Agri-tech hackathon seeks solutions to Covid’s impact on farming

Registration is now open for an agri-tech hackathon aimed at developing technological solutions to problems posed by Covid-19.

The hackathon will focus on the horticulture and livestock/veterinary sectors.

For horticulture, participating teams of up to six people will be challenged to explore solutions around the shortage of labour supply for field operations. They will have the 12-hour duration of the hackathon, on 23 and 24 September 2020, to come up with proposed technical solutions.

Winners will become the focus of a year-long ‘product launch programme’ delivered by Agri-EPI. They will have access to Agri-EPI’s technical and project management expertise, world-class research and innovation facilities, testbeds and research assets, and an extensive network, including more than 120 companies across agriculture, technology and the supply chain.

Agri-EPI Business Development Director Lisa Williams said: “We invite any businesses, organisations and academic institutions with an involvement or interest in agri-tech to take part in what promises to be a really exciting event, with the aim of delivering new products that address some of the serious impacts of Coronavirus on the farming industry. Collaboration is key to innovation and we look forward to working with the participating teams, and the winners, to develop new ideas.”

The Challenge partners for the horticulture hackathon are Bardsley, Grimme, NFU and Knowledge Transfer Network. If you want to take part, don’t delay as registration for the hackathon, which is supported by the European Horizon 2020 project Smart AgriHubs, is only open until 8th September.

To find out more and register, visit https://agri-epicentre.com/hackathon-2020/

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