The Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology (aka GOAT) is a sister organization of farmOS, originally started by, and currently organized by, a number of individuals in and close to the farmOS community.
The goals of the organization are outlined on http://goatech.org/
The Goals of GOAT
Coordinate existing development – there are many organizations working on open ag software and hardware today with overlapping interests. Let’s get together! Let’s talk about building software together BEFORE we spend time and money, not after!
Invite new development – Let’s make a place where newcomers can easily find developers and users with overlapping experiences. People evaluating open vs closed ag software/hardware should find a thriving, engaged community which can make their work easier, faster, and better.
Aligning technology and actual users – Finding people to try, test, break, and give feedback on new technology is hard but critically important to making technology relevant and useful. By bringing users and developers together with open lines of communication, we can increase the utility of open technology in ag across the board.
Creating a GOAT Roadmap – If we collectively have a plan, then we can all contribute more effectively. Let’s reduce duplication of efforts, focus on common areas we all need, and put the effort of contributors into a broader context for funders so they can see the big picture.
In 2018, the first in-person Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology was organized in upstate New York, and with support from some key sponsors was able to pay for travel to bring people together from all over the country (and some international). A few other events took place, but the pandemic postponed the big event for the past few years. Now the 2022 In-Person GOAT is being planned for this coming October: GOAT 2022 – GOAT
While the farmOS community’s focus is on our specific software, we benefit greatly from supporting the larger ecosystem, and bringing people together to tackle challenges benefits everyone.
I propose that farmOS put $25 of it’s monthly budget towards supporting GOAT. (updated 2022-07-14 - see below)
I propose that farmOS contribute $500 to GOAT in order to sponsor one attendee for GOAT 2022.
Do you support funding this proposal?