Apps for Ag to host AgTech Hackathon

January 22, 2015

“Apps for Ag” is running a competitive hackathon partnering young farmers and mobile application developers to create open-source apps for growers. The hackathon will be held by at California AgTech Roundtable on Feb. 20-22 at the West Hills College Coalinga (WHCC) Farm of the Future.

Apps for Ag will feature two leading state officials on mobile technology: Catherine Sandoval, member of the California Public Utilities Commission and its lead on broadband, will deliver Friday evening remarks; and Robert Schmidt, CIO at the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Robert will deliver Saturday remarks entitled “Digital Innovation On the Farm.”

“Agricultural technology is ramping up and environmental factors, like the historic drought, are driving the great need for on-farm apps to integrate hardware and software, and to communicate, in the field,” said committee co-chairs Patrick Dosier, an agronomist and owner of TransValley AgTech and Clint Cowden, interim director of the WHCC Farm of the Future.  Robert Tse from the USDA, Robert Gore from The Gualco Group, Inc. and Olivier Jerphgnon from PowWow Energy complete the committee.

The break down of the hackathon will be as follows:

  1. Members of the Young Farmers & Ranchers of the California Farm Bureau Federation begin by informing the 100 invited developers of their business needs for mobile and related apps.
  2. Coder teams then spend the next two days creating the apps.
  3. Judges render their verdicts Sunday.

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