Pivoting around a global pandemic, the fourth annual AgTech Hackathon team is once again seeking ambitious problem solvers to ideate solutions to five Primary Industry challenges - albeit from their bubble.
Originally planned to be the last weekend of March as an active part of NZ Agrifood Week, the event was postponed due to Covid-19. True to creative and tech roots, the Hackathon is determined to go ahead but with a twist.
Introducing AgTech Hackathon Lite.
The challenge runs until 28th April, with participants choosing one of our five Primary Industry challenges and entering a viable solution to potentially solve that challenge. One solution from every challenge will be chosen for our judges to choose an overall winner. The winner will receive $1,000 while the other top four will walk away with $250.
Participants are invited to enter as individuals, with friends, or join up with people online from all around Aotearoa to explore the challenges, research, and brainstorm solutions in an ideation process, before finally entering their solution by the deadline.
As with past AgTech Hackathons, we will be utilising our specialist mentors to support participants with the challenge by listening to ideas, giving feedback, answering any questions and giving sector insight, allowing participants to form a solution.
AgTech Hackathon over all winner receives: $1,000 cash, The Factory’s start up support (3 months) and an Amazon Echo device.
AgTech Hackathon top four winners receive: $250 each
All entries will be reviewed March 29th – 30th for two stages of judging. Challenge mentors will review all entries and choose a top entry from each challenge to become semi-finalists. The AgTech Hackathon judges will then determine an overall winner based on the judging criteria below.
How do I present my solution?
Present your solution using the Amazon Web Services ‘working backwards’ method we learned in our LIVE Ideation session. We thought this would be a great skill to learn for the AgTech Hackathon Solution Challenge and future solutions you develop. If you missed it, you’ll see it linked below.
The ‘working backwards’ method is an in depth process used by Amazon Web Services in real life, your entry does not need to be the exact level of detail explained in the video. Do the best with what you have! Answer the criteria as best as possible and enter your solution before the deadline. You never know what can happen for you from there!
Please note, you need to submit a written document and a video. The written document counts for 80% of your score and the video is 20% of your score and you must have a video to be judged.
Scott mentions a storyboard in the video. In your entry, you will use video to show and/or explain your problem and solution, you do not need a storyboard but can include one if it supports your entry.
Entries are open to people living in New Zealand only
All entries must be made in English
All submission form fields must be completed
Video's are to be no longer than 3 minutes in length - Anything over 3 minutes will not be judged.
All entries that meet these minimum eligibility requirements will then be scored accordingly: Written 80% and video 20%
Clear description of the problem, how it is solved today
Clearly specifies what the problem costs the customer
Clearly articulates how the solution solves the problem
Clear description of how the customer/end user would use the solution and integrate it into their business/life
Elevator pitch - clearly and succinctly explain the problem and solution. Must include founder/team introduction with short context to their background/experience.
With a deft pivot around a global pandemic, the fourth annual AgTech Hackathon successfully completed its first ‘AgTech Hackathon Lite’ - a virtual version of our popular annual event.
Proving innovation doesn’t quit in the face of a nationwide lockdown,Beta Team - a Manawatu based team, took out the challenge as overall winner with their solution to Zespri International's challenge. The team developed Bugkilla, an all-in-one product which attracts, monitors and eradicates BMSB and provides real-time monitoring and eradication of bug infestations for fruit growers and horticulturists.
Congratulations to Beta Team and thank you to YOU for being involved in our first digital AgTech Hackathon Lite. We hope you enjoyed your experienced and we look forward to continuing work with this community of innovative thinkers.
Please share this news with your friends, family and networks, we know they would love to hear how you spent some of your lockdown participating in AgTech Hackathon.
We're excited to share with you the top four finalists chosen by our challenge mentors. Mentors were impressed with the high caliber of entries and comment you for your hard work.
Here are the Top Four Finalists
Challenge one - Dairy: FINDA - Connecting consumers to farmers (Waikato team) Connecting consumers to farm data, differentiating products and sharing NZ's story. Harnessing the benefits of B2C and simple supply chains.
Challenge two - Horticulture: Bugkilla - Attracts, Monitors and Eradicates BMSB (Manawatu team) An all-in-one product which provides real-time monitoring and eradication of bug infestations for fruit growers and horticulturalists.
Challenge four - Forestry: Geo-Pine: With Pine-Point Accuracy (Waikato) A risk-based mapping tool; calculating slash accumulation & risk zoning potential slash pile location to advise contractors on best practice.
Challenge five - Connected farm: Minimize Leaching Through ultra-Precise Irrigation (Wellington) Minimizing leaching and runoff with ultra-precise irrigation aided by farm sensors and detection of cow urine patches using drone imagery.
Our judges are choosing scoring the top four finalists entries today and we will announce the overall winner tomorrow!
Good luck to our top four and thank you to everyone who entered.
Also, a massive thank you to our partners for their support, we could not do this without you!
If you're still finalising and preparing your entry, you have exactly 8 hours left to complete it!
Here's a Tip: HeroX recommends innovators plan to submit with at least a 3-hour window of time before the true deadline. Last-minute technical problems and unforeseen roadblocks have been the cause of many headaches. Don't let that be you! Try to enter your solution by 2pm today.