The Soil Collective

A collection of updates from teams around the world who are working on the Soil Testing Kit challenge

People Of The Soil April 20, 2013

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Project summary:

The soil test kit challenge presents a need for better information on soils from around the world to help people grow crops & aid in research. Better soil information helps to grow food more accurately on potentially valuable land that is currently unused. Information can be crowdsourced and disseminated using simple solutions including affordable sensors and mobile devices.

The People of the Soil aims to leverage a small, cheap, disposable device to collect soil data, send these  to a database via a web app or SMS. The data can be retrieved from the web app and SMS.


View our Challenge Video April 18, 2013

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The aim of our challenge is to create an easy to use, digital, illustrated soil testing guide and develop affordable hardware solutions for collecting soil information that can then be fed back and translated into growing advice. We’ve created a short video of the challenge, which we will present at #spaceapps in London We hope to see you there or virtually!


Help us Populate our Soil Testing Parameter Spreadsheet April 16, 2013

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As part of our #spaceapps challenge, we would like you to help us fill in our soil testing parameter spreadsheet, which is available as a google doc if you click here.

In the first column are different soil parameters that we have identified. Feel free to add more! Then for each parameter, add any tests that you know of (or can find through the internet) for any of the  parameters listed, the equipment needed and the method. These tests can be very simple and require nothing more than basic equipment readily available from a supermarket or DIY store, or you might envision a simple hardware solution, which can be one of the aspects of the challenge that you focus on. There are several columns to fill in for each parameter/test pair, which we hope are self-explanatory but leave a comment if this is not the case and we’ll explain in more detail. Don’t feel like you have to fill in every column. Just contribute what you can as we greatly appreciate your time and efforts!

The column at the end is entitled ‘Challenge’. This column is entirely open to interpretation, e.g. a simple challenge might be to build a sensor to measure soil moisture that would cost less than 20 Euros. Or you might think of a specfic challenge that you want to tackle for one of the parameters so please tell us about this in the doc.


Welcome! April 14, 2013

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The International Space Apps Challenge will take place between 18 and 21 April 2013. This blog is a collection of updates, progress and musings from teams/ individuals around the world who are working towards a solution for the Soil Testing Kit challenge.

The comments section can help us to work together to find the best solutions.

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