Agriculture plays a significant role in the Cambodian economy, and Geeks in Cambodia has previously covered how various innovative individuals have utilized technology to support this sector. For one, we have the Team Rat Hunter that is developing a device to help ease the rat issues faced by Cambodian farmers, along with AgriToday, an online e-magazine that provides information on the latest agriculture developments.
As these projects have proven, technology has the potential to further aid in this field, and today we will be presenting to you an exciting challenge that seeks to cultivate this creation of agriculture technology (agritech).
Organised by TRYBE and Engineers Without Borders and in its 2nd edition, the Agriculture Innovation Challenge is a MAKERthon where participants undergo a human centred design process to understand the needs in the Cambodian agriculture sector, and from there, curate solutions.
This event is aimed at students, change makers, designers, engineers, industry specialists, inventors and innovators of all ages. There, they will have a golden opportunity to learn about the design process from experts, understand issues in agriculture through engaging with agriculture specialists, meet teammates with different skill sets, and develop and design prototypes with the support of engineers.
The unique point of this challenge is the fact that it focuses on the building of an actual physical prototype. As such, at the end of this 3-day MAKERthon, participants will pitch their business models and showcase the products they have created to a panel of judges and audiences.
The previous edition of this challenge in June 2017 saw participants addressing the issue of food security and safety in our Kingdom, and a showcase featuring final prototypes such as a soil testing device that would test soil moisture, pH and NPK levels so that farmers can have the data to make proper decisions on fertilizer usage. Another product presented was a low-cost mango-drying device that would ensure that small scale dried mango producers could produce mango in a sanitary and controlled environment.
With the 1st Agriculture Innovation Challenge already producing such creative products, we are definitely looking forward to what this upcoming edition would present to the AgriTech scene in Cambodia.
Not to mention, aside from having the opportunity to meet and glean new knowledge from experts of the field, winners of this Agriculture Innovation Challenge will be invited to the launch of the Mekong Agribusiness Technology Challenge (MATCh) in Siem Reap, an accelerator program by the Mekong Business Initiative for agriculture startups.
Excitingly, they will also receive one month’s free access to TRYBE makerspace where they will have ongoing mentorship and support from TRYBE members and EWB’s team.
If agriculture is in your field of interest, and you would like to create prototypes that would disrupt this scene, then be sure to sign up for this challenge by contacting the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org, 077 757 658, and register here: https://goo.gl/vzYkSv. Limited scholarships are available on a need, merit and commitment basis.
The Agriculture Innovation Challenge will span over 3 days from 1st to 3rd September in the TRYBE Makerspace at the following timings:
Friday – 5PM to 8PM
Saturday & Sunday – 8AM to 5PM
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