Hack4Farming Nairobi 2016

Updated on July 27, 2016

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About this Hackathon

This hackathon is being co-sponsored by partners iHub, IOTA, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and aWhere, Inc., the latter two of which partner on the Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design project, alongside Hybrids East Africa Ltd (HEAL).

The goal of the Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design project is to improve food security and rural livelihood among small-scale rice producers in Africa, by developing hybrid rice, with significant yield advantage and creating sustainable hybrid rice agro-businesses to support rice farming in East, West and Southern Africa by determining precise relationships between yield, environment and genetics.

Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This hackathon seeks to bring representatives of seed companies and local technology talent together to brainstorm solutions to some of the industry's greatest challenges.


This event is scheduled to take place from Friday, July 29, 2016 - Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Time Session
Day 1 - Registration and Introductory Session - Friday, July 29th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Event Registration
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Opening Remarks, Partner Presentations & Hackathon Challenge Presentation
Day 2 - Hacking Day 1 - Saturday, July 30th
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Hacking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hacking
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm - late Hacking
Day 3 - Hacking Day 2 - Sunday, July 31st
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Hacking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Hacking
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm Project Presentations, Judging, & Award Announcements
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Post-announcement Networking


This event will be held at Nailab in Nairobi.

How to Participate

If you are a representative of an East African seed company and would like to get involved with the hackathon or the Hybrid Rice project more broadly, we'd love to hear from you. Similarly, if you're a developer or analyst with coding experience and would like to help solve problems in seed markets, your skills are needed!

Resources Kit

The Resources Kit for participants is available here.

Social Media


• Follow and tweet the hashtag #hack4farming on Twitter

• Follow @aWhere, @iHub, @aatfafrica, and @iotatoken


You can view the outputs of past hackathons, and the team presentations here.


Contact us if you have a question the FAQs page hasn't covered.