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Hackathon at Agrivision 2017: Data programmers get smart about swine

By Jane Byrne

16-Jun-2017

Hackathon at Agrivision 2017: Data programmers get smart about swine

A group of coders pitching the idea of a data capture tool to link pig feed intake patterns to desirable characteristics at slaughter – Swine Smarts - snatched the top prize at a hackathon event at Agrivision 2017, a two-day conference hosted by Dutch feed manufacturer, Nutreco. 

Five teams spent over 28 hours, data busting non-stop, while eating pizza and drinking coffee, in an effort to come up with tools that, ultimately, would boost efficient in the swine sector.

The teams then pitched their concepts to the conference attendees.

Swine Smarts won the interactive vote and the programmers walked away with the €2,500 prize, and potentially, a commercial product, should they choose to go in that direction, said Simeon Nedkov, chief information officer (CIO) at FarmHack NL.

That company ran the hackathon, the goal of which was to showcase the potential of data and technology to drive innovation in livestock farming.

Nutreco, Agrisyst, ForFarmers, Hendrix Genetics, Nedap and Vion acted as ‘data donors’ for the initiative.

We caught up with Nedkov and hackathon participant, Aaron Ault, a beef cattle farmer and project lead in the Purdue University based Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA), to hear more about the benefits of data sharing for livestock production.

 

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