Innovation comes from solving a problem in a new way and a fresh perspective often helps. There are some big challenges facing the agri-food industry and traditionally innovation in this sector takes time to come to fruition.
So to speed up the ideas generation Agri-Tech East has teamed up with Allia Serious Impact to host a hackathon called >sudo : grow.
This event will run this year instead of the GROW agri-tech business plan competition which has successfully identified a number of promising early stage businesses.
There is much work to be done to turn the output of a hackathon into a business idea but several early stage agri-tech companies, such as Entomics which is using black soldier flies to produce protein and POM which is encouraging natural pollinators, have grown out of student challenges.
For more information about how to register go to www.sudochallenge.com