AgHack 2019
Agri-Virtual Grand Challenge Hackathon
Background & Objective
Over the past two decades, the use of digital technology and ICT has ventured into virtually every facet of life. The need of the hour is to achieve improved and sustainable agricultural production while aiming to save costs, reduce environmental impact and ensure food security while maintaining the quality. In order to address the issues and challenges and exploit the potential of resources, it is essential to create an integrated and sustainable system of Information and Technologies for the sector. The program focuses on promoting the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, especially by young people to create innovations that would empower smallholder farmers, and the communities that support them. Digital technology can accelerate the pace of developing and delivering sustainable and equitable solutions and enable Sustainable Development. Innovations and technological advancements would help narrow the knowledge gap between researchers and farmers; providing timely and targeted information to farmers to manage weather and market variability and integrating farmers into profitable markets.

The objective of the Hackathon is to stimulate young minds to come up with technology solutions that address these challenges and have the potential to positively impact farmers’ income, and overall agricultural performance.
Why Hackathon
The young generation is bubbling with ideas. The biggest challenge however lies in turning the ideas to practical solutions. With Hackathons, the aim is to come up with a feasible practical solution with proof of concept or working example or a model.
The hackathon program is designed to be open to students, entrepreneurs, budding researchers, young professionals. The larger the cross functionality, the more the mix of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise hence newer and wider perspectives to look at addressing a problem and develop solutions.
Data is everywhere. With Big Data and Data Analytics trending it is essential to have access to relevant information derived from the available raw data for usage.
Who Should Apply?
A team of minimum four Students / Researchers
Innovators / Entrepreneurs
Selection Criteria
Registered Students shall choose and create a conceptual model from pre- defined themes catering to Identified Global Agriculture Challenges
Students shall present the prototype for selection by experts.
A virtual platform of "Ask Me anything" for experts is created
to provide mentorship and guidance to the selected young innovators-to fine tune prototype and business model of the hack for demonstration at the Grand Challenge.
The created Hacks can be deployed on Servers through Platforms for a unique URL and host name
The Last step is the Grand Challenge- The hack is submitted along with the details in submission form and a screencast (video description) of the hack to gain competitive advantage and win in the competition.
Evaluation Criteria
The overall robustness of the model will be evaluated on the basis of:

Concept: How effectively challenges are addressed
Novelty: The concept should be new and innovative and not a recreation of something existing
Viability: How scalable is the solution and a realistic chance of being implemented and adopted
Ease of Use and User Interface - Is it easy to understand and use by the end consumer
Competition Rules
1. Students, Innovators, entrepreneurs, young professionals can participate in the AgHack
2. No more than 4 members to one group
3. Language for Coding - English
4. Teams must be multidisciplinary with participants from cross-functional areas and skill
    sets-engineering, business and agriculture
5. Group Leader for each team to be nominated or volunteered in the beginning.
6. All communication will be shared with the group leader
7. Solutions developed must strictly adhere to the specified themes
8. Participants will be expected to come up with new and innovative ideas. Any idea that has been
    copied from elsewhere will be disqualified.
9. No outsourcing is allowed
10. If any of the rules are broken, the entire team shall be disqualified.

Challenge Summary: The farmer’s limited knowledge about soil health; inadequate availability and access to accurate information impede him from taking appropriate decisions with respect to soil nutrition. Equally important is the aspect of soil organic health which is characterized by organic carbon content in soil. It is well observed that soils in certain parts of India are either overfed or underfed with fertilizers, causing a severe imbalance in usage of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) fertilizer as well as depletion of soil organic health.

While the Government’s flagship Soil Health Card Scheme aims at ensuring that farmers have better access to soil testing services and are able to use the information for making smart choices to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. However, the period between sample collection and test reports given to farmers is still quite long.

The practical challenges which farmers face in terms of the method of testing;
1. Time taken to collect samples,
2. Mobility to the laboratories
3. Cost of undertaking testing
4. Method for sharing the results
5. Understanding and implementing the results
6. Following this method on a long-term basis.

We are therefore looking for a product/service that -
a) Provide easy to use and interpret soil health assessment tools and devices through which farmers can access information in a timely manner and utilize the information for effective decision making.
b) Allow the farmer to monitor the soil condition by integrating his/her observations with available location-specific open data and share this knowledge with other farmers.
c) Calibrate uptake of nutrients (macro and micro) into the plant – that would enable pinpointed supply of nutrients
d) At the macro level, allow mapping of areas according to soil health conditions for strategic interventions both at the policy and business levels. The USP of the solutions will be portability. Such a comprehensive solution will help economize usage of inputs save costs and improve productivity of crops, net returns in addition to adopting sustainable agricultural practices that are environmentally less damaging.

Challenge Summary: Assessing crop health to prevent potential damage is important and extremely time sensitive. Given farmers limited ability to assess crop health, identify potential damage, risk factors, prevent spread and outbreak of damage and/or solve the problem on the spot results in the losses of 20-30 percent of crops due to pests/diseases and hence income losses.

Given the scale of crop & incomes losses due to pest and diseases it is critical for the farmer to assess the risk of crop damage as well as contain onset of any damage.

Currently, much of the advisory on crop protection is undertaken through extension services (provided both by the public and private sectors) with personnel visiting farms and/or through mobile phones remotely. Often the extension services are free, and the degree of effectiveness varies given the quality and frequency of the services delivered. But in most cases, especially in the most remote areas, access to these services is still limited and irregular. Rural small holder farmers do not understand crop health and manage it on a periodic and routine basis, not assessing potential risks associated, and not undertaking preventive measures.

Even if commonly prevalent pests, weeds and associated diseases are easily identifiable by the farmers, there remains a risk of new and/or rare weeds, pests and diseases that are not understood or identified easily.

Considering the extent of crop protection issues in India, technology solutions are needed to help farmers access information and/or images that allow him to assess any potential risk, readily identify the weeds and pests, and further map it with the preventive measures for taking a timely decision to prevent crop loss. The solution should be able to help in

a) offline identification and estimation of acres of crop coverage and crop impacted by pest & diseases;

b) yield estimation as the season progresses as it is very useful for farmers and also for B2B industrial clients;
c) identify pests and provide the linked advisory services;
d) check the quality of the crop produce using digital means and also estimation of yield without manual intervention

Also given that these issues are extremely time sensitive and farmers need to take immediate measures to prevent outbreak or spread of diseases, cutting down the time involved in delivering these services and the extent of human interface will be critical components of the technology solution.

►  CII recognition to the top two teams
►  Internship Programme with leading Corporate(s)
►  Exciting Prizes
Distinguished Jury
Danfoss Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Co Founder & President
Indian Angel Network (IAN)
Microsoft for Startups
Senior Vice President
Strategy & Precision Farming, Farm Equipment Sector, Farm Division
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
Chairman & Managing Director
EM3 Agri Services Pvt Ltd.
Director of Kidum
Kidum R&D Applications, Agriculture Research Organization (ARO)
Volcani Center, Israel
Chief - IT, Digital & Innovation
Tata Chemicals Limited
Managing Director
Carrier Transicold, India & South Asia
Principal Data Science Manager
Corteva Agriscience™,
Agriculture Division, DowDuPont™
Danfoss India

CEO & Founder
Mycrop Technologies

Chairman & Whole Time Director
Tasty Dairy Specialities Limited

Manager - Digital
Rallis India Limited
Chief, Remote Sensing and GIS
Skymet Weather Services Pvt Ltd.
AgHack Schedule
17th April

followed by Mentoring
5th May

10th May


AGHACK Virtual Agri Hackathon

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