Event description

AgTech Hackathon: Manawatu connects smart farmers with smarter on-farm solutions. The Hackathon will enable our farming community to present everyday on-farm opportunities and challenges to technology experts, who can then creatively solve these problems drawing on their hardware and software programming skills.

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We need technology experts, leaders with marketing and business experience, young, innovative thinkers and experienced rural professionals with an understanding of the market. This event is FREE so get involved! Register here

Teams will work throughout the New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week to develop hardware or software based solutions that will then be presented in a final pitch ceremony on Friday 16th March, at Central Districts Field Days. Successful solutions will lead to business opportunities and the products could ultimately end up in market helping to make farmers work more efficiently all around the world. AgTech Hackathon is designed to not only help solve problems, but also enable a connection and conversation between our rural and urban communities.

Students from local secondary schools and tertiary institutes will also be involved, with a student present on each of the teams. Through support from Talent Central, this opportunity allows students to immerse themselves in the real world and experience the excitement the agri industry can offer. We hope the experience will encourage students to consider taking their highly sought after skills into the agri industry.

The Monday event will officially launch the AgTech Hackathon for the Week. Hosted on a modern dairy farm, the event aims to set a scene for how the Hackathon physically connects multiple communities as well as acting as a reminder of the reality of the programmes outcomes. The launch will be attended by the farming, tech and urban community, as well as government.

The Hackathon is collaboratively founded by Microsoft, BCC, Manawatu-Rangitikei Federated Farmers, Accelerate 25, Future Institutes and New Zealand AgriFood Investment Week


Attend our information evening hosted by Microsoft professionals and the team at BCC:

  • Friday 24th February, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • BCC (Building Clever Companies), 21 Dairy Farm Road, Palmerston North
  • RSVP: HackathonManawatu@gmail.com

For more information contact hackathonmanawatu@gmail.com or visit www.hackathonmanawatu.nz