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Congratulations to this year's winners of Emerging Agriculture, Canada's first and largest agricultural hackathon.

The event took place January 12 & 13 at Co.Labs, Saskatchewan's first technology incubator, at Innovation Place in Saskatoon.

  • 1st Place: CropShot 
    Erik Tetland, Kulani Zwane and Ben Lewis

    The CropShot team proposed an in-field time-lapse photography unit for crop surveillance. Solar powered cameras provide an automated collection of crop images within a robust interface, allowing users to monitor growth and compare inputs.

  • 2nd Place: EcoGenX
    Dallon Leger and Brooke Switzer

    The EcoGenX team proposed an app to track pick-up orders for used grain bags. Clients input their information and request grain bag removal. The app generates a route and an existing company collects the bags for plastics recycling.

  • 3rd Place: Inter-Seed
    Zayda Morales and Mayra Samaniego

    The Inter-Seed team proposed an intercropping app. Producers input key soil data and the app suggests the best varieties for growing two or more crops in proximity. Intercropping can increase crop and soil stability, reduce chemical use and naturally control pests and pathogens.

  • 4th Place: Farms2Forks
    Uchi Uchibeke and David Lutzer

    The Farms2Forks team proposed software that brings farm fresh food to consumers. Users register on the website and specify the food they need. Farms2Forks sources the required producers and food carriers deliver the order.

Winners were highlighted in the Western Producer

About Emerging Agriculture

Emerging Agriculture is an annual event that provides a supportive environment for teams to identify agricultural issues and propose tech solutions.  

In addition to the six-hour hackathon, this year’s event included a keynote presentation from Cory Willness, President and Founder of CropPro Consulting and, and a panel discussion featuring Saskatchewan innovators Kurtis Reid, Frank Su, Ian Meier, Tom Wolf and Stuart Smyth.

Innovation Place was pleased to support this year's hackathon, an event that showcases local innovators and helps grow Saskatchewan's vibrant tech sector.

For more information visit the Emerging Agriculture website.

- January 24, 2018

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