In 2012, the Hydroponic Automation Platform Initiative (HAPI) was founded with the goal of developing an open source automation platform for hydroponic food production. Since then, HAPI has expanded to also include grow system designs and educational outreach. Launched as an extension of HAPI, the KickStarter campaign will provide a channel to deliver state-of-the-
The campaign has a low funding goal, under $15,000, that will help the project to continue. For every $10,000 of funding over the goal, HAPI will build one urban food production center. The owners/operators will provide the space and utilities while the HAPI team will provide the grow systems, automation platform, site design, staff management software, start-up guidance and operational support. HAPI founder Tyler Reed stated “In 2010, I found myself asking: how can the food system be transformed?
Campaign rewards include organic seeds, hydroponics classes and personal hydroponic systems. To back the HAPI project, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/
Created in 2012, a key purpose of HAPI is to create open source automation and designs for scalable food production systems. This includes sensing and monitoring, remote-control, automation, power management and the design of high-yield grow systems that can be customized to meet end user requirements. In fall of 2013, the project launched an educational outreach program by providing public hydroponics classes, engaging with schools in Nashville, TN and Columbus, OH and making educational content freely available to the public.
HAPI is staffed and funded by its volunteer members. To learn more about the HAPI initiative, please visit the project website at http://hapihq.com