Two years of AgTech Hackathon has seen over 170 people accelerate their expertise in the primary industries, innovation and tech.
2017 Agtech Hackathon
In 2017 The Factory and Microsoft teamed up to create New Zealand’s first Agtech Hackathon. The event took place in the Manawatu and focussed on connecting farmers with technology experts, to creatively solve on-farm problems with innovative hardware and software.
Participants met on Friday night to pitch ideas and form teams of four to five, made up of both farmers and tech experts. Saturday had participants huddled around tables hacking up solutions at The Factory, with the help of mentors.
Teams pitched their solutions in a dragon’s den style event held at Central District Field Days. Smart Farm Solutions were crowned the winner of AgTech Hackathon 2017 taking away $1,000 cash!
2018 AgTech Hackathon
In 2018 AgTech Hackathon focussed on exploring one of the countries biggest environmental problems - water. The event once again took place at The Factory in Manawatu, with 40 passionate environmentalists coming together to work on solutions.
Six teams hacked up solutions over the weekend and pitched their solutions to a group of judges, who were: Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith, CEDA Chief Executive Linda Stewart, Massey Professor Ian Yule, water expert Stu Bradbury and local dairy farmer Kate Gwilliam.
The Mayor’s Innovation award, and $1,500 cash to further develop their idea, was awarded to InfoFarm - a platform for data storage and transmission, using blockchain technology.