We are excited to announce an inaugural hackathon – Hack4Farming – taking place this October at the Sankara Nairobi. Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this event will tackle data and information challenges experienced by agriculture development groups across East Africa. These groups are doing important work to help smallholder farmers adapt to changing conditions and take advantage of new technologies. But they face critical, everyday problems in collecting reliable field data, sharing information with partners, and communicating actionable insights back to their farmers.

Hack4Farming aims to change that. Cohosts aWhere (a weather and agronomic information company) and Nafundi (a mobile data collection software company) are seeking Nairobi-based data scientists, programmers, developers, and hackers with an interest in agriculture technology to join us. Teams will compete to develop the best solution to the challenge and win a consultancy contract to further develop their ideas.

Details about Hack4Farming and how to sign up can be found at our event website or in the downloadable informational flyer(PDF). In addition to the hackathon itself, we will be hosting a kickoff reception on the evening of October 16th, featuring an address by keynote speaker Dr. Bitange Ndemo on the importance of ICT in agriculture.

All hackathon participants are invited to attend the reception, and we welcome other interested non-participants to come mingle and network with colleagues. Please note that space at both the hackathon and reception is limited, and you must receive a confirmation from the organizers to attend.

We believe institutions like iHub are vital for building a close, productive relationship between East African agriculture and ICT. We hope Hack4Farming will create new links between agricultural development researchers and local ICT talent, and we look forward to welcoming members of the iHub community at the event!

–Hanna Camp, for Hack4Farming and aWhere


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