Indoor Agriculture Hackathon
12th & 13th November 2016
Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
In our Series of Hackathons at IIIT-D, we did a hackathon on Pollution with a team of 40 Engineering Students. In this we spoke that the outcome of pollution is also stunted growth and difficulty on agriculture. As the world moves to Indoor agriculture, and engineers and farmers are finding solutions, it is important to gather data that will be useful for doing this.
Taking a cue from this outcome, MakersBox organised a 2 Day Hackathon at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, New Delhi.
We kept our brief same, 40 students from First Year First Semester in Engineering who joined college a few months back will be given a chance to be a maker per day. Pacing them through the problem statements, Introduction to Hardware and Problem Solving skills, we introduced them to various Sensors – Including a Carbon Monoxide Sensor, Light Sensor, Temperature and Humidity Sensors, and gave them an 8 x 8 LED Matrix to visualise data.
The Students were split into 8 teams of 5 members each, which went on to create the solutions and to think far and beyond on how to do this. We decided as an experiment to measure, visualise and eventually create the perfect conditions for growing an Orange Tree
On the second day, 13th November 2016, the students got together and were put through a safety briefing on how to use tools such as Soldering Iron, Heat Guns, using Heat Shrink Tubing for protection and insulation of Soldered Cables, as well as some of them were introduced to a Bread-board for the first time and Arduino coding.
After a brief introduction to tools, Fritzing and how to use it, and the Arduino IDE – they were told to go back into their teams and were given 4 hours to come up with their build, with a possible solution of taking it forward.
The day wrapped up on a high note, some teams figured out a different way of visualising data, while some times got some interactive text going on – on the LED Matrix display to showcase what they were doing. Each team built Leadership Skills, Hardware Solution Skills as well as learnt to code.
Working with various sensors and gaining information about their data sheets and relevant codes was a great experience, and gave new insights about Arduino, Arduino IDE and working of a system of physical devices as a whole.
Arduino was a completely new concept as I have always had this phobia against hardware. But after today and yesterday’s session, I am very comfortable in tackling problems and resolving them using hardware.
I have learnt how to develop a method to tackle a challenge / problem and how to incorporate modern day technology into building that solution. Particularly, I learnt about some basic sensors with Arduino’s working, this will help me to further develop more ambitious projects!
I have learnt how to develop projects using Arduino Uno and how to program in C (kind of – but I am way more confident now). I also coded actively in a project for the first time. The experience of working with a team and building a solution was amazing and so was the feeling.