Get involved in the Agri-Hack Championship!

By Sheilah Birgen
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Get involved in the Agri-Hack Championship!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). From 4 to 8 November 2013, CTA and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda, will organize an international conference on ICT for Agriculture (ICT4Ag) in Kigali. This event will examine how ICTs are truly empowering producers and consumers along the entire value chain. It will showcase the exciting possibilities and incredible developments taking place in this area. In line with CTA’s strategy, the ICT4Ag conference will promote the application of ICTs in the agricultural sector with particular emphasis on value chains, advocacy and policy development.

A regional hackathon on ICT4Ag solutions is planned as one of the key activities that will run in parallel to the conference. In order to make this regional championship a success they are calling out for partners in Eastern Africa Countries for the national champions that will culminate in the finals in Kigali. Private and public sector run innovation, entrepreneurship hubs/communities from that the Eastern Africa region are invited to express interest in being partners nominating and supporting teams to the finals of the regional competition.

CTA1Developers can participate in this as early as now by asking the hub/lab/community they are affiliated with to express interest in participating as partners with CTA. To participate as a partner in theICT4AgConference hackathon dubbed "Agri-Hack Championship" read moreHERE, you can also fill thisFORM. Hubs in this countries can participate: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Important dates:

- Hubs/labs have to apply and send their applications by05 September.

- Selection by hubs/labs of the team who will go to Kigali (following national hackathon or selection events) by02 October. Up to twelve (12) Tech hubs will be selected to organise hackathons or other selection events to nominate participating teams. 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.

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