A lot of people including us would really love to be sustainable by growing the crops in our own houses. Even if we do, a lot of surplus crops are left to be down to nothing
What it does
When you first open the gardening app, you'll be asked to create a profile. Let us know your name, gardening experience, and if you're interested in growing or buying/selling crops. Our crop recommendation model, GardenPal, will then consider the temperature, humidity, pH, and rainfall in your region to recommend the best crops for you. Once you've selected your crops, GardenPal will set milestones to track your plant growth. We'll send you reminders and instructions throughout the plant's lifecycle to help you keep your plants healthy and thriving. We're also working on integrating a plant diagnosis model with Plantix to predict crop diseases. And our Jarvis chatbot, integrated with ChatGPT, can answer your questions and guide you through the diagnosis process. We hope you'll find our gardening app helpful and enjoyable!
How we built it
Our work began with an assessment of the challenges faced by people due to climate change. We learned that climate change has a significant impact on the growth of food crops, which in turn leads to shortages in almost all parts of the world. We also know that planting trees and plants can help to significantly reduce carbon emissions. This left us with two main goals: To combat the effects of climate change on crop growth. To encourage people to plant more plants in order to reduce carbon emissions. We determined that urban gardening is one excellent method to achieve both of these goals. The first thing we wanted to know was the challenges that people face in gardening. We conducted a survey to gather information from people who already have home gardens or are passionate about the environment. We then analyzed the data to create user personas, which helped us identify the users' pain points.
The main pain points were as follows: People need assistance growing and monitoring their crops. Even if they do grow crops, there is no marketplace where they can sell them. We came up with a solution in the form of an app that would: Recommend crops based on the specific region. Diagnose plant diseases using computer vision. Build a community to create a virtual marketplace for users. Track the plant lifecycle to celebrate milestones at each stage. We believe that this app will help people overcome the challenges they face in urban gardening and make a positive impact on the environment.
Challenges we ran into
Though we had our wireframes ready we had trouble developing the app. We also faced data scarcity which made it difficult for us to train the machine learning models and do the market research.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of our novel idea of introducing a Virtual Marketplace where gardeners can buy, sell, or barter their crops, enabling them to enjoy fresh produce from their homes. We also Tailored and Enhanced user experience based on the user caliber with the help of milestones. We are also proud that we make an impact on climate change by making people plant more plants.
What we learned
We learned a lot regarding Climate Change(its causes and effects) and the way to tackle it. We came to terms with the work being focussed more on the area of agriculture for future generations to build on our ideas. We also learned to ideate and iterate and Design thinking and how products are reverse-engineered from the solution to the user using user problem to product methodology.
What's next for HomeGrown
We would strive to build a community of gardeners. So, in the future, we would as we have more gardeners we can collect the data to track the CO2 emission.