Connecting Smart Farmers with Smart Solutions to hack one of New Zealand's

biggest environmental issues, water.


What's a hackathon?

AgTech Hackathon: Manawatu presented by CEDA and powered by Microsoft, Accelerate25 and BCC connects smart farmers with smarter on-farm solutions. The Hackathon will enable our farming community to present on-farm opportunities and challenges to technology experts, who can then creatively solve these problems drawing on their hardware and software programming skills together with corporates who use their business experience to bring teams together integrating the bigger picture into their solution.

This year Mat Hocken and James Stewart will open a challenge to the local community during New Zealand AgriFood Week, identifying problem statements in their day to day lives. Problems are to be chosen by Mat and James and announced mid-April allowing participants to begin working on solutions before the competition begins. Teams will form, and work will begin on solutions from May 3rd. Over two days teams will be put to the test where they hack away at their solution, ready to present at Dragons Den on May 5th. 

Successful solutions will lead to business opportunities and the products could ultimately end up in market helping to make farmers work more efficiently all around the world. AgTech Hackathon is designed to not only help solve problems, but enable a connection and conversation between our rural and urban communities.


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