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April 7 - 8

Google Launchpad – San Francisco

What is the 'Internet of Cows'?

The Internet of Cows is an initiative led by BovControl to connect every cow on the planet to the cloud, improving data collection throughout the cattle production value chain, and thereby improving production and efficiency of the whole cattle industry.

This 4th edition of the Internet of Cows is powered by BovControl in partnership with Silicon Valley Forum and Google Launchpad as part of the Seeds of the Future Week held by Silicon Valley Forum.


Friday (April 7th)

05:00 PM

Registration + Dinner

06:00 PM

Intro + Challenges

07:00 PM

Getting into teams

08:00 - 10:00 PM


Saturday (April 8th)

08:00 AM

Breakfasst + Hacking

12:00 PM


05:00 PM


07:00 - 08:00 PM

Food + Drinks


What is the goal of this hackathon?

BovControl will be engaging and hosting other hackathons with many of our industry partners. This events will focus on connecting the dots between existing technologies and new innovations both within and outside of the cattle industry.

What are we hacking?

The bottom line is that in order to increase efficiency and production, we need more data on cattle, cattle producers, and their land. Right now, data is primarily being collected by using pen and paper, and in some cases RFID technology and newer types of sensors.

Unsurprisingly, these methods aren’t cutting it. The cattle industry is in dire need of a new sensor for cattle management…a new ‘wearable for cows’. This, my friends, is what we are hacking.

What kind of product requirements are we talking about?

The PR doc is a list that we would like to leave a bit open to foster creativity and imagination. However, we will say that the industry is concerned with animal health, early detection of illness and ovulation, geo-location, finding the right moment to buy and sell, and finding the best suppliers and customers. I will let you all brainstorm and will be happy to provide guidelines along the way.

Who should join the hackathon?

Entrepreneurs, designers, developers, project managers and farmers are more than welcome to participate. Not a professional software developer? No worries, we'll make sure to have a skilled software developer in your team if you need.

Where is the event?

Google Launchpad – 301 Howard St. 4th Floor – San Francisco, CA