weekend. Thanks to the incredible collective creativity and wisdom of the crowd, three teams, Team Mulch, The Sniffers and The Family of vegetables, set about designing three solutions to help farmers. Based on the the Farm Hack design principles, we ran four sprints or mini sessions to:
- identify the farmers’ problems and what success would like like to the farmers
- map out how the problems are currently solved
- map out the pain points and come up with ideas to overcome them
- design and pitch simple solutions
The slides from Day 1, including the schedule, are here. The event was hosted and run by Erinma, Caroline and Franco from Squirrel Nation with Paulo from Aquaponics Lab and Anne from Manchester Science Partnerships.
Team Mulch – innovate wheel hoes to help lay down black plastic to save time, stop back pain and see off weeds.The Sniffers – designed an ammonia sensor to help keep the fish healthy and save time for Aquaponics farmers. Team Family of Vegetables – designed an app to coordinate orders and create a community around crop harvesting. Chris & Dave from Team MulchEveryone pitched their solutions at the end of the day before a cold yorkshire beer.
Thanks to a small grant from The University of Manchester, we have a shared pot of £200 to allocate across the teams to create help create their prototypes. But of course we are encouraging teams to be resourceful.
Next week, the teams head to FabLab Manchester to fabricate their designs. We’re encouraging the teams to document their tools and their ‘how to’ guides on the Farm Hack website. Check out existing tools here. Plus there will be a film by Franco documenting the two days of Farm Hacking. Next stop FabLab!
Huge thank you to Anne Dornan at Manchester Science Partnerships, Lauren at CityLabs reception, our two fabulous Manchester Science Festival volunteers, Colin & Karina and to Amy from 4Lunch for the amazing food and cake.