Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 25 and 26, 2016


What is a hackathon?

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 to 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.

Our agenda for the hackathon. Please visit the Hack4FarmingBogota website for more information.

The Hack4FarmingBogota was lead by Michael Hennon, Gus Cavanaugh, and Katharine Cavanaugh. NMSU professors Drs. Mick O'Neill and Dave DuBois along with Dr. Jorge Triana Valenzuela from La Salle University Programa de Medicina Veterinaria provided guidance to the students during the hackathon.

Dr. Daniel Jimenez opened up the hackathon with a very informative talk entitled "Trends for tomorrow: Fostering a Revolution in Agriculture." Dr. Jimenez is the Chief Data Scientist at CIAT in Cali, Colombia. His inspiring talk provided our students with many things to ponder about the future in agriculture as we face many challenges such as climate change. He talked about satellite imagery, climate change, drones, big data, data mining, internet of things, information communication technologies, data-driven agronomy, data-driven climate smart agriculture, and site-specific breeding.

The #Hack4FarmingBogota student teams were:

GMO Team
Their team presentation

Heavy Soils
Their team presentation, website

House Farming
Their team presentation, website

Bogota Hills
Their team presentation, website

Environmental Livestock Solutions
Their team presentation

Change Team
Their team presentation, website

To see all the activity during the hackathon, look at Twitter #Hack4FarmingBogota.

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