In 2013, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (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. The activity was not a traditional hackathon. Its objectives were to showcase the potentials of ICT applications in agriculture at the ICT4Ag conference and to support the development of ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture by young people. 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 pilot experience will be replicated in other regions.
Mr Johnson Opigo is an ICT Consultant and trainer, Web Designer and Developer based in Nigeria. Among others he has been running Web 2.0 and Social Media trainings on behalf of CTA and UNITAR.
Interviewed during the 3-day write-shop (Wageningen, 24-26 March, 2014) on updating CTA's curriculum used during the Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunities, Johnson summarises the power of Web 2.0 and Social Media and recalls a success story of their adoption and deployment in in the framework of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) implemented by Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, which ended four decades of corruption in the fertilizer sector, eliminating the middlemen and scaling up food production by nine million metric tonnes in the first year.
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