Connecting Smart Farmers with Smart Solutions



What's a hackathon?


AgTech Hackathon: Manawatu connects smart farmers with smarter on-farm solutions. Collaboratively founded by Microsoft, BCC, Manawatu-Rangitikei Federated Farmers, Accelerate 25, Future Institutes and New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week, the Hackathon will enable our farming community to present everyday on-farm opportunities and challenges to technology experts, who can then creatively solve these problems drawing on their hardware and software programming skills.

The identified on-farm opportunities and challenges will be made public on February 24th. Teams will be formed and work will begin on solutions from March 11th. Teams will continue to work on their solution during the New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week with final pitches held at Central Districts Field Days on March 17th. 

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 also enable a connection and conversation between our rural and urban communities. 

Hackathon Photos | DAY ONE


Dragon's Den Final | ASB Innovation Zone, CD Field Days

And the winner is...


schedule of events

10 March

Join the Microsoft DX Team at The Factory for a full days technical training and become familiar with the technology that could be used during the Hackathon.  SOLD OUT.

11 March

AgTech Hackathon Manawatu kicks off! Hosted at The Factory, attendants will learn about the day, form teams and tackle the issues of the day. Teams will work together in a "pressure-cooker" situation to validate their ideas and form the foundations of a business and business model. Coders will be on the other side of the table, crafting their magic.  SOLD OUT.

12 March

Day two of the AgTech Hackathon Manawatu will see teams working on prototypes while engaging with mentors, farmers and industry experts.  Kicking off early and ending late, day two promises a lot of surprises as well as lots of caffeine!  SOLD OUT.

13 March

The official launch of AgTech Hackathon: Manawatu will be held at on farm at Stewart Dairylands. The event will bring together all Hackathon partners and will be launched by Minister Nathan Guy. All teams will provide one representative to give an initial 60 second pitch of their business model. 

14 & 16 March

These two nights allow teams to practice their pitch and refine their business model while finalising any last minute product enhancements. These two nights are crucial to get the teams ready for pitch day, the 17th of March.

17 March

Dragon's Den time! Teams will pitch their final ideas/products to a team of judges to close out Central Districts Field Days. Support the teams from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at CD Field Days in the ASB Innovation Zone.

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