Agri-Tech Hackathon – 36 hours to save the world!
July 6 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm
Climate change has been described as the biggest challenge facing world – our next Hackathon is calling on you to be part of the solution.
Agri-food production is highly vulnerable to variations in weather patterns, particularly temperature change and pressure on water resources.
Agriculture itself also has a major impact on environmental degradation. Growing a limited range of crops, year after year, has exhausted the soil and heavy machinery damaged its structure and intensive livestock rearing is contributing to methane production.
In the West we have also exported our problems. Growing soya, quinoa and palm oil in areas of high biodiversity have devastated these invaluable habitats. Demanding year around vegetables and flowers results in water extraction and salinization of soil.
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
As before, we’ll be welcoming people from all disciplines, including software developers, electronics engineers, plant and animal biologists, physicists, farmers, vets, physicists and industry professionals to get together and tackle the issues.
The challenges are still being developed but the broad themes include:
- minimising nutrient losses from soils
- improving water management
- reducing greenhouse gases.
We will be working together in a 36 hour “sprint” to find workable solutions for the industry to adopt.
We need you
Attendance is free and you don’t have to be a member of Agri-Tech East to participate – so save the date!
We’ll be hacking over the weekend of July 6-7th at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge.