Over the last 3 years of collaboration, OpenTEAM has collectively designed the functional core and framework for transparency in our agricultural system and laid the groundwork to accelerate future development of a technology ecosystem that is responsive to the needs of end users. This framework is not theoretical—it is built and actively used by a diverse global network of farms, ranches and other organizations.
This past year, we grew the OpenTEAM community—reaching 250 active skilled professionals in their field from over 45 organizations across the globe. We have expanded our capacity by developing new approaches to collaboration, integrated an equity lens into our work, advanced our internship program, and strengthened support for our Hub & Network farms and ranches. Our deeper co-working sessions have vitalized diverse communities of practice such as our Technology, Hub & Network, and Human Centered Design teams, leading to the development of the OpenTEAM Collabathon series. These series focus on particular workstreams with collaborative sprints toward long range shared goals and expand our community’s capacity to dive deeper into building an open global technological ecosystem for agriculture. Through this work, we are working to equip future food systems leaders to generate a new way of approaching agriculture and regenerative farming systems.
In 2022, we are further developing the community by strengthening our network and community and supporting the growing number of Hub & Network farms and ranches. We continue to invest in long-term projects like a digital coffeeshop by Our Sci, a social coordination platform for regenerative agriculture communities with Hylo and Terran Collective, an ag data wallet concept for land stewards to manage, share and control their data, and an API switchboard to facilitate interoperability in the OpenTEAM ecosystem across diverse use cases. By creating feedback mechanisms, providing training on tools and adding additional capacity, we hope to create stronger systems of support and bridge the gaps farmers and ranchers currently face within the OpenTEAM technology ecosystem.