Our project aligns with UN Sustainable Goal 2, addressing world hunger and food security. Climate change poses a significant threat to bee populations, with predictions of extinction by 2050 without intervention. In Australia, heavily reliant on agriculture, this issue is particularly pertinent. Our innovation, the “drone bee,” draws inspiration from bee pollination and offers customizable functionalities, including soil sampling, health monitoring, seed planting, livestock surveillance, and pest control, allowing farmers to choose add-on features. Powered by solar energy, these drones return to rooftop charging arrays when low on power, functioning like a public transport system for entire regions. Orders can be placed via a user-friendly app. Beyond agriculture, the drone bee finds practical applications in bushfire detection, AI-based pest control, wildlife monitoring, and soil health assessment. We’re developing a scheduling app to facilitate data sharing with farmer consent, fostering knowledge exchange. In the current environmental consciousness context, the drone bee contributes to biodiversity projects, such as creating wildlife corridors for habitat protection and animal movement, thanks to its monitoring, pollinating, and portable capabilities.
Winner: Perth Modern