Patch IT App

Urban gardening goes social

It consists of a kit to test urban soils linked to a smartphone app where users can share information to create networks of urban farmers.

Use Case

A community based mobile and web application that allows users to find allotments and determine what fruit and vegetables are most suitable to be grown there. Users will be presented with a map of allotments nearest to their desired location. A separate portable device will integrate with the app to allow user testing of soil quality and heavy metal contamination. By Bluetooth connection with a mobile device, test results will be made available online to the user and community. The app will integrate weather forecasts and soil quality for the desired allotment, to recommend what’s most suitable to be grown there. Through inclusion of CC0 gardening guides in the app. Recommendations will direct the user to online shops for optional purchasing of seeds and equipment required for cultivation.

Potential

Around 20% of the of the world's food is produced in cities, with 800 million people growing vegetables in urban areas. The lack of support and regulation on urban farming makes a good practice potentially dangerous. There is little financial support for urban agriculture and the threat to public health is real. One of the main problems is the soil contamination especially in highly industrialised areas. We propose a way to control soil pollution and educate people in best practices to grow food in their cities. We advocate for the creation of a global community of urban growers. The lack of effective soil management and environmental policies together with people's reliability on urban farming in developing countries, will make Patch IT App essential in those regions of the world.

Business Case

Patch IT App consists of a user-friendly kit to test urban soils for contaminants, nutrients and pH, and integrates the information to provide advice on how to treat the soil and what to grow. This kit is linked to a smartphone app where the users can share information and create local networks. The kit includes a device with detectors that are stable and safe. Early development stages will be devoted to producing the detector and a device, while the app is being developed. Our scope will be initially limited to Europe, with first trials in the UK. Expansion to new areas requires researching the particularities of urban agriculture in each region. Marketing will be done through social networks and through the app. Revenues will be obtained from the purchase of the kit and in-app adverts.

Objectives:

  1. Create a community of urban farmers where people can collaborate and learn from each other about best practices in urban gardens
  2. Ensure food security by measuring the levels of contaminants in the soil and advising grower how to improve the soil quality.
  3. Optimise production by growing the most efficient crops for climate and soil conditions.

Team Patch IT App

Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Our Team

  • Vanessa Bueno U of East Anglia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Pilar Corredor Moreno Earlham Inst , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Javier Galdon-Armero John Innes Centre, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Benjamen White U of East Anglia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

We did it!!! / Published January 17, 2017 by Vanessa Bueno

We did it!!!

We submitted the Final Pitch!!
Check out our videos, and don't forget to follow our last updates in our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/PatchITAppTFF/

:)

Interior Architect 3 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 3

Interior Architect 2 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 2

Finishing up the last details for our pitch video :D :D So excited to share this with the world.

Interior Architect 1 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 1

This is the place where Patch IT App started as a crazy idea over coffee break. It's the common area at the Earlham Insitute, where part of our team works. We used this space to work out the details and we even did some filming in the building! :)

Expert input 2 - the scientist / Published December 21, 2016 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Expert input 2 - the scientist

http://www.earlham.ac.uk/antoine-persoons

We discussed our idea with Dr Antoine Persoons, a postdoctoral scientist at the Earlham Institute. He gave us tons of practical feedback

We talked about the practicalities of designing a kit to detect heavy metals and how it is currently done in the lab.

He gave us tons of useful feedback. He said we should include nutrient testing in our kit to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the soil. And we think it's a great idea!

Our Mission

In Patch IT App we want to address the current problems of urban agriculture to increase the quality and efficiency of crops grown in cities.

Our Background

All our research projects have as a final aim improving crops to feed more people! And that's what we care about. Javier is a 3rd year PhD student at the John Innes Centre (JIC), working in tomato resistance to drought and pests. Ben is a 3rd year PhD student at he Earlham Institute (EI) working on the improvement of the yam genome. Pilar and Vanessa both work at EI and JIC. Pilar is a 2nd year PhD student working in wheat resistance to yellow rust. Vanessa is a 1st year PhD student and she's developing a mathematical model to describe yellow rust epidemiology.

We did it!!! / Published January 17, 2017 by Vanessa Bueno

We did it!!!

We submitted the Final Pitch!!
Check out our videos, and don't forget to follow our last updates in our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/PatchITAppTFF/

:)

Interior Architect 3 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 3

Interior Architect 2 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 2

Finishing up the last details for our pitch video :D :D So excited to share this with the world.

Interior Architect 1 / Published January 10, 2017 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Interior Architect 1

This is the place where Patch IT App started as a crazy idea over coffee break. It's the common area at the Earlham Insitute, where part of our team works. We used this space to work out the details and we even did some filming in the building! :)

Expert input 2 - the scientist / Published December 21, 2016 by Pilar Corredor Moreno

Expert input 2 - the scientist

http://www.earlham.ac.uk/antoine-persoons

We discussed our idea with Dr Antoine Persoons, a postdoctoral scientist at the Earlham Institute. He gave us tons of practical feedback

We talked about the practicalities of designing a kit to detect heavy metals and how it is currently done in the lab.

He gave us tons of useful feedback. He said we should include nutrient testing in our kit to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the soil. And we think it's a great idea!

Our Team

  • Vanessa Bueno U of East Anglia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Pilar Corredor Moreno Earlham Inst , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Javier Galdon-Armero John Innes Centre, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Benjamen White U of East Anglia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Our Mission

In Patch IT App we want to address the current problems of urban agriculture to increase the quality and efficiency of crops grown in cities.Read More

Our Background

All our research projects have as a final aim improving crops to feed more people! And that's what we care about. Javier is a 3rd year PhD student ...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.