GOAT 2019

GOAT 2019 is a 3 day gathering of diverse developers and users of open ag technology. APPLY HERE!


For the motivations behind GOAT, see the About GOAT page.

The second annual 2019 gathering will bring together the nascent open ag tech community to meet, learn, share, and establish a common vision for creating open technologies for our food system.


We are still planning GOAT 2019. Please check back in the next month for updates.

Applications close – TBD
Full program available – TBD
Conference – Fall 2019


The 2019 conference will be held in the US, location TBD.

Who should apply?

We are looking for anyone actively involved in developing and using open technologies in agriculture. Specifically, we are looking for developers (programmers, engineers, designers, etc.) and active users (practitioners, farmers, researchers, etc.) of technology. Technology is broadly defined, and includes both traditional hardware and software, but also mechanical tools (tractors, implements, etc.) and any domains relating to the creation of that hardware (intellectual property + open licenses, data management, model development, etc.)

While we are accepting applications from outside North America, we cannot provide financial support or assistance for complex visa applications. Be aware that you are responsible for paperwork related to getting to the US if accepted. We hope to make the conference more international in the future as we have more organizers and more funding.

What is the cost?

The conference itself is free if your application is accepted. We have limited funding for travel and lodging for those who cannot afford it. Specify your funding needs on the application form.

Can I get involved before the conference?

Yes! Go to the forum at forum.goatech.org and post your questions. You can also find discussions around GOAT and related groups in the open ag space, so definitely check it out.

If you have ideas or suggestions on programming (speakers, activities, nearby locations to visit, etc.) that you think are a great fit, please post about it! We are still actively setting the program and activities.

Who is organizing GOAT 2019?

The organizing committee for GOAT 2019 is:

Ankita Raturi, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Chris Rowe, Life Cycle Learning
Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association
David Forster, Bionutrient Food Association
Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue University
Don Blair, Edge Collective
Dorn Cox, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
Greg Austic, Our Sci
Juliet Norton, University of California, Irvine
Lindsay Barbieri, University of Vermont
Matthew Burton, NYU
Michael Stenta, farmOS
Mike Komp, Noble research Institute


If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring GOAT 2019, please contact: goatech.org@gmail.com.