Christian Barra


Christian Barra used to hack video game consoles to make money during his teenage-hood, he then dropped out of the Catholic University of Milan to start a company about renewable energies.

Few years fast forward he is now a Senior Software Engineer, Tech Lead and speaker living in Berlin where he works at infarm, an agritech company delivering farming as a service. His focus is on microservices, DevOps and data engineering.

He is an active member of the tech community in Berlin, chair of PyCon DE 2019 and a Python Software Foundation Fellow.

You can follow his rants on twitter @christianbarra.



Software is feeding the World (2019)

Infarm is a FaaS, Farming as a Service, and whether you believe it or not, our business is in-house farming at scale, vertical farming.

You can check this video to see what we do

We design, build our farms, grow vegetables and sell them, using different programming languages and the backbone of our infrastructure is written in Python.

More than 10 million observations are recorded from our farms, feeding our farm management system that allows operators, plant scientists, and supervisors to monitor each farm in real-time.

During this talk, I will briefly introduce the world's problems we are trying to resolve at infarm and then talk about our IoT farms, infrastructure, how we use Python and how we plan to improve the capabilities of our farms by adding edge machine learning.