What's the big idea?
Future Tech Farm is a global distributed farm through ‘personal farming systems’, about the size of a microwave. Each stand alone system will be a ‘node’ of the farm; a controlled environment where you can grow fresh produce in your own home. With all the nodes connected through the internet, we’ll be able to monitor growing conditions to keep track of and transpose the data that provides the most efficient growth cycles. It’s like FarmVille but with real crops. People will be able to compare each other’s variables collected by the sensory system to improve upon their own efficiency.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Bitponics (bitponics.com) has initiated a ‘retrofit’ sensory system with an online account to monitor variables of hydroponic gardening systems. Their service allows users to create a “growing plan” and collect data. They were successfully funded, for $23k, through a kickstarter campaign in June.
How are you different from that player?
What we’re creating is a singular, but distributed Farm - a physical and virtual farming platform. All system owners will be able to access each other’s ‘plots’ on the farm. Our systems are going to be fully integrated with everything needed to grow - It will not be a retrofit accessory.
How's the world different with your idea in it?
Our mission is to re-associate the public consciousness of what farming SHOULD be. We’re going to connect people with each other and their food source. This is a chance for people to be a part of a greater cause; to become truly involved in sustainable food production. Join us in the global farm.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
This idea is a pivot from the Urban Tech Farm project. Over the past 4 months, we’ve acquired advisors from Kettering University, MI-SBTDC, & The Right Place. We’ve partnered with several companies & have been funded micro grants from the Awesome Foundation and the Kettering Entrepreneur Society.