Grow Computer

Better hardware for smarter growing

Grow Computer is a unique smart farming platform that combines simple, high-quality hardware with the power of open-source software.

Use Case

Grow Computer can make ANY indoor or urban farm smarter by providing simple, consistent, high-quality, accessible, and affordable hardware to the indoor grower. The Grow Computer brings smart controls to any grow through outlet-by-outlet power controls, remote monitoring, and energy management. From there, we are developing an entire system of high-quality, plug-and-play sensors and a simple app to allow anyone to start growing smarter, without a deep knowledge of electrical engineering. Lastly, we are going to allow the open-source development of software for the device, which will bring an “App Store” of amazing sharing, advanced analytics, and remote monitoring tools to the world.

Potential

The future of the planet depends on reforming how we grow and even think about food. We need a lot of solutions—from major innovations in field ag that save water and nitrogen, to indoor and urban growing around cities. We believe that the Grow Computer platform will empower individuals and communities around the world to connect in new ways to develop and share plant recipes, new ideas, technology and innovations. We are hoping to be a tool to build the the future agriculture by democratizing critical technologies and linking communities of growers everywhere around the world

Business Case

We feel that there is an opportunity to create a profitable hardware product that is used by everyone around the world. Our initial unit will retail for approximately $500, and we can already make them for 70% gross margin before we even scale operations. We are going to make our own line of sensors and peripherals that will easily integrate into our ecosystem. We already have video cameras and temperature, pH, EC, and water temperature sensors, and are working on more. Lastly, we are going to approach research institutions, schools, and other businesses to sell these at scale. While we believe Grow Computer is perfect for individuals and other DIY groups, we are going to have the ability to connect every classroom in a school district or mesh them together to scale for larger farms

Objectives:

  1. Empower growers to grow smarter without the need for expensive products or electrical engineering knowledge
  2. Help link communities of growers around the world. GC will link growers everywhere, helping them share innovations, tests, and data
  3. Unlock the power of grow data. Many people don’t know where to begin. GC aims to make unlocking the power of your grow’s data.

Team Grow Computer

Brooklyn, NY & Sacramento,CA, United States of America

Our Team

Our Mission

Grow Computer is a tool that will power the next wave of the urban farming movement, and fundamentally alter the opportunities of indoor and urban agriculture. We believe that we can connect farmers, students, researchers, and entrepreneurs to power a new wave of data collection and analysis, collaboration opportunities, and AI-powered services will unlock an urban farming revolution.

Our Background

Dan and Ian met working on MIT’s Open Agriculture project. Dan is a former founder and has provided Virtual CFO services to dozens of startups. Ian is a medical device engineer with over fifteen years’ experience developing cutting-edge medical devices such as the artificial heart. The rest of the team is made up of passionate, talented, and driven people who not only care about the future of food and urban ag. Software: David, Dylan & Monti. Marketing: Wythe & Andrew

Our Team

Our Mission

Grow Computer is a tool that will power the next wave of the urban farming movement, and fundamentally alter the opportunities of indoor and urban agriculture. We believe ...Read More

Our Background

Dan and Ian met working on MIT’s Open Agriculture project. Dan is a former founder and has provided Virtual CFO services to dozens of startups. Ian is a ...Read More

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    Posted three facts about global food issues learned in the Explore mode
  • Insight + Insight + Insight
    Shared three new insights your team formulated in the Define mode
  • On Time, On Target
    Shared your Design Statement created during the Define mode
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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.