New York hackathon aims to combat world hunger


New York has hosted the Open Data Maker's Hackathon for agriculture and nutrition data.

The Open Data Maker's Hackathon, in New York on 16 September, was part of the GODAN Summit 2016, and was also part of the Open Data Challenge by GODAN, which sees entrepreneurs, marketers, designers, students and coders to uncover new ways to utilise open data to solve challenges in agriculture and nutrition. They also work to enable the open data community, farmers and policy makers to push forward the release, use and management of open data.

For the hackathon, entrepreneurs and/or university students in the 18-26 age group participated in an endurance challenge, creating products and services, building teams, and developing concepts and prototypes. The challenge question for the hackathon was to achieve better collection, utilisation and accessibility of open data on nutrition and agriculture to improve food security and the food system, and ultimately end world hunger.

The event looked at developing solutions that fit in one of five categories: improve growing plant innovations, empower the crowd, improve nutrition and health, delivery climate smart agriculture, and meet the protein frontier.

The grand finale prize of the GODAN Global Open Data Challenge was $5,000 and a trip to the 2017 international food security summit.

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