Dr. Chandra Krintz,
Department of Computer Science
UC Santa Barbara
Apps for Ag is a pro-bono endeavor supported by several AgTech hubs around California, and founded by the AgTech Roundtable, whose members include USDA, CDFA, California Department of Technology, California Farm Bureau Federation, California Association of Pest Control Advisers and many other organizations.
Apps for Ag, the unique
competitive hackathon connecting hackers and growers to create open-source apps to solve real
problems in agriculture, will take place April 17-19. The hackathon will be hosted in
San Joaquin Valley by the "Farm of The Future" program at West Hill College Coalinga
(WHCC) located at 518 W. Gale Avenue in Coalinga, California.
"The organization committee for the hackathon embodies the type of public-private partnership
that California needs to rise to the challenge to produce more food with increasingly scarce
resources" underlined USDA's Robert Tse who is one of the organizers with Clint Cowden.
Patrick Dosier, agronomist from TransValley AgTech; Bob Gore, policy expert from The Gualco
Group; Olivier Jerphagnon, serial entrepreneur from PowWow Energy; and Karina Solomonik,
agricultural economist studying at Fordham University complete the committee.
The first Apps for Ag hackathon is sponsored by California Community Colleges, USDA, Agrian, gThrive, California Coast Crop Consulting, California Ag Solutions, and TerraVerde Renewable Partners. At the end of the two-day event, teams will showcase their ingenuity in front of a judging panel composed of experienced developers, farmers, and investors. "Hackathons are a great way to spur innovation in industry verticals where technology has not been fully adopted", said Rob Trice, one of the judges and the founder of the Mixing Bowl and Better Food Ventures.
Apps for Ag Official Website