Hack 4 Farming 2016

July 25-26

Hack4Farming is a registered Trademark of our partner aWhere, Inc.


A hackathon to leverage weather data and technology to address challenges and information gaps.

What is a

A hackathon is traditionally an event bringing together computer programmers, graphic designers, software developers, and other persons with technical skills to collaborate intensively on projects. The events usually last 1-2 days, and participants usually work in teams and compete to develop the best solutions to pre-set challenges.

More recently, international development organizations have been using hackathons as opportunities for intensive brainstorming, without necessarily featuring coding or software development.

Judging and

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams based on four primary criteria:

Impact – Is there a clear link established between the solution and the challenge or information gap?

Climate Relevance – Does the solution demonstrate an understanding of climate change address a climate change related problem in a clear and relevant fashion?

Innovation – Is the solution new? Does it solve a problem in a new or creative way?

Technical Achievement – Does the solution leverage data and technology to provide a technical solution to an important problem?


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The Challenge

This challenge can and should be interpreted broadly. Teams may choose to focus on field data collection, weather alerts, value chain information networks, or any other aspect of agricultural work that could benefit from application of advanced communication tools and ICTs. The key is to identify a problem, challenge, or information gap, identify the data that can be used to form a solution, and then develop a solution concept or tool. Teams can consider several areas to focus on including but not limited to:

1. Market Access

2. Access to Production information and Knowledge notably for Weather, Soil, or Pest Info

3. Collaboration Apps for Farmers

4. Climate Change Adaption and Water Management

Solutions May Include:

• ICT tool or applications
• Video game or other game
• Smartphone app
• Web site
• Crowdsourcing
• Data collection and analysis tool

What is ICT?

Information and communications technology (ICT) is often used as an extended synonym for information technology (IT), It is a more expansive term (i.e. more broad in scope) that stresses the role of unified communications[1] and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information.


Time Session Topic: Lead(s)
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome Remarks and Event Introduction Michael & Gus – GDA
8:15am – 8:30am Team Forming & Ice Breaker Activity Michael – GDA
Student team introductions
8:30am -9:15am Key Note Speaker Daniel Jimenez – CIAT
Fostering a Revolution in Agriculture
9:15am – 10:15am Introduction to the Challenges Michael – GDA
Weather and climate is changing
Information Gaps in the Ag Value Chain
Youth in Agriculture
10:15am – 10:30am Break – Group 1 to class room A Group 2 to classroom B upon return
10:30am – 11:30am Classroom A Group 1 Gus & – GDA
Data Collection, Structure & Cleaning
Downloading, storage and structuring
Manipulating in Excel for insight
API &, code, aWhere API demo, App demo
10:30am – 11:30am Classroom B Group 2 Kathie & Michael – GDA
Website tutorial & Resources overview
Overview of quick easy website tools
Wireframes – Balsamiq
11:30am – 12:30pm Classroom B Group 2 Gus – GDA
Data Collection, Structure & Cleaning
Downloading, storage and structuring
Manipulating in Excel for insight
API &, code, aWhere API demo, App demo
11:30am – 12:30pm Classroom A Group 1 Kathie & Michael – GDA
Website tutorial & Resources overview
Overview of quick easy website tools
Wireframes – Balsamiq
12:30pm – 1:15pm Working Lunch (brainstorm with your team)
1:15pm – 1:30pm Hackathon Start – What is the problem/question/information gap
1:30pm – 3:00pm Stage 1: Teams
Problem selection & Team brainstorming
Finalize problem statement
Brief out problem to group
Check in on problem statement with Michael
3:00pm – 4:30pm Data Collection Teams
Identify and collect data sources
Check in on data with Gus
4:30 pm – 6:00pm Stage 2: Teams
Tool and solution development
How will you solve the problem?
Teams encouraged to work beyond 6:00pm


Time Session Topic: Lead(s)
8:00am – 8:15am Presentation Guidance  Michael & Kathie- GDA
Problem, Solution, Impact/Results
8:15am – 12:15pm Stage 3: Teams
Sketch solutions and program
Build out concepts
Meet One on one with Gus, Michael & Kathie
Begin drafting presentation
12:15 pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Stage 4: Teams
Finalize solutions and concepts
Complete Presentations
Final check in with Gus, Michael & Kathie
2:00 pm – 3:30pm Stage 5: Teams
Polish 5-7 minute presentations
3:30pm – 5:30pm Presentations & Judging Teams & Judges
5:30 pm – 6:00pm Prizes, Closing Remarks Mick & Dave to award prizes


Jorge Triana Valenzuela

Dr. David Dubois

Dr. Mick O’Neill

Professor at La Salle University, Bogota, Colombia.

Dr. Dave DuBois is the New Mexico State Climatologist, Assistant College Professor, and the director of the New Mexico Climate Center based in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University.

Dr. O’Neill, Professor of Agronomy, New Mexico State University, USA, has worked for over 30 years in the national and international agronomic/agroforestry research and development arena.