Ag Hackathon Hosts 60 Students at AGCO Corp Acceleration Center
The event presented four ag challenges for students to hack innovative solutions.
This item has been supplied by a forage marketer and has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hay & Forage Grower.AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO), a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment solutions, hosted its first hackathon February 2-3 at the AGCO Acceleration Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The hackathon highlighted some of the prominent issues in the agriculture industry such as connectivity and real-time data analysis, while creating innovative technology solutions for the four challenges AGCO presented to the students.
The ag challenges, created by the core teams from AGCO companies GSI and Precision Planting®, and AGCO divisions Fuse® and Research and Advanced Engineering, were tackled by 60 students split into 14 teams.
"We are thrilled with the outcome of our first hackathon and the talent the participants showed in solving ag challenges. Our customers need solutions that make their farm operations more innovative, efficient, and productive, and we are committed to finding those,” said Matt Wong, director, Fuse Product Strategy, North America.
Each AGCO entity identified a key challenge in the ag industry:
"I've done a lot of hackathons, but this was the first agriculturally focused one I've done. The challenges were really interesting and it was cool that they had real farmers on site who could give us their perspective," said Hanna Parker, Computer Science student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The panel of industry professionals who judged the hackathon were Brandon Dohman, head, Digital Innovation Lab, Syngenta® North America; Lena Head, site director of the AGCO Acceleration Center; and Lance Brown, director of Global Learning and Development, AGCO Grain and Protein.
“The combination of diverse student groups from seven different majors across campus, collaborating with AGCO employees and local farmers, ultimately led them to create more meaningful solutions – but more importantly it yielded a unique cross-functional learning opportunity for all parties involved,” said Ms. Head.
With the successful implementation of the hackathon, AGCO will host more internal and external hackathons to bring together great minds to imagine new smart farming tools that will benefit the customer’s farm operation. AGCO is following up with some of the participants in evaluating the possibility to utilize their ideas, algorithms, and programming codes to solve key issues in the ag industry.
To learn more about AGCO’s hackathon and all the submissions, visit https://agco-accelerator-hack.com/index.html. To learn more about the AGCO Acceleration facility, visit https://www.agcoaccelerationcenter.com. To learn more about Fuse, visit http://www.AGCOcorp.com/Fuse. To learn more about Precision Planting, visit https://www.precisionplanting.com/. To learn more about GSI, visit http://www.grainsystems.com/.