B-Box

Bee the change

Solar powered modular bee-box with user controlled ambient features through bleeding edge technology, increasing productivity by upto 220%

Use Case

Mohan is a well-known farmer in a rich belt in Chatarpur district in India. Over the years, he has adjusted his farming techniques to latest methods for better output, but is observing the stagnancy now. He shares this same plight with his contemporaries. They decide to buy Shehed's Bee-Box, two per acre of land. The changes are immediate, leaving everyone perplexed. The next harvest comes with an increment in food productivity of 220%. Mohan's wife has planned to label the fine honey produce and sell it to villages nearby. During summers, he regulates temperature, humidity, monitor bee health on the mobile application. Their local community meeting is ongoing, where they are discussing how rotating the boxes amongst them will reap more benefits, over a spoon of homegrown SHEHED!

Potential

The potential of pollinators and their quintessential role in our food production is highly prominent. The dollar value of all the plants pollinated by bees across the globe is around 265 billion dollars. One-third of the food available on our plate is made possible by bees. Over the years, there has been a rapid decline in bee colonies in the race to meet the splurge in food required. Bees perform about 80% of pollination worldwide supplying 90% of the world's nutrition. Investing a mere 40$ in our single, fully equipped bee-box, a farmer can get returns of upto 77$, garnering profit of 48%, through an increase in the agricultural productivity by up to 220%, not to mention natural honey and bee-wax produce.

Business Case

We come from a country having economic roots in agriculture and have seen the plight of farmers firsthand. With problems like limited land and lack of technology in agricultural practices, decline in food productivity is as crucial as the issue of income. Keeping both the notions in mind, we’ve come up with a low-cost, technically sound model for targeted usage of farmers, which helps, not only in an increment in production but connects the various stakeholders. The capital expenditure done by the farmer on our product is easily favored back, with a whopping profit of up to 48%, in addition to the increase in food productivity by 220%. Our broader vision is to make this product economically self-profitable for everyone, reaping the benefits from natural, pristine methods.

Objectives:

  1. Scrutinize, pioneer, and implement farming techniques to plunge the agricultural productivity through nature-inclusive methods
  2. To cease the decline of bees, by providing economical, technologically sound model
  3. Building a single platform connecting farmers, bee-keepers across geographic regions.

Team Shehed

Mumbai, India

Our Team

Shehed: An Overview / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed: An Overview

Shehed's Roadmap for the Future / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed's Roadmap for the Future

Consumer's Return on Investment / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Consumer's Return on Investment

Shehed invited to Amaethon 2016 / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed invited to Amaethon 2016

Shehed presents idea at TEDx platform / Published January 9, 2016 by Tejas Gawande

Shehed presents idea at TEDx platform

http://www.tedxgateway.com/

Our Mission

Our team perceives the problem of food shortage as one of the quintessential problems of the coming generation. Although we as a community are growing in technology and are adept to all the digital manifestation of resources, the basic attention to food necessity and our methods towards its production seems to be lost in the process. With the word "sustainable" and "simple" as our core tenets, we want to dig deeper than the root of this shortage, explore the possibilities surrounding this problem, and innovate to our strengths, by looking into one of the most important and unheard parameter affecting the food security today, salvaging a whole community. Our mission is to look into one of the crucial step in agricultural production, pollination, by saving the major pollinators, bees, which are responsible for majority of our food availability. We are working together to observe, alert, and bring out a future solution to this classic problem. Just a heads-up, keep that sweet tooth ready!

Our Background

Hailing from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, our team of five has all the diversity this problem needs. Vanisha and Sarthak, are pursuing Materials Science majors, and have a knack effective implementation of materials in our daily life. Sumedha pursuing chemical majors can blend various solutions into a common outcome. Tejas and Somesh, with Engineering Physics as their backdrop, bring all the creative and simple solutions to the techno-theory complex problems on the table. Together, having felt this needle like problem in our local environment, we feel capable of delivering this ever -so- need of feeding our population.

Shehed: An Overview / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed: An Overview

Shehed's Roadmap for the Future / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed's Roadmap for the Future

Consumer's Return on Investment / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Consumer's Return on Investment

Shehed invited to Amaethon 2016 / Published January 10, 2016 by Vanisha Goyal

Shehed invited to Amaethon 2016

Shehed presents idea at TEDx platform / Published January 9, 2016 by Tejas Gawande

Shehed presents idea at TEDx platform

http://www.tedxgateway.com/

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team perceives the problem of food shortage as one of the quintessential problems of the coming generation. Although we as a community are growing in technology and ...Read More

Our Background

Hailing from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, our team of five has all the diversity this problem needs. Vanisha and Sarthak, are pursuing Materials Science majors, and have ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.