Hackathons as to the work HACK is scary to many people, while those that seems to understand it tend to believe its just a coding competition for the computer geeks.
Wait, what even is a hackathon?
Hackathons are competitions where people from different backgrounds comes together to solve specific problems.
FarmHack NG brings together Hackers from all works of life to solve agricultural issues in logistics, mechanization, data analysis, and marketing among other things.
A hackathon is a focused attempt to build something cool and/or meaningful in a short amount of time, usually a weekend or 24 hours. At the end of the hackathon, all the participants demo (or pitch) what they’ve built.
So, you’ve decided to attend one. Great! You’re in for a fun ride. “This has been the best weekend of my life!” is an actual quote from a participant in a hackathon we were part of organising.
“we, as human beings, are designed to do hard, meaningful work”. — Jane McGonical
And that’s very often what it feels like to attend…
Tips on what to bring from regular hackathon attendees
Your A-game: More than any other thing you should come with a vested belief, and your confidence to contribute.
Laptop, Phone & Chargers: You are definitely here to hack (find solutions) using curated data and tech, yes, you will need these basics.
Extension cords and/or spare batteries: You can never have enough juice and there are never enough plugs to go around. If you want to make friends fast, bring a power strip
Notebook/scratch paper + pen/pencil: whiteboards/plotters may not be readily available, so you need something to map out your…
Who can attend?
I dont know how to code , can I attend?
Yes , you can attend , join a team and use any skill you have . ( writing, drawing, planning etc)
Do I need to have a team before the day?
How will teams be formed ?
You come, network , talk to anyone you like their idea and form a team.
I have an idea, I don’t have a team , can i attend?
Yes, come pitch your idea , and find a team to build thing together.
I don’t know anything about programming…
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We are delighted to tell the whole world that Kobofarm is live.
KoboFarm is an online classified platform where agricultural products and services can be traded. We are currently focused on African and our starting point is Nigeria.
Kobofarm is more than just a trading platform, we will be giving out several educative signals and materials to help improve sustainable farming in Africa and other parts of the world.
Though we are currently on beta and we will be fully active from 1st May,2016, we are committed to giving our users the best experience.
Thanks for taking your time to read.
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