Media Advisory: Hawaii’s First Agriculture-Tech Hackathon Wraps Up, Solutions to be Presented and Awards Announced

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in News

Hawaii Technology Development Corporation
Media Advisory: January 12, 2018

The AGathon, Hawaii’s agriculture-tech hackathon, kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 6 with more than 80 people forming teams to develop technology solutions to problems affecting the state’s agricultural sector. Farmers, researchers and agronomists in the local ag industry met with developers and technology innovators to ask for help with the following challenges: reducing food waste and increasing value-added food, improving traceability of contaminated produce, analyzing and visualizing relevant ag data, reducing ag crime and crop theft, and assisting farmers with limited English-speaking ability.

Teams of software and hardware developers, aloing with business development experts are competing to find solutions to these challenges with apps, hardware, data analysis, and other innovative means. The AGathon concludes on Sunday, Jan. 14 with team demonstrations, judging and awards.

AGathon 2018

Saturday, January 13 (Hackathon): 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, January 14 (Demo Day and Awards): 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Impact Hub Honolulu
1050 Queen St. #100, Honolulu

This event brings together Hawaii’s growing startup, technology and developer community to drive innovation and sustainability in Hawaii. The AGathon springs from the concept of hackathons, like the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge, problem-solving events where creative individuals form teams and develop solutions to problems.

Teams are judged on the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing their solutions and are competing for cash prizes and mentorship opportunities from seasoned ag-tech entrepreneurs to take their solution concepts to the prototype and demonstration levels.

Experts in each subject will judge the proposed solutions and include the following:

  • Robyn Pfahl, the Department of Agriculture’s Hawaii Farm to School Coordinator, will facilitate the food waste initiative.
  • Ken Nakamoto of the Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Development Corporation will handle the English as a second language section.
  • Rob Barreca, director of Farm Link Hawaii, will work with teams analyzing and visualizing relevant data.
  • Luisa Castro of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Food Safety Program Manager will handle food traceability.
  • Brian Miyamoto, executive director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, will facilitate the ag crime initiative.

This free event is sponsored by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Ulupono Initiative, the Transform Hawaii Government Coalition and Hawaii Open Data.

For more information and an event schedule, visit

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About HTDC (Hawaii Technology Development Corporation)
HTDC is a state agency, attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). HTDC’s mission is to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s high technology industry. HTDC is providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii’s economy. HTDC’s 80/80 Initiative is to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs that will provide high paying jobs for Hawaii residents.

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