Keynote: Beyond README.md (Room C1)
C1 | Tue 22 Jan | 9:10 a.m.–10 a.m.
Rory Aronson is the CEO of FarmBot Inc, a California benefit corporation that produces 100% open-source CNC farming machines designed for small-scale automated precision food production. Rory started the project from his sunny porch in San Luis Obispo with the publishing of the FarmBot whitepaper in September of 2013. From there, he formed a small team consisting of hardware and software engineers who brought the project to market in July of 2016 with the debut of FarmBot Genesis. After raising over $1,000,000 in pre-order sales in 2016, the team shipped their first units to customers in early 2017. Today, over 900 FarmBot kits have been delivered to customers all around the world, and the FarmBot community continues to grow.
We all understand the importance of the README.md file in open-source software. But what happens when you go beyond software and begin to document your hardware and your business model too? What could happen if you transformed your documentation from a file, to a product? In this talk, Rory Aronson tells the story of how FarmBot Inc is raising the bar of what it means to have great documentation, and why it is vital to his mission and vision.