Here you’ll find a list of HAPI-relat­ed com­mon­ly asked ques­tions and their answers.

If you can’t find an answer to your par­tic­u­lar ques­tions, please use our Con­tact Page to let us know.

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Our pur­pose is to devel­op a suite of tools that will allow peo­ple to grow a vari­ety of food in diverse envi­ron­ments. Our pri­ma­ry focus is on build­ing intel­li­gent automa­tion for hydro­pon­ics and aquapon­ics. Imag­ine sys­tems in your garage, base­ment or local com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter that can churn out straw­ber­ries and kale, year-round with min­i­mal exper­tise, expense and effort. That’s what we’re shoot­ing for

Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

Any­one con­cerned with food security.

The project is focused on expand­ing the capa­bil­i­ty for peo­ple to grow food any­where. In the desert, in the arc­tic, in Ohio, in Dubai, in Tanzania.

Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

The HAPI project is an open col­lab­o­ra­tion. It is led by Tyler Reed through his com­pa­ny Maya Cul­pa, but every­one is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate. The Intel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty cre­at­ed through our efforts is copy­right­ed by Maya Cul­pa and then released under Open Source licens­es. Check this page for details about Open Source.


Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

We’ve pri­mar­i­ly been focused on build­ing automa­tion tools for hydro­pon­ics and aquapon­ics. The goal for the automa­tion effort is to help fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties get high­er yields and bet­ter qual­i­ty food with less cost and effort.

We are also build­ing tools that will help com­mu­ni­ties break through geo­graph­i­cal chal­lenges. For instance, we’ve designed a low-cost, mul­ti-stage water fil­tra­tion sys­tem that will help grow­ers chal­lenged with a scarci­ty of clean water. We’ve also designed a solar ther­mal air heater that will reduce the ener­gy require­ments of food grow­ing facilities.

Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

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Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

It’s sim­ple right, we plant a seed, nature grows the seed, we eat the seed.

How farm­ing works (sim­pli­fied version):

That’s a fine plan unless we want to grow food more dense­ly than nature typ­i­cal­ly allows, or in a sea­son when nature isn’t so friend­ly. Or if we want to grow crops that can’t be nat­u­ral­ly grown in our spe­cif­ic loca­tion because it’s too hot, too cold, not enough rain, too much rain etc.

We can use tech­nol­o­gy to cre­ate ide­al envi­ron­ments for grow­ing crops. We can pro­vide just the right amount and col­or of light and the per­fect amount of water and nutri­ents. We can stack hydro­pon­ic plat­forms ver­ti­cal­ly in order to expo­nen­tial­ly increase the amount of food we can grow in a square foot. We can use tech­nol­o­gy to cre­ate envi­ron­ments that allow us to pro­duce food year-round.

Cat­e­go­ry: Project Vision

The HAPI project is focused on using Open tech­nolo­gies, mean­ing we build our tech­nol­o­gy on top of hard­ware and soft­ware that is Open Source. These cur­rent­ly include Arduino and Rasp­ber­ry Pi hard­ware, along with the Lin­ux oper­at­ing sys­tem, the SQLite data­base sys­tem, the Python pro­gram­ming lan­guage, the git ver­sion con­trol sys­tem and Kan­board project man­age­ment software.

While there are pro­pri­etary tech­nolo­gies (some sen­sors for exam­ple) sup­port­ed by the HAPI tech­nol­o­gy stack, we try to keep this to a minimum.

Cat­e­go­ry: Tech­ni­cal








HAPI (Hydro­ponic Automa­tion Plat­form Ini­tia­tive) is an open-source project of Maya Cul­pa, LLC.