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#CropsOnMars Hackathon

Silicon Valley Forum

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

#CropsOnMars Hackathon

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Individual registration
All tickets are nonrefundable. Ticket price includes meals for both days.
Oct 29, 2017 $15.00 $1.37
Register as a team
All tickets are nonrefundable. Teams must be NO FEWER than three (3) and NO MORE THAN five (5) people. You must have at least one team member with a science background. Ticket price includes meals for both days.
Nov 3, 2017 $45.00 $2.12
Late bird registration
All tickets are nonrefundable. Ticket price includes meals for both days.
Not Started $25.00 $1.62

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You might have heard it many times by now: the world’s population will reach 9 billion people by the year 2050. That’s quite a few mouths to feed, and a swiftly changing planet upon which to do so. The shifting environment and resulting stresses on the food chain are very real. We need to work together to come up with ways to grow food to #Feedthe9Billion in 2050.

The future of agriculture will be defined by a series of bold, innovative solutions that pit harsh environments against human ingenuity. We might need to look to the stars – literally – to find our way forward to the farms of the future.

#CropsonMars is a special hackathon that invites the best and brightest minds—people who are passionate, innovative and looking to create something spectacular—to join us this November to create software, data or design solutions that are literally out of this world. The #CropsOnMars motto is – if we can grow it there, we can grow it anywhere.


Mentors and Judges:
More to be announced

Jeffrey Law Greg Chiocco Andrew Scheuermann
Judge and Mentor
Jeffrey Law
CTO, Autogrow
Greg Chiocco
Dir. of Product Management,
Climate Corporation
Andrew Scheurmann
CEO, Arch Systems
Erica Riel Bilind Hajer Dennis Donohue
Erica Riel-Carden
Principal, Global Capital Mkts
Bilind Hajer
Data Analytics and Engineer
Product School
Dennis Donohue
Chief Innovation Officer,
Western Growers
Hugo Wagner Jay Onda Darryn Keiller
Hugo Wagner

Principal, Orange Silicon Valley
Jay Onda

Startup Investments
Orange Silicon Valley
Darryn Keiller



Subject to change


10:00 am - Registration + light breakfast 
11:00 am - Introduction Silicon Valley Forum
11:30 am - AutoGrow fireside "Challenges and Opportunites of Agriculture" 
12:30 pm - Getting to know your team
1-2 pm - Lunch time + brainstorming with teams
2-9 pm - Hacking beggins*
6:00 pm - Working dinner
9:00pm - End of first day

*From 5pm-9pm - Mentoring Sessions will be provided 


09:00 am - Breakfast and Hacking
10-12 pm - Mentoring Sessions
12:00 pm - Working lunch
1-3 pm - Mentoring Sessions
5:00 pm - Presentations, judging pannel and announcement of winner


Criteria, Considerations, and Rules:

Each project must follow these considerations:

  • The hack must be able to support life for at least 12 months.
  • The hack must produce / support a comparable yield to that on earth.
  • The hack must utilise current known technologies (sorry no anti-gravity devices or teleportation solutions).

Teams can have a minimum of three (3) people and a maximum of five (5). You must have at least one team member with a science background. Hackathon projects will be judged on:

  • ORIGINALITY Have you gone where no one else has gone before?
  • SUSTAINABILITY Resource efficiency – energy, water, nutrients.
  • SCALABILITY Can you feed your team and then your neighborhood?
  • REPRODUCIBILITY: Could your solution be implemented here on Earth?

The final product for presentation must be visual: Powerpoint, conceptual model, or demonstration. We can’t wait to see your creation! Final presentations are to be 3 minutes, with 2 minutes for questions from the judges.

Hackathon Grand Prize:

Presented by:

Autogrow                         Silicon Valley Forum


Ag Funder              Hint Water      Coding Dojo 

AgTech Insight

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981 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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