We challenged teams from across Australia to come up with an IoT solution to help the agriculture industry. We gave the university teams five weeks. We gave the general public teams one week. This is what they came up with.

Smart fertiliser tanks, precision nutrient application, and monitoring bee hives in real time – just some of the real solutions that were built and pitched by our Innovation Challenge teams on the weekend.

The teams were challenged to design, build and code an innovative IoT prototype solution within a short amount of time for one of the many challenges that confront Aussie farmers.

It was great to see all 40 teams diving in and using the hardware to build such innovative and high quality solutions.

Congratulations to our winners!

2017 Telstra Innovation Challenge winners

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Public Stream Winner – DiUS

DiUS designed a connected intelligent fertiliser tank that tracks conditions and usage to help farmers better manage their fertiliser. The monitoring solution also notifies fertiliser suppliers when the bins are full to reduce costly trips to re-fill containers that may not be needed. DiUS are donating their $10,000 prize the to the Flying Robot School program – an initiative that encourages rural children to pursue careers in STEM.

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University Stream Winner – Team CQU (CQ University, Bundaberg Campus)

Team CQU produced a modular fertigation control solution that attaches to irrigation systems and allows farmers to better control the proportions of nutrients distributed to their crops. This unique design is low cost, and can replace almost any existing irrigation control system. The system can also provide recommendations back to the farmer based on environmental and meteorological conditions.

Innovation Winner – Farmate (RMIT University)

Farmate constructed the “Bee Secure” hive monitoring solution. The system assists bee farmers with actively-monitoring the conditions of all their hives in real time. Additionally, the solution incorporates elements of automation and artificial intelligence to change conditions around the hive to influence conducive, bee-producing environments.

The 2017 Telstra Innovation Challenge finalist pitching awards event was held at Telstra Labs in Melbourne on 13 May.