A regional hack-athon focusing on “ICT 4 Agriculture” or “ICT4Ag” solutions is set to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from November 4 – 8, 2013. The hack-thon has been planned as one of the key activities to run in parallel to the conference organised by the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI.
The conference will examine how ICTs are empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain and will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area.
The ICT4Ag conference – which aims to promote the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development – will showcase the potentials of ICT applications in agriculture and support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture, especially by the youth.
Private and public sector run innovation entrepreneurship hubs/communities are invited to express interest in being partners nominating and supporting teams to the finals ofthe regional competition. The event is a pilot experience and focuses only on Eastern Africa region.
The regional Agri-Hack Championship will start with selection events at different Eastern Africa Tech hubs and related institutions to identify representatives to the finals. From here, up to 12 Tech hubs will be selected to organise hackathons or other selection events to nominate participating teams before the finals in Kigali during the ICT4Ag conference.
Teams in the championship will compete for seed grants amounting to EUR 5,000, EUR 4,000 and EUR 3,000 for the first, second and third overall positions respectively. The hubs nominating the three winning teams will also receive a EUR 3,000 grant to undertake post competition incubation and business support to the winning teams for a period of 6 months. Interventions provided during the incubation period will include support to finalise development of winning solutions.
At the regional finals, teams will receive coaching, mentorship and valuable feedback from players in the ICT and agriculture sector attending the ICT4Ag conference. This is in addition to time allocated for further development and refinement of their solutions. The finalists will also have the chance to network and establish key industry connections with participants of the weeklong conference.