Over the past two weeks, submissions for Water Problem statements have been flooding through. The response we've had from the community has been overwhelming with a wide range of problems around water coming in. As the competition for Water Problems comes to a close we look to opening registrations for AgTech Hackathon Manawatu 2018.
With that in mind we speak to Damian Buckley who took part in AgTech Hackathon last year in the team Eff-Go. Eff-Go are now in the technical development stages of their idea with a team of scientists and engineers looking to produce technical drawings, model the theory and design the prototype. They are also discussing capital requirements, funding models and setting up the commercial business plan.
Here's what Damian had to say about his AgTech Hackathon experience.
What did you expect going into AgTech Hackathon 2017?
We expected to be able to focus for a weekend on fleshing out an existing idea into a first tangible plan, without disturbance and interruption from the outside world! We expected BCC to provide a creative, energised environment in which we could play freely. We also believed that BCC would provide a support structure by setting expectations, giving participants guidance and encouraging momentum.
What was your AgTech Hackathon experience like in comparison to your expectation?
We were very happy with the experience. We responded to the challenges laid out before us by BCC mentors. We enjoyed working with focus on our project and also contributing to the regular updates we were expected to give to the Hackathon cohort. We enjoyed being immersed in the energised environment.
What was the best part of AgTech Hackathon for you?
The access to farmers and business mentors who were invited to attend and talk to us. We could discuss the business opportunity with potential customers, test hypotheses and gain feedback in confidence. We also loved the great food and the coffee!
What was your key takeaway from your AgTech Hackathon experience?
We got great value from the interactions with the guest farmers. The feedback on our idea was invaluable, one of them is a business partner now!