Agricultural technology competition awards cash prizes other incentives

Developers will vye for a $7,500 first-place prize and other awards in a competition aimed at finding the next new app to boost on-farm efficiencies.

Agricultural hackathon seeks solutions for farmers

First-place price of $7,500 will be awarded Goal is to find solutions to real-world challenges in agriculture Event sponsored by University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Do you have an idea for an app that could simplify on-farm tasks?

If you do you could be eligible for up to $7,500 in prizes from the fourth Apps for Ag Hackathon on July 15-17. Software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, farmers, farm consultants and others in the agricultural industry are invited to compete.

Prizes include $7,500 for first place, $4,500 for second and $2,500 for third thanks to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), which added more cash to the prizes.

“We hope to create some really transformative technology for agriculture,” said Gabe Youtsey, UCANR’s chief information officer. 

Each team will receive $500 in “cloud credits” to build their solution and host it on Amazon’s cloud. The teams will also receive an “Internet of Things” kit to incorporate connected devices into their solution.

Teams will compete in three challenge areas: pest management, drought and irrigation efficiency, and healthy soil. See for details. Food or agriculture-related concepts that do not fit within these challenge areas are also welcome.

The competition, the fourth in a series to solve real problems in agriculture and food, is being hosted by UC ANR and the California State Fair.

The hackathon will be held at the UCANR building at 2801 Second Street in Davis, from 8 a.m. July 15 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 17.

Participants will compete for cash prizes at a “pitchfest” in front of a live audience at the California State Fair on Sunday, July 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three apps: $7,500 for first place, $4,500 for second place and $2,500 for third place.

The first place team will also receive a six-month top-tier membership to the AgStart Incubator in Woodland and custom rodeo-style belt buckles. All three top teams will also receive complimentary startup incorporation services from Royse Law worth $2,200.

USDA Deputy Chief Information Officer Joyce Hunter will be a keynote speaker. Judges will include University of California Chief Information Officer Tom Andriola, UC Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Glenda Humiston, USDA Chief Data Officer Bobby Jones, and Better Food Ventures and Mixing Bowl Hub Founder Rob Trice.

The Apps for Ag hackathon is sponsored by UCANR, the California State Fair and City of Sacramento.

For more information and to register, visit



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