The Ag Innovation Challenge aims to bridge the divide that exists between rural and urban communities and, more specifically, between growers in the valley and the broader, local tech community. We hope to prototype solutions that would solve regional agricultural challenges, make Oregon agriculture more competitive and potentially provide additional revenue streams for our growers.
Join the Technology Association of Oregon(TAO) and our partners, the City of Independence and SEDCOR, as we spend a week in a community-driven, collaborative design sprint focused on agricultural innovation. This event will be hosted entirely virtually with participants from around the country.
As a region, we produce 250+ food products and many of them are specialty crops with unique opportunities to use technology to sustain, scale and position the mid-Willamette Valley as a leader in agricultural innovation.
The past few months, the City of Independence and SEDCOR teams took the TAO staff on multiple tours and visits to talk with farmers in the region. The TAO team gained insight into the day-to-day challenges and obstacles surrounding agriculture in the mid-Willamette Valley with the goal of coming up with a handful of challenges that farmers themselves can 'pitch' to entrepreneurs and technologists.
By touring farms and interviewing growers, we have compiled challenges that directly impact producers in our region. We will leverage the knowledge of the growers, assets from the public sector (data, staff, technology platforms, public infrastructure, small business incubation), and the technology industry (technology solutions, expertise, professionals, funding) with the goal of providing solutions to successfully serve the agricultural community.
Sign up as a participant, coach, volunteer, student willing to learn or an observer as we leverage design thinking to create solutions to empower a more inclusive, innovative region.