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.
There are several benefits to our solution which allows it to solve the problem at hand. First and foremost, we think that this idea is revolutionary due to its highly realistic potential due to the rising increase of the use of AI. This means that the idea would be quite easily implemented in the present world. In addition, it reduces the litter on the side of highways, thus reducing the risk on animals which may eat the litter. It also ensures reduced soil contamination by picking the rubbish up, preventing the plastics from the litter from intoxicating the soil and affecting plant growth. Also, this will be cost effective after initial costs of manufacturing the robots since they are solar powered and they will reduce costs of man labour which would have been required if humans were to pick up the rubbish.
Winner: Perth Modern