The Agtech Innovation Bootcamp
Be part of creating innovative solutions to agriculture’s biggest challenges.
The AgTech Innovation Bootcamp provides budding innovators and existing businesses with a dynamic testing ground for exciting ideas through 2-days of immersive workshops! You’ll be able to discuss, iterate and test ideas, and get real time feedback from an expert group of industry, AgTech experts, entrepreneurs, and researchers in a supportive and collaborative environment.
In May last year, 25 AgTech founders, developers, government, and university leaders jumped on a bus and headed to the Riverland. They visited several farms in the region with the goal of gaining insight into the key problems faced by farmers, and to share and ultimately help each other to understand the possibilities for AgTech solutions.
Key challenges identified during the trip were as follows:
The Riverland region produces incredible citrus, stone fruit, almonds, and vegetables and is responsible for 50% of Australia’s wine grapes. All this fresh produce requires picking, either by hand or by mechanical/automatic harvesting systems, in a timely, affordable, and effective manner.
How can we innovate the picking and harvesting process while minimising expenses and crop damage, and optimising gaps in labour and accommodation?
Activating RIT vacated land
The Riverland Region has a large amount of land sitting idle. The vacant blocks are included in the Renmark Irrigation Trust and are serviced with drainage and limited irrigation water, yet are still empty.
How can we creatively and productively activate this vacated land in ways that increases biodiversity and/or the diversity of the Riverland’s horticulture industry?
Access to data and digitisation
Data and digitisation can provide agricultural insights that enable farmers to make well-informed decisions, resulting in improved yields, outcomes, and profits. However great these benefits, technology adoption faces challenges with; access to historic data, access to generational knowledge, data literacy, cost of devices, access to internet on farm and data sharing and interoperability between platforms.
How do we make data more accessible, usable, and valuable to the farming community?
Information Session Recording
Prizes will be awarded at the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the Bootcamp. Prizes can be won in the following categories:
General Stream 1st Prize $2,000 Cash Prize
+ ThincLab Incubation Prize
2nd Prize $1,000 Cash Prize 3rd Prize $500 Cash Prize
- Activating Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT) vacated land - $1,500 Cash Prize
- AusIndustry - Picking Approaches - $1,000 Cash Prize
- High Schools (the category will take place on Thur 16 June only)
Please contact the team at ThincLab if you would like to sponsor a prize at the Bootcamp.
Who can enter?
The Innovation Bootcamp is open to all. You can join individually or as a part of a team. You do not have to be based in the Riverland region to take part. You can travel to the region to participate, and we do encourage as many people as possible from both within and outside the region to get involved.
If you like to solve problems, generate ideas, and want to be part of community solving challenges to benefit all, then you can participate!
Mentors and facilitators
The Innovation Bootcamp will deliver a series of short workshops delivered by University of Adelaide business school experts, alongside local and Adelaide based facilitators, coaches and mentors.
As a participant you will have access to the team of experts including AgTech specialists, software gurus, social entrepreneurs, and local and Adelaide based business professionals. You will be able to talk about your ideas, get real time feedback and support as you move through the two days.
Workshops and activities include:
General Overview Innovation Bootcamp
General Category Schedule - Agtech Innovation Bootcamp Day 1 - Wednesday 15 June 4:00pm - 4:05pm Welcome + Introduction to Innovation Bootcamp 4:05pm - 4:50pm Intro to Agtech with AgriKnowHow Ag + Agtech Ecosystem Overview 5:00pm - 6:00pm Lego Serious Intro with Conivial Ideas 6:00pm - 6:40pm Dinner 6:40pm - 7:20pm Team Formation and Team Building 7:20pm - 8:00pm Speed Dating with Mentors 8:00pm
End of Day 1
Day 2 - Thursday 16 June 9:00am - 9:45am
Topic 1: Emerging Technologies and Prototyping with Enabled and Xamin
Team Working Time
11:45am - 12:15pm Check Point 12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch 1:00pm - 2:30pm Team Working Time 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Topic 2: Developing the Pitch with Talent Academy
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Team Working Time
4:00pm - 5:00pm Final Pitch presentations
3 Minute presentations + 4 Minutes Q&A
5:00pm - 5:20pm Judging deliberation 5:20pm - 6:30pm Awards Ceremony 6:30pm - 7:30pm Drinks and Networking 7:30pm Close of Bootcamp
The Innovation Bootcamp is brought to you by ThincLab Loxton in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).