Agri-Tech East is helping to stimulate innovation in agri-tech and to build a cluster of organisations across the value chain.
In addition to promoting funding opportunities, organising the REAP conference with its start-up showcase and hosting regular networking events on different subjects, Agri-Tech East also offers members dedicated knowledge-sharing events.
One of the initiatives to stimulate very early-stage businesses is GROW, the UK’s first business plan competition for agri-tech. After three successful years (2015, 2016, 2017) it was decided to try a different format so in 2018 Agri-Tech East hosted a hackathon which was so popular that a second was held in July 2019.
The idea of the hackathon was to present a number of intractable agri-food challenges to a group of people with skills gained from other industries. Together they work on the challenges over a weekend and present their ideas to a panel of judges on the last day. The two hackathons produced fresh ideas and approaches and a number are now being considered by industry partners.
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48 hours to save the world!
Changes to the UK climate will impact our ability to produce food – predictions include periods of too much or too little water, increasing average and extreme temperatures, and sea level rise.
However with the right approaches and technologies there is an opportunity to mitigate these impacts and to embrace the change.
If constraints such as water availability and soil fertility are managed, agriculture and forestry may be able to increase production with warmer weather and longer growing seasons. Offering adaptation-related goods and services may provide economic opportunities for UK businesses in global markets.
Necessity is the mother of invention – so our second Hackathon called on you to rise to the biggest challenge and think about solutions.
Ideas can change the world …for the better
At our first Hackathon we gave participants a couple of days to feed the world.
Solutions emerged for improved use of big data in agriculture, unexpected innovations for vertical farming, and the winner, deployment of gaming technologies to identify weeds in the field. Several of these concepts are now being progressed.