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!

Work Along Sunday 14 August

On the first Work Along Sunday of the new academic year we can enjoy the garden in full summer glory. This is the most productive season of the year.

We will do summer maintenance: pruning our berry bushes, plant a few new ones. Feed the garden to optimize summer growth and a rich harvest this fall.

Free cuttings of the spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum – “spinplant” in Dutch) and different mint (Mentha) species are available. Grow them at home or give them away.

Harvest kitchen herbs like chives, lovage (Levisticum officinale, “lavas” in Dutch), cilantro and others. The blackberries are likely to be ready for harvest too.

Please bring a dish to share for lunch.

The TU/e Community Garden Work Along Sunday is open from 10am till 2 pm. Hope to see you soon!

Plattegrond TUe 2015 TUIN

Work-Along Sunday 10 July!

Summer has arrived. Time to harvest the fruit of our labor. Like strawberries and Tayberries. We also have abundant mint and lemon balm.

Join us on Sunday 10 July from 10am till 2 pm for a little easy garden maintenance and fresh berries and herb tea.

We may also plant and sow a few things – for harvest in late autumn, winter or next year…

Where Invention Starts in the Garden