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Autogrow Announces Hackathon to Grow Crops on Mars

Autogrow announces hackathon to grow crops on Mars

7 September 2017 - Global solution company Autogrow is bringing the world of indoor agriculture together with space exploration and creating a 2-day indoor ag hackathon.

Alongside event partner Silicon Valley Forum, the November hackathon will see teams create crop production solutions for the inhospitable Mars conditions.

'We believe if you can find a way to sustainably grow crops on Mars, you will be able to grow in some of the harshest environments on earth because, if you can grow it there, you can grow it anywhere,' says Autogrow CEO Darryn Keiller.

'With climate change events having a significant impact on food production around the world, we need to look at alternative solutions to feed the projected 9 billion people by 2050. We want to set the bar high and hope to get creative, unique and resourceful solutions that can be utilised for crop production regardless of location.'

Silicon Valley Forum are familiar with hackathons but this is the first time they have had a focus on the 'red planet'.

'This is an innovative event with a very real and challenging goal and we are pleased to be hosting it with Autogrow in one of the world's most technological hubs in San Francisco, USA. We are looking for a range of people from programmers to agronomists, scientists, data technologists, researchers and anyone else who has an interest in taking on a challenge to grow crops on Mars to register a team,' says Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Forum.

Teams will be able to create software, data or design solutions for growing crops on Mars.

'We will be looking at originality, scalability, sustainability with regards to resource efficiency and whether it can be reproduced here on Earth. There will be a great panel of judges and mentors and we are lucky to have the partnership of Silicon Valley Forum who see the benefit in a hackathon geared towards indoor agriculture,' notes Mr Keiller.

More details on the Crops On Mars hackathon and to register go to www.cropsonmars.com

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About Autogrow
Established in 1994, Autogrow (www.autogrow.com) is committed to creating original ideas for agriculture - and making them a reality.
With a global headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, and growers and resellers in over 39 countries, Autogrow provides growers with affordable, accessible and easy-to-use innovation - 24/7, anywhere in the world.
By leveraging the power of technology, data science and plant biology through a team of software designers, engineers and crop science experts - Autogrow continues to push innovation boundaries to gain the best result for the growers.

About Silicon Valley Forum
At Silicon Valley Forum, we believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship. We've dedicated the last 33 years to helping people learn how to build a business the Silicon Valley way, with a focus on creativity and innovation, using technology to bring society towards a better future. Whether you're trying to create a company here or build your own Silicon Valley at home, our events and our online portal light the way for you to learn and grow as a 21st century entrepreneur.
We have a long history of creating successful events, programs and conferences that educate, train, inspire and connect technologists, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, innovation and startup hubs, and students-in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S., and globally. We organize about 100 different activities per year, have over 15,000 subscribers/users, and work with over 40 countries worldwide.
Our partners include global leaders Accenture, IBM, Microsoft, and SAP, just to name a few; as well as leading venture capital firms and service providers. Silicon Valley Forum is a fully independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
For more information, visit our website at http://www.siliconvalleyforum.com/.


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