AgriFuture Won the Bronze Award in the 7th China International College Students’ Internet+ Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition Guangdong Province Final.
About the Competition
The 7th China International College Students’ Internet+ Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition Guangdong Province Final, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education & other government agencies and universities, came to a successful conclusion on 12 August 2021. The competition aims to deepen the reform of higher education, inspire the creativity of college students, and foster the driving force of "mass entrepreneurship & innovation”. It also aims to commercialize the competition results, promote Internet+ new types of businesses, and help the economy by improving its quality and efficiency. It hopes that innovation guides entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship drives employment, to enable higher-quality entrepreneurship & employment for college graduates.
In Guangdong Province, 250,900 projects were registered and over 1.02 million students join in this fierce competition. After the qualifying contests, a total of 300 projects from colleges and universities in Guangdong Province stood out from the semi-finals and were eligible for the final, including 130 in the category of Higher Education, 80 in the category of "Youth Revolutionary Dream Journey", and 90 in the category of Vocational Education. The entrepreneurship team of our university had an outstanding performance in the final and won many awards. Among them, the AgriFuture project team scored another win and won the bronze award.
AgriFuture - the Award-winning Project of CUHK(SZ)
1. Project Introduction
AgriFuture is a technology-based student entrepreneurial team established under the guidance of Professor Yeh-Ching Chung from the School of Data Science of our university. It aims to create and promote a set of agricultural AIoT platforms that integrate cloud and fog computing. We hope to apply the strong research capabilities of our university in the field of computer science to agricultural production and serve agricultural producers, leading a new low-cost & convenient smart agriculture. The team kickstarted its commercialization process in May 2021. While improving the product based on market demand, we are now actively contacting local governments and agricultural enterprises, and strive to implement the project within two years and formally enter the market.
2. Product Description
The "AgriFuture agricultural AIoT platform combined with cloud & fog computing" created by the team is an integrated intelligent agricultural system covering data monitoring, intelligent management, production suggestion, value evaluation. It includes three major functions: (1) a space-ground collaborative data monitoring system; (2) data analysis, display, and production suggestion; (3) traceability system and expert evaluation. We hope to use cutting-edge technology to solve some existing problems of smart agricultural products on the market, such as high cost, low returns, high threshold, and insufficient intelligence, so that smart agricultural systems can bring real benefits to agricultural producers and promote popularization and development of smart agriculture.
*Photo of the experimental field
*Some key members of AgriFuture
The core team of AgriFuture has 7 members in 3 departments: Business, Technology, and Product. The team also has about 10 members responsible for technology R&D.
Liang Zhanfei - undergraduate in Applied Economics, School of Management & Economics, 2018
Fu Hanwen - undergraduate in Finance, School of Management & Economics, 2018
Tao Xiaoyu - undergraduate in Global Business Management, School of Management & Economics, 2019
Li Jiarui, Ma Haotian, Mao Yu - undergraduates in Computer Science & Technology, School of Data Science, 2018
Yao Mingyi - undergraduate in Data Science, School of Data Science, 2019
Let's hear what the team says about their entrepreneurial experience.
Liang Zhanfei: I am glad to be a member of the AgriFuture team. I had the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and did something for society and agricultural producers. In just three months, I gained lots of unique experiences. The biggest challenge facing the Business Department was how to truly connect our technology & product with consumers. Computer and agriculture are two very different fields. As students, we don’t know much about agriculture. Therefore, the relevance to customer needs was our weak point in the early building of business logic. To solve this problem, we consulted many investors & practitioners in the agricultural field, and completed the set-up of the experimental field in two months, and implemented the product. On the one hand, we had to identify the problems that could happen in the actual application of the product and improve it. On the other hand, we must truly understand the real needs of consumers, so that we could focus more on the target customers rather than our product. It was not a simple process. We had to veto many original designs and plans, but our BP quality improved significantly with the joint efforts of everyone. The team members have learned a lot.
Tao Xiaoyu: I joined the AgriFuture project team by chance. I met many outstanding schoolmates here and learned a lot. It was the first time for many of us to participate in an innovation & entrepreneurship competition, so drafting a BP from scratch was a huge challenge for us. After many attempts, we found out what each member was good at and divided specific responsibilities and finally completed the BP. As a member of the Business Department, my job was to improve the awareness of products and technologies and combine organically our product with the business logic. I was also learning and growing in this process. I was at a loss in the beginning. Then I became proficient later and successfully completed the task. I couldn’t have done it without the patience and help from the Technology Department and my teachers. I also have a better understanding of smart agriculture now and I’ve learned a lot.
Mao Yu: Both the Product and the Technology departments were making progress during the development of the AgriFuture platform. The development in the past few months was a process of ongoing learning & constantly challenging oneself for me and my buddies in the Technology Department. From the development of the website platform to the algorithm design of the unmanned vehicle, the Technology team encountered many product requirements that were in our "blind spots of knowledge". However, my buddies and I were full of enthusiasm and constantly learning new knowledge and started to develop it. We overcame those hurdles one by one. The most interesting part of small project development is that it allows you to design and implement a system from start to finish. In the unmanned vehicle algorithm design that I participated in and was responsible for, my buddies and I did everything from pin soldering, hardware communication to the algorithms and system programming. Although the system and algorithm were not very complex, this entire development experience not only allowed us to make lots of technical progress but also gave us a sense of accomplishment.
Li Jiarui: From the perspective of a technology developer, the smart agriculture IoT is a highly integrated system. Apart from the technical research, software & hardware development in the laboratory stage, we also needed to face the challenges of various problems in the actual production environment. This is a valuable opportunity to improve our technology and awareness.
After completing the prototype development in the lab, we thought the deployment & implementation would be easy and fast. But it was actually time-consuming and there were lots of zig-zags. First, the deployment environment dealt a blow to us. The land was soft, wet & slippery with an insane amount of mosquitoes and unpredictable weather. In terms of technology, we basically had every problem possible, such as inaccurate sensor measurement, disconnection of soldering points, unstable server, difficulty in routing. On one occasion, we were stuck until night with various problems and had to use a flashlight to look for screws and deploy the equipment. I am very grateful to Professor Chung and everyone in the AgriFuture team. This experience has benefited me a lot!