IA Pitcher’s Mound

Deadline for IA Pitcher’s Mound ideas extended to Sept. 27!

Thursday, Nov. 9, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come and watch irrigation inventors and entrepreneurs pitch their ideas hoping to hit a home run with the judges.

Back by popular demand is the IA Pitcher’s Mound, an event modeled after ABC’s popular reality TV show “Shark Tank” that is meant to provide an avenue to help inventors, entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the irrigation arena bring new products to market.

After offering a 10-minute pitch and answering questions, each entrepreneur waits for the call from the “umpires” on whether the product is a “strikeout,” “base hit,” or “home run.” Irrigation Show attendees are invited to watch at Back Stage on the show floor.

The 2016 Pitcher’s Mound introduced an array of new irrigation product and technology ideas. Come and see what the 2017 “pitchers” bring to the show.

Eligible products must meet the following criteria:

  • The product does not qualify to be in the new product contest, and it has not been available in the marketplace for purchase prior to Sept. 30, 2017.
  • The product does exist as a beta model or is not in beta testing.
  • Presenter must have the rights to promote, sell and represent the product.

Interested in being on the IA Pitcher's Mound? Submit your application to Tiffany Wilson at tiffanywilson@irrigation.org today!​

The deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, September 27!

2017 Pitchers

Waldo Moraga

Ian Woodward-Smith
Control by Sprinkl.io LLC

 Jaime Bayona
Emitter Flow Gauge by Smart Irrigation Consulting LLC

Carlos Pujadas 
Subsurface Irrigation Grid by Dancar Industries LLC

Kevin McClain
Storm Water Interceptor by Southside Landscaping 

2016 Pitchers

1st Pitcher – Jeff Moskal
Evaluator Pro*
A smartphone/tablet app specific for landscape and irrigation companies. Create PDF proposals within seconds using irrigation-specific dropdown menus to generate proposals.
Has hundreds of industry-related product specification sheets, training materials, etc. Eliminates clipboards and paper invoices.

2nd Pitcher – Bret Berry & Bert Sacket
H2O Flow Pro* 
Wireless “smart” flow monitoring system allows for real-time monitoring of water flow. This system learns the flow rate and can communicate with a controller interface to suspend irrigation for any station where excess flow is detected. Will send email to log event when station has been shut down.

3rd Pitcher – Bill Hurst
ValveCommander by Colt Irrigation, LLC
World’s first AC latching solenoid that can operate from 24 to 120 volts. For center pivot machines, it saves wire and energy and enables variable rate control.

4th Pitcher – Rick Hansen
AirWave by Aptiome, LLC
Plant/flower bed multi-nozzle device that replaces/retrofits traditional nozzles on pop-up spray head bodies or fixed riser. Allows for easy directional application of water where needed.

5th Pitcher – Jim Etro
Hawk-Eye Systems by ItriCorp 
A visual and thermal-image data collection system that measures and highlights crop stress and creates indexes to communicate crop stress and water need. A fully autonomous, 24/7, system that can interface with irrigation equipment and communicates via text messaging with the crop manager field conditions that need attention.

6th Pitcher – Thomas Deane
Drip Decoupling Tool by LucyCo
A new, patent-pending tool that can easily remove drip tubing from compression-type fittings reducing labor and allowing the fittings to be reused.

*For Evaluator Pro and H2O Flow Pro, the product name and company name are the same.

“Shark Tank” success story to appear at 2017 Irrigation Show & Education Conference

NEW! The 2017 IA Pitcher’s Mound will include a special guest appearance from former “Shark Tank” success story and creator of the infamous tree T-PEE®, Johnny Georges. Georges will speak about his experiences on the show and how pitching his product idea changed his life.

The tree T-PEE® was created by Johnny Georges, an Arcadia, Florida entrepreneur and inventor. Georges has spent his entire life around citrus growers and knows the industry well. His passion is to help the industry and to provide a water conservation solution.

The tree T-PEE® serves several objectives. The cone-shaped tree guard, made of recycled plastic is positioned at the base of young trees. The product, which has been on the market since 1986, has been getting considerable notice now that the need to conserve water is so critical. University of Florida research shows that it helps save water, reduces fuel and fertilizer costs and helps increase growth by promoting root growth.

In 2013, Georges pitched his product on ABC’s Shark Tank and ‘got a deal’ with entrepreneur, philanthropist and environmentalist John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila. The partners are working on taking the T-PEE® worldwide with the mission to save water and make a difference in the agricultural industry one tree at a time.