The winners of the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge, which took place from 28 November to 02 December 2015 in Durban in South Africa, were announced on 2nd December, at the closing ceremony of the Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture, African Edition (GFIA Africa).
- Climate change category :
Winning team: Students from the Centre for Geoinformation Science (CGIS) : Victoria Justine Rautenbach; Sean Cullen and Nadia Oosthuizen
Prototype developed: Temo le Boso. The platform (website and app) aims to serve as a decision making tool for farmers in selecting what crop type to potentially plant in their area under future climatic conditions.
Rewards: 4000 euros + consulting opportunity to fully build the services.
For their prototype, they used open data from many sources, notably those of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a partner of the activity. They received their trophy from a Board member of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), another partner of the activity.
- Spore Magazine category
Team: Layyers (Jose Kabeya, Peter Seme Silwimba and Thamsanqa Mahlaola)
Prototype developed: This is a mobile app that will enable users to read content published on the Spore agricultural magazine online platform and provides a space for readers to interact and discuss the articles they have read. Trophy handed out by Vish Eraman, a representative of the Durban University of Techonology (DUT) a partner of the activity.
Rewards: 4000 euros + consulting opportunity to build the final app.
- Start-up category
Team: Diepsloot Kasi Hive (Linda Sibeko, Jacob Simelane, Johannes Swalo (Jessey) Nkale)
Prototype: An app than can link up vegetable growers with their targeted market. The app will enable vegetable growers to interact with the market and inform people about their produce, in such a way that increases their knowledge of where their produce is needed and improves access to market. They target their local community for their services. Trophy given by Michael Hailu, CTA Director.
Rewards: 6000 euros + incubation
- Special GODAN Prize (Best use of open data)
The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), rewards the innovation that made best use of open data.
Team: MobiElectro (Mpfumeri Errence Baloyi and Solly Sifiso Cossa)
Prototype: This platform harness cloud computing and the internet of things to improve water management on farms. It is a 2-tiered platform composed of an electronic circuit (sensors) that monitor water level on farms and send the information to an app (which farmers can monitor anywhere) through the cloud. In return, the app allows farmers to control their irrigation systems and manage field watering remotely.
Rewards: 3000 euros cash + 2000 euros of material.
The trophy was handed out by André Laperrière, Director of GODAN. They used data such as CCAFS climate change data.
For more information on prizes and rewards check http://durban-agrihack.ict4ag.org/index.php/prizes/.
More updates will follow. Credits photos: Geekulcha.