Hacktivate 3.0: An AgriTech Hackathon by National Incubation Center: Apply Now!

 

The National Incubation Center & Jazz xlr8 invite applications for
Hacktivate 3.0 – a Hackathon on Agriculture

The National Incubation Center and Jazz xlr8 are pleased to announce the launch of yet another exciting hackathon – Hacktivate 3.0, to find solutions in the Agri-tech space. 

The main event is scheduled to be held on the 28th and 29th of November 2020. Applications for the same are closing on 21st November. 

To launch this initiative, the NIC hosted a virtual panel discussion and information sharing session,  moderated by Ayesha Ahmed – CEO PakAgriMarket. Panelists included:

  • Shoaib Zahid – Partner Walled City, 
  • Favad Soomro – Director Engro Foundation, 
  • Khuram Idrees – CEO Neelas, 
  • Haris Javed – Head of Digital Product & Growth Jazz, 
  • Anusheh Naveed – Head of Digitization, Research & Strategy Ubank 

The goal of the hackathon is to find realistic and creative solutions to the challenges facing the country’s agricultural sector. With the vision of expanding the use of technology by encouraging creativity and collaboration and connecting key stakeholders, the NIC has developed this forum to find innovative solutions that can transform the agricultural space in Pakistan and boost the economy.

Zouhair Khaliq said on the occasion 

“We are keen to see young people find multiple solutions for the problems we discussed during the launch event. I challenge you to revolutionize and uplift the agri-sector of Pakistan. Here’s wishing applicants the best! We want to particularly thank all our partners and everyone on the panel for joining us on this endeavor.”

Call for applications

The National Incubation Center, along with its partners, calls out for innovative solutions lying under the following thematic areas:

  •   Technology Innovation
  •   Precision Agriculture
  •   Smart Irrigation
  •   Energy Efficiency
  •   Pesticides and Control
  •   Food and Processing Standards
  •   Warehousing
  •   Livestock Management
  •   Research, Development and Training
  •   Marketplace for Farmers
  •   Food Waste
  •   Miscellaneous/Others

The top 3 winners will get cash prizes, and an opportunity to connect with the relevant stakeholders required to practically implement the winning ideas including investors, public sector representatives & mentors/domain experts. They will also get the opportunity to scale up with the support of donors and acceleration partners. 

Click here to apply right now and become part of the largest Agri-Hackathon in Pakistan. 

Partners

This will be the largest agri-hackathon the ecosystem has witnessed till date with more than 30 partners contributing to the event in different ways. IDG Pakistan is proud to be partners for this national level event. 

The main partners include Jazz, TeamUp, Ignite, Ministry of IT and Telecom, Inspire Mill, as well as Walled City – Kusar Group, Akhuwat Foundation. Additionally, other partners include NIC Karachi, WOWPK, Women in Tech, Radical Growth, Sybrid, Connected Women, DEMO, Code for Pakistan, NIC Peshawar, We Create, PWIC, TiE Islamabad, PMAS, P@SHA and many others.

Mian Talha Nasruddin – Head of Digital Products, Growth & Startup Ecosystem, Jazz comments: 

“At Jazz we recognize the importance of creating opportunity and incorporating trends shaping the future. Agritech holds immense potential for value creation. Through Hacktivate, we hope to identify the most cutting edge and innovative solutions around agriculture. Jazz is committed to supporting the innovation ecosystem through Jazz xlr8, NIC and our partners” 

For more information check out the official website for Hacktivate