AgHack Hackathon is open for registration

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The AgHack hackathon takes place from 27 to 29 July to bring “real, data-backed, challenges to the Perth community.”

Awards including a $5,000 cash prize from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), and a $500 cash prize plus membership to Bloom Labs are on offer for the second annual Ministry of Data (AgHack) hackathon at the end of next month.

The event is open to developers, startups, entrepreneurs, data aficionados and business analytics.

The purpose of this event is to bring contestants together to solve real challenges in the agricultural industry using technology; it offers an opportunity to solve a real-life problem and provide a solution that provides market demand.

On 21 June the AgHack had its Launch Party at Gemstar, in Perth where they announced eight challenges that could give potential contributors an edge at developing a solution for the Hackathon.

A media statement published by the Minister of Data said: “these real-world, data backed challenges have been developed in partnership with our government partner for this event, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

“Together we have endorsed the presented challenges for their relevance and value to the industry – giving them market for commercialisation from the start.”

The challenges announced are:

  • “grading grain at the farm gate” – how to grade and sort grain to maximise returns for farmers;
  • “where did my lamb chop come from?” – to track and provide feedback to maximise price and customer satisfaction;
  • “monitoring the rangelands” – how to better monitor the usage of WA’s remote rangelands;
  • “connected sheep” – how to link ewes and lambs and make better breeding decisions;
  • “identifying and predicting pest to protect WA” – detect pest to improve WA’s biosecurity;
  • “whose grain is that?” – track grain from farm properties to improve food safety and protect access to markets;
  • “what to grow and when?” – how to choose cropping mix to improve land stability with seasonal economic returns; and
  • “making sense of agricultural data” – how to collect and collate farming data for better decisions and precision.

Contributors of the challenge will be supported following the event to bring their solutions to potentially succeed within the industry.

Last year, the winning hackathon team developed a product that became Iseroo and they working with the relevant government department.

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Visit the Ministry of Data website for more information.