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Agri-Tech Hackathon – 48 hours to save the world!

July 6 @ 8:00 am - July 7 @ 5:00 pm

Hackathon

Agri-Tech Hackathon – 48 hours to save the world!

The hackathon last year produced some viable business concepts and new approaches. Solutions emerged for improved use of big data in agriculture, unexpected innovations for vertical farming, and – the winner – the deployment of gaming technologies to identify weeds in the field. Several of these concepts are now being progressed commercially.

In 30-60 years we could lose all the fertile peat topsoil from East Anglia[1] ­ ‘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 6-8 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

The challenges are still being developed but the broad themes include:

  • minimising nutrient losses from soil – agriculture 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 resilience to extreme weather events.
  • improving water management – demanding year around vegetables and flowers results in excessive water extraction and salinization of soil in some areas.
  • reducing greenhouse gases – intensive livestock rearing is contributing to methane production and degradation of peat soils and other carbon sinks have reduced the ability of the environment to sequester atmospheric carbon.
  • boosting biodiversity – In the West we have exported our problems. Growing soya, quinoa and palm oil in areas of high biodiversity have devastated these invaluable habitats. Most of our food crops come from just a few species.

We need you

Attendance is free and you don’t have to be a member of Agri-Tech East to participate – what are you waiting for?

The agri-hackathon will kick off with a networking reception, where industry experts will frame the challenges and participants will form teams. Resources such as data and specialist equipment are being volunteered by Agri-Tech East members, and the event will culminate in pitches of the resulting ideas on the Sunday, 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)

 

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When
July 5th, 2019 5:00 PM   through   July 7th, 2019 3:00 PM
Location
Future Business Centre
King’s Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY
United Kingdom
Contact
Phone: 01223 760135
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Start:
July 6 @ 8:00 am
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July 7 @ 5:00 pm
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Organiser

Agri-Tech East
Website:
agritech-east.co.uk

Venue

Future Business Centre
Kings Hedges Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 2HY United Kingdom
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