Best farm tech ideas showcased at Hackathon
The winning team of the Agtech Hackathon showed that computer people can help farmers with on-farm technology, say judges.
Smart-farm Solutions, a Manawatu group of technology innovators, won the event with an automated system to control electric fences, gates, water flow and to identify system problems.
Finalist ideas included roaming pasture robots, flying sheep-dog drones and smart apps to help with areas such as electric fencing and water supply, to grass monitoring and weighing livestock.
The Agtech Hackathon saw teams of students, start-ups and tech whizzes come up with a range of hi-tech solutions to tackle common issues that New Zealand farmers face every day.
Microsoft’s New Zealand’s national technology officer Russell Craig said the company identified the rural economy as a huge opportunity for technology.
‘‘It is exciting. There is so much potential.’’
As the winner of the Agtech Hackathon, Smart-farm Solutions, will now be supported by Microsoft to develop inmarket products based on their prototype and to pursue other business opportunities.
A Smart Farm Solutions team are the winners of the Agtech Hackathon.