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Badir Program to launch the first agriculture-tech hackathon in Saudi Arabia

Farmers harvest corns on a farm in Al-Kharj, 77 km (48 miles) south of Riyadh December 20, 2013. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser (SAUDI ARABIA – Tags: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS) – RTX16PEM

The agriculture sector contributes to the provision of 25% of all food available for consumption, $14.13bln to the gross domestic product

King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), represented by the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators, and in collaboration with Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Community “Mojtamae”, will launch the first agricultural hackathon in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in September.

The agricultural sector is one of the main pillars for supporting the Vision 2030, as the sector contributes to the provision of 25 percent of all food available for consumption, SR53 billion to the gross domestic product (equivalent to 4 percent of the non-oil GDP), and employs 450,000 people across the various regions of the Kingdom.

The “Agricultural Techniques Hackathon” will be held on September 26-28, 2019 in the Al-Qassim region and is open for participation by programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, web developers, owners of innovative Ideas and specialists from GCC and Middle East markets.

The Hackathon will consist of three tracks comprising marketing and growth, management and follow-up of agricultural projects, and use of Artificial Intelligence and data in pest and agricultural control. A jury will review the most prominent ideas and solutions provided for solving the challenges facing the agricultural sector.

The outstanding projects within the three tracks of the Hackathon will be included into Badir’s dedicated plan with its accelerators program, who will be provided with a range of advisory services and intensive programs such as training, workshops, guidance to develop entrepreneurial innovations and transform them into real projects within 90 working days, and up to the incubation of the projects to ensure their success.

Nawaf Al-Sahaf, the CEO of Badir Program, said: “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program aims to adopt a more sustainable, productive, and efficient food system. Our joint ‘Agricultural Techniques Hackathon’ with Mujtami will help generate fresh innovative ideas and solutions to transform the existing food system in the Kingdom, which will lead to reduction of natural resources waste, increase in the efficiency and quality of production, and higher economic return.”

He added: “We are delighted to organize the ‘Agricultural Techniques Hackathon’ that aims to encourage and support creative ideas coming from young minds as well as unlock the benefit of new digital solutions to positively impact the agriculture sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Prospective participants can subscribe in advance via the Hackathon subscription link https://www.badir.com.sa/ar/qassim-international-hackathon.

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