2024 Farm Robotics Challenge competition kickoff

a Farm-ng Amiga agriculture robot maneuvers through a field of leafy greens.

In the realm of the 2024 Farm Robotics Challenge, the convergence of technology and agriculture takes center stage as a means to address real AgTech issues in the field. This groundbreaking (literally) competition has the ambitious goal of pushing the boundaries of agriculture while challenging a new generation of automation engineers with a passion for agriculture.

The year-long competition kicked off on September 19, 2023. There is still time to bring a team together for this new season as proposals are due November 15, 2023. Development will start on January 31, 2024, and project judging will take place in early September 2024. Teams from the previous 2023 challenge were assembled at various university labs and clubs around the world and worked on their challenge projects throughout the year.

This year, the competition is introducing a new division for 2-year colleges, making the challenge more inclusive and providing a broader platform for innovation. Participants will work with the state-of-the-art Amiga robot from Farm-ng, focusing on small-farm applications to make a meaningful impact on local communities.

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Teams can propose any viable project as long as it meets the criteria for the challenge.

Teams can win awards, in addition to the valuable experience, networking, and industry connections that the challenge will bring.

There are four categories of awards:

  • Grand Prize: Awarded to the team that excels in all aspects of the challenge, from innovation to implementation.
  • Elegance in Design: Celebrates the team that excels in creating a well-designed, user-friendly solution.
  • Complexity: Honors the team that tackles the most complex challenges with an advanced and intricate solution.
  • Small Farm: Recognizes the team that creates a solution specifically tailored to the needs of small farms.
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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.