How geospatial data can contribute to spatial planning for sustainable and responsible agriculture in Africa?

Application deadline - 16 October, 2019

You want to help estimate land potential available for agriculture?
Are you interested in geospatial data and want to create new applications on top of this data?

Then join us at the #Hackagdic 2-days hackathon. We're inviting everyone to join us, whether you're an expert, engineer, programmer, agricultural innovator or designer interested in using geospatial data for agriculture and development issues.

Are you willing to bring your concrete expertise, to challenge your ideas with international experts and to present your prototype in front of a panel of leaders and potential partners to continue its development?

The idea is that you create a prototype with geospatial data in just 2 days. We will support you in any way possible, explain the data and help you get started. You will be working in a team composed of 2 to 6 people guided by international experts acting as mentors.

The #Hackagdic Hackathon is the opportunity to mobilize collective intelligence in the fields of datavisualisation, statistics, geography or social sciences around agriculture and development issues.

# The Challenges

  • Preserving natural resources: use geospatial data to identify protected areas such as forests, wild ecosystems and biodiversity?
  • Estimate land potential available for agriculture: use geospatial data to help determine zoning.
  • Deliver a resilient agriculture: using geospatial data to improve agriculture‚Äôs resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Visit the hackathon's website with all practical information and the list of available data

Hacking also refers to the work of writing computer code. When we refer to a hackathon, we mean a large community of people coming together in an endurance challenge of writing code for a beneficial purpose. The hackathon is focused on creating synergies between the skill sets of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as policy makers, developers, designers, data scientists, NGOs etc. In this case we will use these collaborative and creative methods to use geospatial data for agriculture issues.

We will create multi-skilled teams based on the different profiles who are present. We're inviting engineers, developers, designers, students, civil society actors, agriculture entrepreneurs, academics and basically anyone who wants to use and re-use geospatial data to hack agriculture and development issues in Africa. If you feel this topic appeals to you then you are more than welcome.

At the beginning of the hackathon, a team forming activity will be organized and each team will be made up of up to 6 attendees and based on a diversity of skills. We believe that diversity of backgrounds, personalities and ideas foster creativity, so we encourage you to work with new people.

I don't know anything about computers. Should I join?
Yes, we need you just like we need coders. The development of real solutions will not happen without the direct input of knowledgeable practitioners. We need diverse insight for data to truly be unleashed. You will not be expected to write code. We need you to be able explain the how, what, why, when and what-ifs of agricultural production. This is your chance to have software developed, on the spot, for your very own needs!

Is this a continuous 2 days event? No, the hackathon will be held during the opening hours of the conference venue.

However, if you wish to continue working on your idea outside of the hackathon's opening hours, you're more than welcome!

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please send any questions/comments/concerns to