AgriNovus Indiana
Producer-Led Innovation Challenge2020-10-20T13:48:32-04:00

Innovation Challenge

Sept. 2, 2020 – Dec. 12, 2020

Bringing together leaders in production agriculture and technology to fuel innovation

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Indiana’s First AgTech Innovation Challenge!

Growth and innovation

Modern farm operations are inundated with data ranging from accounting to inventory to complex production data. This presents a significant opportunity that Indiana is uniquely positioned to solve.

Teams will be challenged to help to solve these critical software needs for Indiana producers. The winning team will receive a $25,000 grand prize from the Purdue Foundry.

Challenge Overview

Instead of seeing insights across a farm, producers are looking at data pieced together from a complex network of farm-specific software and consumer software such as Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. This disconnected reality costs countless hours annually in duplicative work.

The Producer-Led Innovation Challenge is designed to create new solutions that solve these critical gaps in farm management software.


Reduce manual data entry (typically conducted in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets or similar) by automating the aggregation of data from farm operating systems


Make it possible to quickly validate data quality (examples: field-level information, seed inventory, accounting entries, etc.)


Automate alert notifications based on farmer-defined standards and user roles


Visualize data to quickly and easily make informed decisions

Evaluation Overview

Every Applicant that submits a proof of concept on or before Dec. 4, 2020 will be evaluated as part of the Challenge. Each submission will be evaluated against the following equally-weighed criteria:


September 2

Applications open for the Producer-Led Innovation Challenge

September 25

Team application deadline

October 1 – November 30

Weekly availability calls with a mentor and optional availability from producer panel

December 4

All proof of concept submissions due to AgriNovus

December 9

Judging takes place

December 12

Winner announced

Challenge Participants

Benton Group
DSPii, Inc.
Huntington University
IUPUI School of Informatics + Computing
Leaf Software Solutions
Outside Source

Paladin Robotics
Purdue University Ag + Biology Engineering Department
Purdue University Digital Agriculture Discovery Lab
Purdue University Team OATS
Purdue University The Data Mine
The Qlever Company
WPR Services


These mentors will be available to teams as they work through solutions
from October 1 through November 30


The progressive Indiana farmers that defined the critical gap are:

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