Winter Is Coming

winter-is-coming-213 November is the next Work-Along Sunday. Because of the coming of winter, we’ll start in the afternoon at 14:00h. Gardening till 16:00h.

To do in November: clearing the garden of excess grass. Making it look nice for winter. Harvesting the last herbs and veggies and the first Jerusalem Artichokes (or: Helianthus tuburosus, aardperen in Dutch).

TUINHACK results

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Our winners & Judges: Marloes, Markus, Kimberley, Evert-Jan,Nico, Javier, Ellen, Erik & Deovrat.

A range of projects emerged. From decorating fruit as a fun way to reconnect with food to hand-held “tricorder” for plant health to indoor nursery to empower student residents to socialize with a purpose.

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Thanks judges for your great feedback.

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Our hackers at work.

Thanks also to our guests, help desk and volunteers of MAD emergent art center and Aardwerk Co-op as well as Chef Erling (who unfortunately fell seriously ill at the eleventh hour – get well soon Erling!).

TUINHACK Challenge: Campfire Stories

1023_campfire-cogFor ages mobile communities have met at the campfire for a story and a meal. Celebrating diversity and identity. From cowboys to warriors tot refugees. From international students to expats. What does the 21st century campfire in the garden look like. What stories can we tell each other?

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

TUINHACK Challenge: Connected Garden

ttn-network-1024x754How does our garden grow? Can we connect gardens around the city or even the world to better match needs and supply? Can we stimulate competition and cooperation? Network for more fun and celebration in the garden?

Using IoT technology, cheap low power sensors that work for years unattended. Add our exisiting Eindhoven LoraWAN network into the mix and green dreams come true.

Gather data automatically. Analyze and develop innovative applications.

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

TUINHACK: Upgrades

Venue

We’ve upgraded TUINHACK with a bigger venue: Gaslab @ TU/e campus.

We’ll be able to extend our working hours through the night to make it a true Hacking Marathon.

Thanks to the generous cooperation from Studium Generale.

Catering

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We’re very pleased that top chef Erling Rugsten will provide our catering. We may even persuade him to give an inspirational lightning talk. Erling has also agreed to serve as judge on our jury, with is expertise on food, creative expression and business sense.

TUINHACK Challenge:
GutĀ Feeling

bassler - humans?What make you happy is what makes your microbes happy. Research shows more and more that the microbes in our gut have a profound influence on our mood, memory, behavior and mental and physical behavior.

This should not be too surprising. Just think of traditional expressions like “trust your gut feeling” and “love goes through the stomach”. We are outnumbered 10 to 1 in our own body when considering the number of cells. 100 to 1 in terms of information stored in the form of DNA.

Design indoor/outdoor places to relax or get energized, dishes or drinks that stimluate creative thinking. Develop ways to communicate with our inner microbe-cosmos.

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

TUINHACK Challenge:
IoP

viracubeThe Internet of Plants: the organic version of Internet of Things. Research shows that fungi, with their mycelium, carry information and nutrients between plants over large areas. Can we tap into this network and learn about the health and mood of an ecosystem – the collection of living organisms in a particular place? What can we learn from that?

Develop easy and fun tools to collect and interpret (big) data. Make the vegetable conversations visible and audible.

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

 

TUINHACK Challenge:
Yield Metrics

garden_dining1You’ve been gardening and are wondering what all your work has yielded. What kind of yields and how to keep track of them in a fun and easy way.

Often in agriculture we only think about yield in terms of weight or volume of harvested produce and how much money we sell it for. But the consumer has other concerns. How much pleasure or satisfaction do I get from eating this or that? Will it make me healthy or will it give me obesity or diabetes? Do I have more energy, can I remember better or am I more creative and productive? Am I having more fun? Do I get along better with my neighbors? How does the yield from the community garden contribute to my/our happiness?

Develop metrics that help keep track these high-level yields for the end-user of the Community Garden Experience. Measure how (much) this contributes to the Good Life Experience. What make you happy and how happy does it make you?

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

TUINHACK Challenge:
Easy & Fun

tuinhack_hackathon_challenge_urban gardeningYou want to get your hands dirty and have some fun in the garden. You have no experience and no idea where to begin or how to do it.

We challenge you to come up with a simple and compelling tool that makes gardening really easy and fun to do.

Imagine you have a spare hour and you are in the mood for something fun outdoors. You pull out your favorite gadget and it shows you what to do and how to do it. It will reward you for what you do correct and makes suggestions to help you improve.

Gamify, network with your friends…

Think about technical implementation, hardware, software, user experience, marketing, promotion and economic model. Make it so!

Where Innovation Starts in the Garden