Ryerson student’s green roof farming company looking up https://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/02/18/student-to-revolutionize-urban-farming.html
His budding company, Farmium, depends on technology to design, install and maintain automated green roofs. Through the use of machines programmed with precise algorithms and using wireless nodes, home and building owners can make growing food on pretty much any roof possible — not to mention easier.
Hopefully this management student figures out that the usefulness of his algorithms to optimize food growth is limited when they’re proprietary.
The network effects of reduced pollution are only possible when the cost of implementing roof top growing is as close to zero as possible, which means making all the code free software. Free as in freedom not just free as in beer.
Instead of looking at users of his tech as customers he should see them as collaborators who may provide more help in the future whether it’s through coding or just through providing data or reporting inefficiencies.