Open Agriculture Initiative, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia

The MIT Open Agriculture Initiative brings together partners from industry, government, and academia to collaborate on the creation of an open-source ecosystem of technologies, such as the Food Computer, to enable and promote transparency, networked experimentation, education, and hyper-local production.

This residency exchange is centered around the building of a MVP 1.0 Food Computer at both Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Free Library of Philadelphia, with the help of the OpenAg community, to augment existing food and agriculture initiatives and activities at each library. The teams will provide feedback on the Food Computer build process and documentation, as well as a new suite of programming and tools for libraries to engage their communities in food and agriculture activities.

Interested in learning more about the Open Agriculture Initiative, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Free Library of Philadelphia residency exchange? Questions about how to get involved?

Exchange team members:

  • Paula Cerquiera, Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Hildreth England, Open Agriculture Initiative, MIT Media Lab
  • Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Akron-Summit Count Public Library
  • Stephanie Joliff, Akron-Summit Count Public Library
  • Patty Marsh, Akron-Summit Count Public Library
  • Monique Mason, Akron-Summit Count Public Library
  • Michele McNeal, Akron-Summit Count Public Library
  • Aurora Sanchez, Free Library of Philadelphia
  • Heather Sparks, Free Library of Philadelphia

Food Computer Builds