crowdhackathon #Agrifood: 27 teams participated in the 1st innovation marathon on agri-food

The first innovation marathon on agri-food crowdhackathon #Agrifood organized on the initiative of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food with the support of the technology and digital innovation company Crowdpolicy was successfully held on 5, 6, 7 April 2019. #Agrifood took place at the be finnovative innovation lab.

The goal of the crowdhackathon #Agrifood was to enable the creation of innovative prototype pilot applications that:

  • improve the existing online services and procedures of the Ministry and the supervised entities and propose new ones,
  • create new added value services for the entire agri-food community (farmers, breeders, fishermen, beekeepers, businesses and consumers), and
  • promote innovative business and technology models proposed by new teams — startups in our country.

More than 350 participants attended crowdhackathon #Agrifood. 27 teams presented their innovative applications aiming to promote and boost digital innovation and the upgrading of the Ministry and the agri-food sector services.

#Agrifood started on Friday, April 5th, 2019 with the kick off meeting, during which the marathon process and objectives were presented.

Mr. Christoforos Chatzopoulos, Manager of Business Banking and Retail Loans Division at the National Bank of Greece, which provided the be finnovative space for the marathon, welcomed the participants.

Mr. Christoforos Chatzopoulos, Manager of Business Banking and Retail Loans Division at the National Bank of Greece

Mr. Nikos Antonoglou, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food, addressed a brief greeting and mentioned the importance of open innovation actions and the willingness of the Ministry to systematically support them.

Mr. Nikos Antonoglou, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food

The Crowdpolicy executives Georgios Karamanolis, CTO/CIO, Spiros Kapetanakis, Business Development Entrepreneur and Christos Zacharopoulos, Digital Product Architecture & Services Engineer, presented the process and thematic areas of crowdhackathon #Agrifood.

Mrs. Elena Skatsika and Mrs. Georgia Pappa from the Directorate of e- Governance of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food presented the digital services of the Ministry and the need for digital upgrading to serve citizens and businesses. They also presented internal e-Government infrastructures based on modern open technologies.

Mr. Haris Linardakis, IBM Cloud Manager, briefly presented tools and applications focusing on the utilization of blockchain — DLT technologies in the agri-food sector.

Mrs. Despina Koliarmou, executive of the Digital Channels Division at National Bank of Greece, presented in detail the functionality of the NBG APIs and the developers portal of the National Bank of Greece.

Mrs. Georgia Pappa, Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food
Mr. Haris Linardakis, IBM
Mrs. Despina Koliarmou, National Bank of Greece

On Saturday, April 6th, 2019, the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Mr. Stavros Arachovitis, visited the marathon area and met all the contestants to know more about the applications they implemented and their proposals.

According to a post on the social media of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food:

“He was impressed by the participation, the original ideas and the willingness of young people to contribute to the improvement of the services of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food provided for farmers, as well as the general improvement of the agri-food sector through innovation and new technologies.”

Mr. Stavros Arachovitis, Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Mr. Nikos Antonoglou, Secretary General, Mrs. Elena Skatsika, Head of Department of the Directorate of e-Government of the Ministry, and Mr. George Karamanolis, CTO/CIO of Crowdpolicy.

It is important to mention the active participation of dozens of executives from the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food as well as the supervised bodies, both during the marathon as mentors and during the preparation of the marathon helping with challenges, problems and ideas through the electronic consultation platform (http://hello.crowdapps.net/crowdhackathon-agrifood), developed specifically for this purpose by Crowdpolicy.

The executives of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food who participated in the marathon

On Sunday, April 7th, 2019, the 27 teams presented to the evaluation committee their ideas and the applications they were able to accomplish within three days. It is worth noting that the level of applications was quite high, which made it hard for the committee to select the winners.

The applications covered the full range of needs and challenges of the agri-food sector and the needs of the Ministry and utilized state-of-the-art disrupting technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, open APIs, IoT, big data, drones, AR, VR etc.

The evaluation committee members: Mr. Georgios Karamanolis, CTO/CIO of Crowdpolicy, Mr. Spiros Kapetanakis, Business Entrepreneur, Mr. Dimitris Papanagiotakis, CIO/CTO, CISO of DreamLab Technologies, Mr. Marinos Xinarianos, Digital Services Consultant at Attica Bank.

The evaluation committee members from the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food: Mr. Apostolos Polymeros, Head of the Directorate General for Agricultural Development, Mrs. Maria Mpalatsou, IT Manager at Hellenic Agricultural Insurance Organization, Mr. Spiros Stahtiaris, Strategic Planning and Policy Office at Hellenic Agricultural Organization DIMITRA, Mr. Damianos Alifragis, Head of the Directorate of e-Government, Mrs. Georgia Fouza, Head of the Regional Directorate of Attica and Aegean, Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid

The evaluation committee members from the National Bank of Greece: Mr. Myron Flouris, Business Development Manager, and Mrs. Eva M. Mathioudaki, Executive of the Retail Banking Sector — Corporate Banking & Retail Loans Division.

Out of the 27 teams that presented their applications, three were distinguished and awarded a total of € 6,000.

The first prize, € 3,000, was awarded to the Mcubed team that presented a digital collar allowing breeders to have complete control over the animals at all times.

1st prize — Mcubed

The second prize, € 2,000, was awarded to the Two Bits team that presented Estatify, an application for registering, finding and renting land at a predetermined and limited time.

2nd prize — TwoBits

The third prize, € 1,000, was awarded to the Agrid team that presented the automatic creation of a platform for managing agricultural ecosystem and the Ministry processes, using blockchain technology and blockchain business processes re-engineering tools.

3d prize — Agrid

Finally, we would like to thank all the sponsors for their support throughout the marathon.

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