Final call for applications to Durban Agrihack Talent Challenge

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Global organisation the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has issued a final call for applications for the Durban Agrihack Talent Challenge, with teams standing the chance to win up to EUR14,000 (US$15,287) in prize money.

The AgriHack Talent initiative, now in its third edition, encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised.

For this edition of the event, the focus will be youth ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture,  with the aim of supporting youth livelihoods and innovations in the agro-food sector.

Students and young professionals residing in South Africa are invited to create multidisciplinary teams, comprising of ICT and agriculture specialists, to compete in one of three categories: climate change; startup; or agricultural magazine. 

Teams competing in categories one and three will make use of climate change and agricultural open data during the hackathon, while experts will be on hand to all competitors throughout the event to advise on business management, ICT service development and agricultural challenges.

The winning team in each category stands the chance to win up to EUR14,000 (US$15,287) in prize money, as well as mentorship and incubation after the hackathon. Successfully completed products will also be promoted through various channels following the event.

The hackathon will be held in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 2, 2015.  Applications are open until November 8, and can be submitted here.

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