Inspiration

There are many movements centered around the individual to help make a difference in the changing environment that we are all a part of. We wanted to focus on a solution that any individual can do (once scaled), and make sure our impact can be quantified in many ways. Our video discusses over 10+ ways sustainable gardens can boost the environment. We also took inspiration from National Geographic and their article on sustainable agriculture.

What it does

Put simply, we allow anyone to create, modify, explore, and by developing remote, sustainable gardens. A user can access our site and receive live-feeds, images, biological sensors (temperature, moisture, light, and humidity), and perform actions on their plants like watering them or toggling lights. We developed an MVP, and while it is a proof of concept we developed a working demonstration. Our team knows that if our proven concept is scaled, it has the potential to create much positive impact on the environment.

We want to stress we have a working demonstration. Our video and source code should be enough to prove as much, but if appropriate, we are willing to give hardware demonstrations to any judges interested.

How I built it

The hardware was built using various components (images of sensors and more provided above) placed on a used cardboard box (recycled) to make a small garden with two plots. The frontend was designed using Figma and full-stack javascript with additional machine learning (to determine plant health and height) using a cloud service. The code is public and can be found in the repository linked below.

Challenges I ran into

Remote hackathons presented a unique challenge to us. Deciding to do a project with hardware put us at a disadvantage because we could not easily share resources as projects who were purely software & digital. Nevertheless, we all believed in the idea and decided it was a necessary hit and compensated with extra collaboration on all other facets of the project.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We finished, which is always a welcome accomplishment for any Hackathon. It was difficult with many challenges, but we were still able to submit. Our team learned a great deal and we are all happy that the public will be able to see the project we have created.

What I learned

We learned a great deal about sustainable gardens through reading articles (some on National Geographic) and other resources like almanac.com proved educational. We also had members talk with representatives from companies like National Geographic and iCreate to better understand how to modify our project to optimize the impact on the environment. By not working in isolation, and instead utilizing the resources the sponsors and EarthXHack provided, we as a team learned a great deal about the challenges facing the environment.

What's next for Sustainable Gardens For Everyone

While we were satisfied with being able to build a working demo, we know that this is only the beginning. We are eager to see the reception of our project, and hoping to receive any feedback from judges (either positive or negative) to better gauge our ideas potential. Sustainable gardening has many environmental impacts, and with the right mentoring and expanding of our project, we can make a significant difference.

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