ICT4D Data Jam

Hyderabad - May 2017

Updated on May 12, 2017

AMZ Digital Globe ESRI

About this Event

The annual ICT4D Conference brings together public, private, and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community to share how they’ve used technology to increase the impact of their work. The 2017 conference in Hyderabad will focus on harnessing the power of data to accelerate progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Yet persistent challenges remain in connecting disparate existing datasets and overcoming the tendency of development organizations to work on isolated projects and initiatives.

In the ICT4D Data Jam, conference participants, as well as interested technologists from the Hyderabad area, will put data to work, brainstorm ways that technology can serve civil society and development, and present their work before a panel of judges.

The ICT4D Data Jam focuses primarily on agriculture and the environment, and datasets and APIs provided at the event will be agriculture and environment related. However, the event will welcome ideas that touch on any of the ICT4D Conference Tracks, as most are deeply intertwined with farmer welfare and environmental conservation.

This hackathon is being hosted by the ICT4D Conference, aWhere, Inc., the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) - India, Global Development Analytics, and A-M-Z Group. The event is also receiving support from data partner Digital Globe and GIS platform partner ESRI India.


This event is scheduled to take place from Friday, May 12, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017. It will be an all-day event on each day. Schedule is subject to change.

Time Session
Day 1 - Friday, May 12th
9:00 am - 10:00 am Event Registration
10:00 am - 11:15 am Opening Remarks and Partner Presentations
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Hackathon Stage 1: Team Brainstorming
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 8:00 pm Hackathon Stage 2: Initial Coding & Prototyping
Day 2 - Saturday, May 13th
8:30 am - 12:30 pm Stage 3: Hacking & Presentation Drafting
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Stage 4: Presentation Preparations
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Presentation of Projects, Judging, & Outcome Announcements
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Post-event Networking & Conversation


This hackathon will be held at the iHub, on ICRISAT's campus in Hyderabad, India. For exact location, please see the Google map below.

Prizes & Incentives

Hackathons provide a great environment to connect and create. As a result, teams often emerge with new contacts, new skills and/or ideas they’d like to develop further.

The team with the best idea leveraging ICT for development (as determined by a panel of impartial judges) will receive a cash prize of $1,000, the second place team will receive a cash prize of $500, and the third place team a cash prize of $250. Winning teams will also be offered up to $15,000 in donated business and consulting services, as well as an opportunity for a membership to sit and work from ICRISAT’s newly opened iHub.


Rama Iyer

A startup evangelist and advisor, Rama Iyer is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances at T-Hub. He is a business and technology leader with over 20 years of experience, who has been at the helm of incubators, creating global and strategic relationships while also advising venture funds.

Rama has worked with telecom giants like Nortel, Ericsson, Cisco and Polycom among others. Over his vast work experience, he has helped global organisations level APAC talent and marketplace to enhance their presence and build a bigger market-place for their global products, solutions and services.

At T-Hub, Rama is structuring and nurturing strategic alliances while also creating CoE programs that can help the startup community. With a keen interest in creating a better ecosystem for startups, Rama is always spotted interacting with startups and sharing his bright ideas with them.

Christian Merz

Christian Merz works within the Agricultural Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the Senior Program Officer for Digital Solutions. He is responsible for championing practical, cost-effective, sustainable, and scalable solutions that impact smallholder farmers.

Beforehand, he managed SAP’s research program on ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) covering agriculture, rural logistics, procurement & retail, financial services etc. He directed a group of software developers that investigates how mobile technologies and related business applications support the inclusion of informal economies.

Dr. Andy Jarvis

Dr. Andy Jarvis is the Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area in the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and is a Flagship Leader on the CGIAR Research Program for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), based in Cali, Colombia.

Dr. Jarvis has 10 years of experience in cutting edge scientific research in developing countries to support the goals of alleviating poverty and protecting essential ecosystem services of importance to humanity. His research has focused on the use of spatial analysis and environmental modeling to address issues such as agricultural biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and maintenance of ecosystem services.

How to Participate

ICT4D conference participants, Hyderabad-based entrepreneurs, researchers, data analysts, technologists, and interested stakeholders in the agricultural value chain are all encouraged to register today! Please note that space is limited, and you must receive confirmation of your registration from the organizers in order to attend.

We aim to have a diverse mix of perspectives and skills on each team, so even if you’re not an agriculture, environment, or technology expert, feel free to contact us if you want to know if your skills will be a good fit for a team.

If you'd like to participate, please sign-up using the following form and we'll reach out to you!

Resources Kit & GitHub Repository

The Resources Kit for participants is available here. A GitHub repository with materials related to the event is available here.

Social Media


• Follow and tweet the hashtag #hack4farming on Twitter

• Follow @ICRISAT, @aWhere, @ICT4DConference


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