May 23, 2019
The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology placed 2nd in the Weed and Feed Competition during the 4th Annual agBOT Challenge held May 16-18, 2019. Previously held at Gerrish Farms, this year’s challenge was relocated to Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE) near West Lafayette due to the continued growth of the program.
“The agBOT Challenge was designed as a symbolic event to provide a vision of what could be possible if we had high tech and high-speed internet on the farm,” said Steve Gerrish, who founded the event with his daughter in 2015. “Competitions are a great way to drive innovation and create a cross-collaborative effort in the agtech space.”
The agBOT Challenge is an international competition to create autonomous robots capable of performing agricultural tasks. Teams from around the world compete to develop new technologies, showcased over two days of competitions. The competition starts with an all-ages agricultural innovation showcase–the NextGen Expo–featuring cutting-edge robotics from competing teams, universities, industry, and entrepreneurs.