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The #Hack4Ag hackathon aims to empower Ugandan youth and encourage agricultural improvements.
#Hack4Ag Uganda: Developing ICT Tools to Empower Smallholder Farmers
June 20-24, 2016Kampala, Uganda

#Hack4Ag Uganda has been rescheduled to June 20-24, 2016. 

Please continue to check this page for the latest updates and contact Maureen Agena (magena@worldbank.org) or Jeehye Kim (jkim15@worldbank.org) if you have questions.

The Hackathon is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR), the Government of Uganda and the Government of South Korea to develop ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Ugandan agriculture. #Hack4Ag aims to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and youth engagement in agriculture through technology.

The Agriculture Cluster Development Project (ACDP) is a new program from the Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries, and Fisheries which will provide assistance to farmers to intensify production of key farm commodities (rice, maize, cassava, beans, and coffee).  Participating farmers will be given support to scale-up their use of modern inputs and become more effective in the marketing of their harvested products.  Farmers will also be given decision tools to help them maximize returns on their operations.  The proposed hackathon will be used to develop some of the decision tools to be used by farmers under the ACDP.

Questions? Contact us:

In Washington, D.C.

· Jeehye Kim jkim15@worldbank.org

· David Neilson - dnielson@worldbank.org

In Kampala, Uganda

· Maureen Agena magena@worldbank.org


Market Prices

Tired of being exploited by middlemen, the farmers said that they need accurate information on Market prices for their farm products. The information has to be relevant to their localities and shared whenever it is needed.

Data Collection on Pests and Disease Outbreak

It was evident that for most, pest and diseases attack their produce without warning. They lamented about making losses as a result of ignorance on the various pests and diseases and would like data collected and shared about them. This they expect to save them from both pre and post harvest losses by enabling Information sharing among farmers and Agriculture experts.

Technology Localization

The farmers are trying their level best to embrace technology in order to improve on their livelihoods. However, they are still ambushed by challenges of adapting to the technologies acquired. Phones come with manuals and interfaces that are largely in foreign languages. With the increased literacy rates, many are now demanding for local language alternatives.

Weather Information

Farmers say that information about weather patterns is so scanty and highly unreliable when received on television or radio. They want a solution that can link them directly to the meteorology center in order to receive close to accurate information on weather especially the rain and dry seasons, which they say have changed so much over the past 3 years.

Location Specific Cropping Calendars

They are interested in knowing more about cropping calendars for their locations. Take the example of rice, a lot of value would be obtained if they had clear guidance on the phases of growing rice from when to prepare the garden, plant, weed, add manure, harvest, sort etc. The same can be said of other crops like maize and cassava.

Mentors and Judges
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    Arnold Bababsa

    Arnold Bababsa is a founder of Tailored Technologies, a creative web design agency, focused on unique, stylish and usable experiences across a multitude of verticals, mediums and devices. He spent the next 4-5 years building websites web applications for clients such as Airtel, NSSF, Diageo, UAP Insurance and many more. Such apps included Human Resource Management Systems, Social Applications (apps leveraging the power of Social Media), Mobile Phone Applications, Database Systems to name a few. Within these years, Arnold has also worked for companies such as the National Information Technology Authority (NITA), The Uganda Communications Commision (UCC) and the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics. Arnold received hlods BSc in Information Technology and has undertaken a Software Engineering course aw well as the Nokia Mobile Application challenge, at Makerere University.
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    Khatukhira Bernard

    Khatukhira Bernard is currently a Business Development Manager at Core Identity Uganda Ltd where he manages the human resource in Business Formations and Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analysis. He is Research Consultant in small and medium size enterprise (SMEs) with Natural Enterprise Finance Marketing Agency (NEFIMA). He is a farmer and an out grower with Kinyara Sugar Works (One of the biggest Sugar companies in Uganda) since 2002, currently rearing chicken, pigs, and goats, grows maize and beans for sale on large scale. He also grows arable crops like cabbages and eggplants. He sells his produce to the locals within the districts. He has adopted technology in his faming but thinks there is a disconnect between farmers and developers. He holds a Bsc in Architecture and a BA in Business administration.
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    Mutembesa Daniel

    Mutembesa Daniel is a Project Head & Lead Researcher for an Adhoc Surveillance Project focusing on the smart-phone application tool kits that has been developed by the mcrops team to facilitate and provide automated diagnosis and improved vector & symptom measurement for Cassava viral diesease and pests it also looks at crowdsourced Crop health data through an Ad-hoc Surveillance system. Daniel is also an Instructor of Oracle & Database Systems Eng. at the Department for Professional Skills Development, Makerere University and an Assistant Tutor of Dr. Ernest Mwebaze at the Department of Computer Science College of Computing & information systems at the same University.
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    Evelyn Namara

    Evelyn Namara is the Co-founder and CTO of !nnovate Uganda, a technology company that is helping social and humanitarian organizations adopt technology in their programs. !nnovate's flagship product is the electronic Voucher system that they've implemented with MercyCorps for a USAID program that works with small holder farmers. Over 60,750 farmers are beneficiaries of the USAID's GHG program and have been empowered to redeem seed crops from agro dealers using the electronic voucher system. Prior to !nnovate, Evelyn has also worked as Country Director for Solar Sister, a social enterprise that empowers women with economic opportunity, Regional Director , East Africa for Beyonic Limited and Implementation Manager for an education technology startup social enterprise based in Bangalore, India. She's passionate about technology for development, tech innovations and enabling women in technology. He holds a Bsc in Computer science and has done a number of certified courses. She is a lead trainer for ARIFNIC around the African Continent.
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    Janet Achora Cox

    Janet Achora Cox has over 20 years experience in working in the Knowledge Management sector, ICTs and Agriculture extension, Rural Development and Gender in Development. Over the last 16 years she has conducted consultancy assignments within the East African region with National and International teams. She has vast experience in the Knowledge management Field, Organizational development, Program management accumulated during my work experience in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Cox has an MSc in International Community Economic Development from Open University of Tanzania/Southern New Hampshire University, U.S., and is currently pursuing her PhD in Agricultural and Rural Innovations at Makerere University.
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    Jeehye Kim

    Jeehye Kim is an Agricultural Specialist at the World Bank, where she co-leads the Community of Practice for ICT in Agriculture. With a technical focus on the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for agricultural development, Jeehye helps World Bank’s missions and projects around Africa Region, and globally. Her work includes helping WB’s client countries find ways to use ICT-enabled approaches to increase their projects’ success in sustainable and scalable ways. Applications include mobile enabled agriculture extension services, mobile money, e-vouchers agricultural inputs, market price and weather information systems, as well as applications to help small holder farmers’ access to market and services. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2011, Jeehye worked in both public and private sector in Korea and the U.K., respectively. In the private sector, she built expertise in consulting for the high-tech and telecom sectors, as well as electronic commerce and e-government. Jeehye holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Glasgow and she was a Chevening Scholar to U.K.
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    Fredrick E. Kitoogo

    Fredrick E. Kitoogo, PhD, PMP, ITIL, ISO 20000, CGEIT, enjoys over 25 years’ experience and a rising ICT, Research, Innovation and Project Management Executive known for cutting millions in IT expenditure and driving business innovation leveraging IT Governance, Project Management, Data Science, and Risk Management techniques to accelerate business growth and gain competitive advantage. Possesses multisector enterprise governance, compliance and business transformation expertise. He serves as Director of Planning, Research and Development at the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda (NITA-U). Fredrick is currently in charge of developing Uganda National Information Technology (IT) Policies, Standards, Processes, Procedures, and Guidelines; monitoring the utilization of IT in the Public and Private Sector; a Certification framework of IT Products, Services, Training and Professionals; the IT Project Management Methodology; IT Research & Innovation and supervision of National IT Capacity Building. Fredrick has held critical leadership roles with leading agencies including the Uganda Judiciary as CIO. He offers deep research expertise and has published widely in several international Journals and presented at several international conferences in the area of ICT. He also lectures and supervises students pursuing post graduate studies. Fredrick serves on the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RiLab) Innovation Advisory Board.
  • 1st Place Winner
    The winning team at the hackathon will be given an opportunity to further develop their winning prototype applications for uptake under ACDP. Support will be provided.
  • 2nd and 3rd Place Winners
    Second and third place teams will receive further mentorship opportunities from South Korea.
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  • #Hack4Ag: Supporting the youth of Uganda and encouraging agricultural improvements through information and communication technlogies.