AgTech Hackathon could not be done without the ongoing support from the local communities involvement. We tribute the success of AgTech Hackathon to the networks in the room guiding, sound boarding and supporting the contestants. Below are some of the key people we'd like to thank for their contonious support.



Mat Hocken is a 4th generation family farmer from the Manawatu. He completed a Nuffield international scholarship in 2018 focussing on innovation in agriculture. His research report will be released in April 2018. His international travels drew attention to the challenges facing the agriculture and food industry, as well as the exciting innovations being developed to meet these challenges. His aim is to inspire a new generation of farmers and growers to engage in innovative platforms to solve the challenges and prepare agriculture for a successful future. Mat farms 1,000 dairy cows with his family in Colyton. He was previously Federated Farmers Dairy Chair, Manawatu-Rangitikei. He studied law and commerce at Canterbury University, NZ and was admitted to the Bar as a barrister and solicitor. Following his undergraduate studies Mat completed a Masters at Cambridge University, UK in politics.



James has a passion for the land and the region of the Manawatu. With a farming business close to Palmerston north, a background in tourism and also farming politics as former Federated Farmers Provincial President James is well versed in all things agri and agri-tech.

James sits on the advisory board of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and through Accelerate 25 has championed the region as being an agri-tech hub through the likes of Microsoft.