Friday, April 20 till Sunday, April 22, 2018
The Hackathon applications are closed but you can still apply to Agrytech Accelerator Batch II. Deadline April 30, 2018
54 Hours to Solve Agri-Food Challenges from Farm to Fork
Under the Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers in Lebanon H.E. Mr. Saad El Hariri
Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lebanon
Berytech is organizing the second edition of the Agrytech Hackathon: an exciting opportunity for developers, coders, engineers, data scientists, creatives, innovators, entrepreneurs, professionals, and university students who want to collaborate and innovate in the agriculture and food sectors over the course of one weekend.
The hackathon launches on Friday April 20th in Berytech Mkalles and continues over a period of 54 hours. Mentors and industry experts will guide you to develop your prototypes and agri-food solutions. Pitching and jury will take place on Sunday evening.
To participate you can apply as a team or an individual. You are encouraged to apply if you are a technical developer, engineer, agronomist, food expert, designer, or a business-minded and innovative problem solver. You can apply with your own idea, or you can hack one of the preset challenges.
The program is open for Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians residing in Lebanon.
Come get the chance to take your idea to the next level and win up to $6,500 in cash along a guaranteed acceptance to the Agrytech Accelerator! You will also:
– Get exposed to interesting cases in technologies such as IoT, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence
– Get access to relevant data and expertise, and connect with leading stakeholders in agriculture and food industry
– Get direct contact with creative tech talent for you agri-food business
– Get access to $40K+ in grants and $60K+ in business support value (after winning the Hackathon and being accepted to the Accelerator)
The 2018 edition of the Hackathon is organized in partnership with FARMHACK.NL, leaders in ORGANIZING INTERNATIONAL HACKATHONS in the agri-food sector.
Their international experts will be assisting Berytech with the organization of the hackathon, and will be on site to support and mentor the participants.
FarmHack.NL is a catalyst for solutions and innovations in the agricultural and farming sector. Their mission is to use the full potential of data and technology, aiming at empowered farmers, smarter farming, and diversified business ideas.
The Agrytech Hackathon 2018 is also partnering with Source Institute. Their international experts will be on site to support the participating teams during the hackathon on issues like team alignment, business modelling and interacting with experts.
Source Institute designs education for fast-changing environments and fosters innovation by building communities of practice. Home of Leancamp, Village Accelerator, and The Sources, they collaborate with world-renowned companies and educational organizations to bring innovative peer-to-peer education to the world. The future of education is about learning directly from the source.
You have 54 hours to work on your solution, so it is important that you build a prototype that showcases your product’s most important features.
The result of your hard, creative work will be
Your solution will be judged based on
• Clearly addressed problem
& Market Validation
• Clear Value Proposition
Directly improves outcomes for targeted problem/pain
New idea, device or method which breaks into the market or society
• The business model presented is feasible and can generate revenue
• The solution is scalable across markets
The product/service demo clearly exhibited the functionality of the service
Berytech Innovation Park Mar Roukoz will be open 24h during the hackathon.
Experts from Berytech and FarmHack.NL will be available the whole time to assist.
TEAM FORMATION DAY
10:30am Welcome & Challenges
11:30am Unconference: Meet the Challengers
2.30 pm Ideation Workshop
3:15 pm Business Canvas & Validation Techniques Workshops
4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:15pm Business Canvas & Validation Techniques Workshops
5:00pm Hackathon Kick-off and Team Formation
The Agrytech Hackathon is aiming to solve different environmental, economic, business, and marketing challenges in the agro-food industry. Check out the list of challenges that will be presented at the Hackathon and start brainstorming solutions that you and your team can develop. We will support you with data, domain knowledge and relevant references to other types of solutions that made it to the market.
Here’s how it went last year
68 competing participants, 35 mentors, 22 teams created, 10 final pitches, 6 industry challenges, 2 winners admitted directly to the Agrytech Accelerator, and 1 startup making it to the final incubation phase receiving $40K+ in funding!
The 2 winners were: Souk Baladi, an online marketplace connecting small farmers to niche stores and offering a traceable impact-centered journey from farm to fork, and Startchy, a startup synthesizing bio-plastic coat that preserves and extends the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables as an organic alternative to wax and vacuumed plastic.
Starchy is now in the final phase of the Agrytech Accelerator Program, aiming for investment and international scaling.
During the hackathon’s presentation, when we were asked if we thought that agriculture was not as relevant/interesting, we shook our head yes. A couple of hours later, we were reading each article about the agriculture sector in Lebanon that we could find. It is relevant, it is interesting. It’s just that we don’t know much about it. After 48 hours of thinking just about it, we have realized that agriculture could be the real MVP of the Lebanese economy. We hope that our solution (if it works out) could help revitalize the sector. Thank you for opening our eyes on this existing challenge and on giving us a push to do something about it.
– Lama Miri from Souk Baladi – Winner of the Agrytech Hackathon 2017
The Agrytech Program is jointly funded by the Kingdom of Netherlands & Berytech
Will the venue be open 24/7 for the hackathon participants?
Yes, the venue will be accessible for participants to work from and stay in from the time the event opens on Friday, April 20 until the winners are announced on Sunday, April 22.
Hot beverages and water will be served all through the event. Participants are advised to bring with them necessary items like deodorant, warm clothes, earphones, a pair of socks and underwear, toothbrush and toothpaste, and phone chargers during the event. Read more suggestions here
Where is the event venue? How do I get there?
The event is located at the Berytech Innovation Park Mar Roukoz, in Mkalles. You can arrive by car, and there are dedicated parking spaces for you. We strongly suggest you car pool and/or use public transportation.
Berytech has a deal with CAREEM, use promo code BERYTECH to get 25% discount on your trip.
If you are already in one of the Berytech sites and you want to join us in Mar Roukoz, please use promo code INBERYTECH for 50% discount on your trip.
What are we expected to present in 48 hours?
As a team, you are expected to present your software or hardware prototype and present a pitch deck about your suggested business model for your solution in a 4-minute pitch. It is okay if you were unable to have a functional prototype. We understand that sometimes code doesn’t work the way we want it to and this will not affect your score from the judges.
How many members can be in a team?
We recommend between 3 to 5 team members that have various skills including development, business, and design. However, we don’t have a limit to the number of people working on one idea.
Can I apply as one person?
If you are one person and don’t have a team to apply with, you have 2 options: (1) Apply with an idea, and either work on it alone or work with a team formed during the Team Formation section on Friday, April 20, 2018, or (2) Apply with no idea, and join a team working on a cool idea you like during the Agrytech Hackathon weekend.
Can I apply if I don’t have an idea?
Yes absolutely! If you don’t have an idea to work on, you can still participate in this amazing experience. At the event kick-off, there will be a Team Formation segment where teams and people will be matched based on skills and cool ideas they want to work on during the Agrytech Hackathon weekend.