Farmers join forces with geeks in Manawatu Hackathon

Putting computer "geeks" and farmers in the same room might see sparks fly and hopefully solve technical farm issues, say Federated Farmers.

A hackathon will combine the two groups, including on a farm next month, in an initiative by Manawatu's Federated Farmers and the Building Clever Companies (BCC).

Federated farmers Manawatu/Rangitikei dairy chairman, Mat Hockensaid farmers would find new technology developed by the "techies" useful.