Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a Personal Food Computer for my school?

The Personal Food Computer is not yet available for schools to purchase. For the 2016-2017 academic year we will be testing a very limited number of beta (Version 1.1) Personal Food Computers in area schools. We will share details about how to participate in this beta test and/or the next education pilot this fall. Please sign up on our email list at openag.mit.edu or join the education thread on our forum to stay updated on Food Computer education initiatives.

How can I get a Personal Food Computer for my home?

The Personal Food Computer is not yet available for sale, however, we are currently designing a new version that will be manufactured and sold in kits.

For makers, we have posted build materials and instructions for the prototype Version 1.0 Personal Food Computer on our website (and hosted on Github), but we warn that this prototype is still a very high level DIY engineering project. We highly recommend waiting for the Version 1.1, which will be much easier to build, maintain, and collect data from. We will be releasing documentation for the new version when it is finalized.

Where can I find information on building and operating a Personal Food Computer?

We have posted build materials and instructions as well as code to operate the prototype Version 1.0 Personal Food Computer on our website (hosted on Github). We warn that this prototype is still a very high level DIY project. We highly recommend waiting for the Version 1.1 which will be much easier to build, maintain, and collect data from. We will be releasing documentation for the new version when it is finalized, and we will also be manufacturing and selling Personal Food Computer kits.

How can I build a Food Server or Food Data Center?

We are looking forward to making Food Servers and Food Data Centers available worldwide, but we are still in the process of finalizing the designs. We do not yet have build instructions available, but we do intend to make them public once the systems are complete so that users can build the systems themselves. We are also aiming towards designing easy-to-build kits for purchase.

Are there any internships, graduate research, or volunteer opportunities available at OpenAg?

Unfortunately, the Open Agriculture Initiative is unable to support internships or volunteer opportunities outside of a limited network of MIT students and involved schools. OpenAg does not offer positions for MIT Media Lab graduate students.

Currently, the best way to get involved in the Open Agriculture Initiative is to build a Personal Food Computer and begin contributing data to the system. However, we highly recommend waiting for the latest version, which will be released in the coming months.

Contact

For press inquiries, please contact Ms. Alexandra Kahn, media lab press liaison, akahn@media.mit.edu.

For all other specific inquiries, please refer to the OpenAg Community Forum.

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