Viticulture innovation rocks Silicon Valley
Our precision viticulture technology finished eighth out of the the 20 000 competitors participating in Intel’s prestigious Global Challenge competition.
California reminds most of us of the high-tech environment in Silicon Valley, Hollywood films and high quality wine. Not many people know however that Californian wine tradition can be traced back to a Hungarian emigrant in the 19th century named Agoston Haraszthy. This draws interesting parallels with our viticulture system’s success in the finals of the Intel Global Challenge in San Francisco.
It was a long road until the finals, as we first had to perform well in the software giant’s European finals. Out of 4000 teams we were awarded 3rd place, qualifying for the finals in Silicon Valley. There we competed with 25 teams from all over the world.
The four day finals took place between the 3rd and 6th of November and were more than a simple competition: All participating entrepreneurs had the opportunity to take part in numerous professional activities. For example, we visited Stanford University, met top tech executives and consulted with experienced business mentors. The finals took place in Berkeley University, where teams presented in front of venture capitalists. SmartVineyard’s precision viticulture innovation was recognized by the jury to warrant a place in the top eight.
Comment: “If Hungarians could do so much for California in terms of wine, we hope that in the near future we can do just as much for grape protection”.