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Agri-Tech Hackathon – 48 hours to save the world!
July 6 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm
In 30-60 years we could lose all the fertile peat topsoil from East Anglia ‘the food basket of the UK’ – given current land management practices and a changing climate. Soils also play a key role in absorbing carbon and filtering water, so it is vital we break this vicious circle. To encourage new thinking Agri-Tech East is launching an agri-hackathon with the challenge of 48 hours to save the world.
Necessity is the mother of invention – so our next Hackathon is calling 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.
Many perspectives needed
The GROW agri-hackathon is supported by Barclay’s Eagle Labs and BASF and will take place over the weekend of 5-7 July 2019 at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge. It aims to bring together teams of smart thinkers with various backgrounds and skill sets to look at some of agriculture’s biggest challenges from a fresh perspective.
As before, we’ll be welcoming people from all disciplines, including software developers, electronics engineers, plant and animal biologists, physicists, farmers, vets, and industry professionals to get together and tackle the issues.We'll be providing access to hardware and data for teams to make use of over the weekend.
The challenges are still being developed but the broad themes include:
- Maximising soil productivity – how can we improve soil health, ensure a healthy soil structure and maximise nutrition whilst minimising soil loss? There are benefits in soil management techniques such as soil rotation and precision application, among others.
- Improving water use efficiency – how can water management be improved through means such as smart irrigation practices, and are there effective and sustainable means of improving soil’s ability to hold water?
- Reducing greenhouse gases –intensive livestock rearing is contributing to methane production, whilst degradation of peat soils and other carbon sinks have reduced opportunities to sequester carbon, but there could be opportunities to create other carbon sinks and manage methane emissions.
- Boosting biodiversity – there is increasing pressure worldwide on biodiversity from a range of sources. We need to find ways to protect important habitats, and find smart ways to support biodiversity under pressure through providing targeted resources.
We need you
Attendance is free and you don’t have to be a member of Agri-Tech East to participate, but places are limited - so make sure you sign up in good time!
The weekend will work as follows:
Friday 5th July – An evening reception for participants to network and enable team creation for individuals (optional).
Saturday 6th July – industry experts will frame the challenges and participants will form teams and choose their challenge. Resources such as data and specialist equipment are being volunteered by Agri-Tech East members
Sunday 7th July – the day will culminate in pitches of the resulting ideas, judged by a panel of experts.
This event is free to all to attend but you will need to register; sign up using the Book Now button. (Timings are currently estimates)
Please note by registering you are committing to the whole weekend (6th/7th July) with Friday network evening optional. Unfortunately places cannot be allocated to anyone not able to commit due to limited space.
King’s Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY