Agro-Tech Hackathon NG is an initiative of Microsoft African Transformation Office in collaboration with NIRSAL to select inclusive solutions that bolster sustainable and inclusive platforms, employment generation and agricultural value chain that is digitally accessible to farmers and Nigerians.
The major objective of this Challenge is to identify and produce solutions that bolster sustainable and inclusive platform(s) for Agro-products and services that is digitally accessible to farmers and customers by the Nigerian youths.
The competition is open to Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 45. Applicants must be from any of the 6 geopolitical zones of the country and must have demonstrated interest/experience in technology, agriculture and/or entrepreneurship. Applicants shortlisted in the first phase of the application will be paired to form teams during the Hackathon stage. Each team will undergo a 4-week mentorship, where they will be mentored by world-class agro-specialists, entrepreneurs, and training teams from Microsoft.
At the end of the competition, three teams with the most outstanding solutions will be selected for funding and technical support by Microsoft and its partners. Consolation prizes will also be given to the top 20 finalists of the hackathon. Top winning teams would share a sum of 5 Million Naira with other consolation prizes and recognitions by Microsoft and partners for other finalists.
The goal of the hackathon is to develop a repository of innovative and inclusive solutions to the myriad of challenges in the agricultural sector. These solutions in the long run will empower farmers economically and improve the profitability of their agri-business by facilitating easier and faster consumer access to farm produce and reduce wastage of perishable farm items.