A hackathon is an event that gathers the best minds in a collaborative environment with the goal of applying modern technology to solve real world issues. Specifically, we will bring to light prominent issues in the agriculture industry and hope to discover innovative tech solutions to these issues. The event runs through the course of the night to provide hackers adequate time to brainstorm, implement, and iterate on their solutions before presenting to a panel of industry professionals.

The Challenges

AGCO wants to explore how modern technology can solve real problems in agriculture and help our nation’s farmers be more innovative and productive.

While this hackathon is open to any idea related to agriculture, we have four challenges that your team can choose to tackle. Special prizes will be awarded to the best project within each challenge.

  • Challenge #1: Gamifying Combines
    • Help farmers and combine operators use data to be more efficient in the field through gamification
  • Challenge #2: Where Do I Farm?
    • Can you use the latest advances in technology to create a tillable field map and keeps it updated in real-time?
  • Challenge #3: Build Farming Industry Autotrader
    • Build a marketplace where dealers and farmers can buy/sell tractors and other farming equipment. Mobile first? You decide!
  • Challenge #4: ANYTHING AG TECH
    • Be creative and solve any problem in the agriculture industry!

Read more info about each challenge on our Challenges page.

Where & When

Doors open at 10AM, February 2nd, 2019, at the NCSA Atrium.

Hacking ends at 12:00 PM, February 3rd, followed by judging and awards.


Sign up to compete in this hackathon. Walk-ins are welcome, but early registration is HIGHLY encouraged!

First 100 registrants will receive a special gift!


We're giving away some extraordinary prizes for the best hack in each category!

Nintendo Switches, Bose headphones, and iPads are all up for grabs. We'll also have multiple drawings throughout the event for other goodies!


NCSA Atrium

Feb 2nd

10:00 AM Doors Open
11:00 AM Kickoff + Challenge Deep Dive (kinda important)
12:00 PM Lunch + Teambuilding
1:00 PM Hacking Begins
5:00 PM Dinner
9:00 PM Raffle #1
10:30 PM Late Night Snack
12:00 AM NCSA Closes

Feb 3rd

7:00 AM Doors Open
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Raffle #2
12:00 PM Devpost Submissions Due + Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations
2:30 PM Awards + Raffle #3

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