Challenges and prizes
In total, 3 prizes will be awarded. Teams of developers are challenged to develop working prototypes in one of the following categories:
Climate change category
An app or platform on fighting climate change, using available climate change open data, in particular those put together by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The winning team for this category will receive a cash prize of 4,000 Euros.
In addition, they may be granted, after the hackathon, consultancy fees (between 5,000 and up to 10,000 Euros, depending notably on the quality of the prototype) to finalise the product developed. CTA and CCFAS will partner to ensure the use and maintenance of the application once it is finalised; the app developed will be a free app that any agricultural or climate change stakeholder can use.
An app or platform on an agricultural issue important for the South African economy according to the team of developers. The winning team will receive 6,000 Euros.
In addition they will be granted at least six month of incubation to improve the application, as well as promotional opportunities from CTA and its partners; the team will retain the full Intellectual Property Right of the application and can market it as they wish.
Agricultural magazine category
An app for the free international agricultural magazine SPORE http://spore.cta.int/en/ produced and distributed by CTA. The winning team in this category will receive a cash prize of 4,000 Euros.
In addition they may be granted, after the hackathon, a consultancy fee (between 5,000 and up to 10,000 Euros, depending notably on the quality of the prototype) to finalise the product developed. The app developed will be a free app that will deliver agricultural information to all stakeholders. This magazine is read currently by thousands of readers in all parts of the world, including government officials, university stakeholders, farmers and agricultural cooperatives, and agro-dealers.
The app will become CTA’s property after the consultancy. The prototypes developed by non winning teams remain their properties.
Promotion for all teams
Teams will submit applications for a maximum of two categories. Organisers will ensure that at least 3 applicants per category are selected. All best teams of winners will be promoted via various mechanisms, notably by participating in an international event to promote their product and services, irrespective of the category.
Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of the GFIA Africa event on 02 December, after a pitching session which is part of the assessment of the prototypes developed.
Assessment of prototypes and pitching session
The evaluation of the prototypes will be undertaken by a panel of international judges (comprising at least one South African expert, as well as experts in Agriculture, ICT and business development). It will be composed of two phases: a prototype assessment which will be held during the hackathon period, and a business pitch assessment. The pitching session will be held in public at the venue of the GFIA on 1st December.