Applications for the VIRAL hackathon will start soon

16.04.2021

IEC Tehnopolis takes you on the best adventure of the spring – the VIRAL hackathon, which will give you the opportunity to test your knowledge and creativity and win valuable money prizes!

If you are a student, and you have knowledge and experience in information and communication technologies (ICT) and agriculture, and a team which can answer the challenge, here is an opportunity for you!

The VIRAL hackathon will focus on the application of information technologies in agriculture through the development of software/hardware solutions for the challenges that agricultural enterprises are facing in. In Montenegro agriculture is still heavily reliant on manual production, while available technical and technological solutions are underused. Solutions created on the VIRAL hackathon will significantly facilitate the operation of agricultural enterprises, as well as open new opportunities for progress.

The hackathon will take place from 17 to 19 May in IEC Tehnopolis and will last continuously for 48 hours, after which the teams will present their solutions to the jury at the Demo Day on May 19.

What are the rules of the hackathon?

At the beginning of the VIRAL hackathon, all participants will be introduced to the problems for which they need to create a solution, and the focus is on two topics:

  1. Optimization of irrigation systems, including specifications of certain plant species;
  2. Measurement of workforce performance.

The solution can be both hardware and software, and teams will also have the support of TechLab Tehnopolis and be able to use a 3D printer to build a prototype.

Mentors from different fields will work with teams to support finding the best solution to defined problems.

The participants will be provided with food and refreshments during the VIRAL hackathon, and a relaxing zone within CODE Hub Niksic space where they will be available to spend their break time.

Detailed rules of the VIRAL hackathon will be presented by the organizers at the very beginning, and yours is only to accept the challenge and bring good energy!

Who can apply?

The VIRAL hackathon is intended for students who will apply in teams, and they need to meet the defined criteria:

  1. All team members must be students;
  2. At least one team member must be a student of agricultural faculty/food technology;
  3. At least one team member must be a student at the Faculty of Information Technologies/Electrical Engineering;
  4. The maximum number of team members is 4.

How can you sign in?

The application link will be available on April 23 and published on all communication channels of IEC Tehnopolis. The first 5 registered teams that meet the above criteria will have the opportunity to participate in the VIRAL hackathon!

The deadline for registration is May 10th at 6 p.m.

The commission for evaluation of applications will be made up of representatives of four partner institutions from Montenegro – IEC Tehnopolis, University of Donja Gorica, Plantaze 13. jul, as well as the Montenegrin Association for New Technologies – MANT.

We’re waiting for you!

Hackathon is organized through the VIRAL project, which is co-financed by EU funds through the Erasmus + programme. The project aims to import and improve cooperation between faculties, students, and the business sector through the use of ICT solutions in the agricultural sector. In addition to IEC Tehnopolis, the project is being implemented by the University of Banja Luka, Donja Gorica University, Dzemal Bijedic Mostar University, University of Mostar, Tuzla University/Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Bijeljina University, University of Wageningen, Maribor University, Bucharest University, Agro-fruit, Jaffa-komerc, Plantaze 13. jul, Western Balkans Institute, Innovation Center Banja Luka, INTERA Technology Park and Montenegrin Association for New Technologies MANT.

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