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RoboCrops is a key event that seeks to accelerate the development of 
robotics in greenhouse horticulture with hackathons, presentations and 
matchmaking. The global leaders in the field of robotics in this sector 
will be gathering in the Netherlands on 23 and 24 April for the first 
edition.

The annual event brings high-tech companies and universities together 
with growers and investors in the Westland and Delft. Professionals and 
students will be challenged to the limit in the extensive programme 
packed with hackathons, informative sessions and matchmaking which are 
taking place simultaneously at World Horti Center Naaldwijk and 
RoboHouse/TU Delft.

Accelerating robotics


The aim of RoboCrops is to speed up the 
development of robotics in greenhouse horticulture. RoboCrops therefore 
focuses on both the hardware – sensors, robot arms, grippers, autonomous 
vehicles – and the decision-supporting software required to control the 
robots.



Robots or robot components can be classified into three areas during 
RoboCrops. These are “Sense” (sensors with which the robot observes the 
environment), “Think” (processing the data from sensors, often using 
Artificial Intelligence/Augmented Reality) and “Act” (performing an 
action, such as cutting leaves or picking vegetables or cut flowers).



Growers, tech companies and students
Growers can attend a programme at 
World Horti Center on 23 April which will provide them with an extensive 
and in-depth presentation of the latest developments in robotics for 
greenhouse horticulture. Tech companies and universities will be able to 
demonstrate what the technical possibilities and challenges are on 24 
April.

On both days students will be working in RoboHouse in Delft during a 
major hackathon organised by TU Delft and WUR.
During that hackathon 
they will apply their expertise to various challenges, and thereby help 
accelerate developments in the field of robotics. On 24 April they will 
be pitching their hacks to a professional jury at World Horti Center. 
The programme also provides opportunities for matchmaking between 
various parties.



Initiative
RoboCrops is an initiative by InnovationQuarter, Province of 
Zuid-Holland, World Horti Center, TU Delft, Greenport West-Holland and 
RoboHouse Delft.