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East Africa AgriHack - Hackathon - Youth in agriculture - By CTA

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Published on Jun 16, 2014

This activity mainly aims to support youth ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture.

In 2013, CTA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and the support of the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) of Rwanda, organised a hackathon focused on agriculture. It was held in the framework of the international ICT4Ag Conference initiated by CTA. This pilot activity was not a traditional hackathon.

It took the form of a regional tournament. The video presents the various activities held at the Finals of the AgriHack Championship, including the pitching session of young developers and the prize giving ceremony. The preliminary phase were held before the ICT4Ag Conference and the finals took place during the conference in Kigali. In order to ensure that the applications developed meet the needs of those in agriculture in East Africa, and that the developers have the opportunity further to refine and launch their applications after the event, CTA involved, from the start, key stakeholders, including ICT hubs and ministries from East Africa, as well other international government and non-governmental institutions (such as the Rwandese ministries of Agriculture and the one in charge of youth and ICTs, AGRA, Microsoft 4Afrika). Winners of the hackathon have been incubated for several months at the event of the events. This is one of the CTA activities aiming at attracting youth in agriculture. This pilot experience will be replicated in other regions.

This activity is implemented under the ARDYIS programme of CTA.

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