Meet the regional winners of the 2013 ICT4Ag Conference Hackathon

The regional winners of the hackathon organised in the framework of the 2013 ICT4Ag Conference were announced at the Awards and Closing Ceremony of the event, on 7th November in Kigali, Rwanda. This concludes the first phase of the Agrihack Championship.

Meet the winners in this article.

1st Prize: Ensibuuko, from Uganda (won 5,000 Euros + smartphones + incubation)


Representatives of winners and the Outbox hub manager receive the trophy won by the team from Hon. Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda

The team is composed of Opio Obwangamoi, Gerald Otim, Kalinzi Kalinzi, Winnie Uhoozi, Angella Nkalubo.

Supporting hub: Outbox Hub 

Product developed: Ensibuuko App

Ensibuuko  is a web and mobile application that enables Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS) of smallholder rural farmers mobilise savings, receive and disburse loans easily and quickly using SMS and Mobile Money. The system enables farmers to register using SMS, save, receive and pay back loans using Mobile money. It enables members build trust in their SACCOS as the system promotes transparency and accountability.

1st Runner-up: AgriVAS from Ethiopia (won 4,000 Euros + smartphones + incubation)


AgriVAS team, and their supporting hub, received the trophy the team won from Hon. Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT (MYICT), Rwanda

The team is composed of  Nebiyou Yirga Wolde and Dr. Abeselom.

Supporting hub: IceAddis 

Product developed: AgriVAS

AgriVAS is an information resource center for farmers. It delivers information to the farmers via radio, sms and Internet. Farmers register using their feature phones to get content via sms where the app interprets the message and reads the message to their native language as it would alleviate the illiteracy issue.

2nd Runner-up: Agrinfo (won 3,000 Euros + smartphones + incubation)


This all girl team, accompanished by the manager of their supporting hub, received their trophy from Qureish Noordin Mohamedin, from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

The team is composed of Rose Peter Funja and Grace Sylvester Makanyaga.

Supporting hub: Buni hub

Product developed: GIS for plots

The Agrinfo developed web based and mobile geographic information system platform for mapping farms and lands.

Prizes for each supporting hub: 3,000 Euros

Each hub having supported the winning teams also won a matching grant of 3,000 Euros and a trophy. They will incubate each winning team for a period of at least 6 months, in order to help them finalise their products and strengthen their business model, so that they prepare the launch of their operations.

The AGRA has funded part of the hackathon costs and Microsoft for Africa offered smartphones to winners.

All national winners (teams) will also receive each a cash prize of Euros 800.

More information

The 2013 ICT4Ag conference hackathon (also called “Agrihack Championship“) has been organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI, Rwanda) and with the support of the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT, Rwanda), AGRA and Microsoft Africa. It was technically managed by mLab East in liaison with CTA. ICT innovations centres from East Africa were invited to present teams, selected trough a national hackathon or selection event, which participated in the regional finals. Selection events or hackathons were organised in the participating countries in October 2013. The challenges on which applications have been developed were identified during a planning meeting in which several key national and international stakeholders participated.  The regional finals gathered nine (9) teams from six (6) countries and included advice and training from mentors and judges, experts in the ICT, agricultural and business sectors. The following activities were facilitated: advice on business models, awareness raising on what investors want, pitching training, exchanges with agricultural stakeholders, fine-tuning of products developed, public pitching before conference participants and application assessment by the judges. Most activities of the regional finals were hosted at kLab, Rwanda ICT innovation centre.

The Agrihack championship will now enter its 2nd phase (incubation for winners and relevant follow-up activities). More information on the activity are available here.