Challenge #4: ANYTHING AG TECH
As we’ve mentioned, this hackathon is open to any idea related to agriculture. We’re excited to see what you come up with!
Need some inspiration? Here are some ideas you could consider tackling:
Idea 1: Storing and preserving cereal grains
Currently 30% of all cereal grains are wasted every year due to improper storage and transportation methods after harvest. As the world’s population grows and arable land decreases, reducing the percentage of food waste will be crucial. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has databases that monitor and track data from every country specific to these challenges.
Using the CountryStat and FAOStat databases, (other databases can also be used), can we identify where the biggest needs are geographically and what storage method(s) would help best preserve cereal grains in those areas?
Idea 2: Protect the pigs!
Every year hundreds of thousands of livestock and wild animals are killed by infectious diseases. African Swine Fever, for example, kills tens of thousands of pigs across Europe and Asia.
As the demand for protein continues to increase, how can we better protect our domesticated and wild animals without increasing the use of antibiotics? For example, a common biosecurity practice on swine farms globally is “shower in – shower out” where humans visiting this facilities have to shower and change clothes >before entering the barn.
What other technology could be used that could be more effective at reducing or eliminating the spread of infectious diseases in animals?
Idea 3: Measure storage capacity
Understanding the current storage capacity in a specific geographical area is difficult as it currently relies on individual producers and companies to accurately report this data.
Is there a way to use historical satellite imagery to accurately assess the amount of storage in that area by comparing historical maps to current ones and examining changes in storage facilities?
Idea 4: Reducing Energy Footprint
Energy consumption is one of the largest costs to livestock producers globally. Collecting methane off of animal waste has been one way producers have tried to reduce their energy costs. What other technologies could be used to reduce energy costs on livestock operations?
Here is the most recent study specific to swine production