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Hackathon Agro 2017

Applications now open for the Hackathon Agro. This activity will take place once again this year on 9 and 10 September at ExpoPrado.

Hackathon 2017

The Hackathon Agro is an activity where multidisciplinary teams made up of entrepreneurs, academics and agricultural experts join forces with the sole aim of resolving challenges that the Uruguayan agricultural sector faces through the use of technology.

On 9 and 10 September 2017 the British Embassy, ARU, Cuti and Fundación da Vinci will co-organize the 2nd Hackathon Agro at Expo Prado 2017. This will be an open competition for teams of researchers, entrepreneurs and experts in information technology, agriculture and business from all over the country to participate in.

The challenge will be to present a business model and a minimum viable product or prototype, in order to solve one or several agricultural problems in Uruguay through the use of technology. These challenges will be given to participants for resolution on the first day.

The prize will be air trip and four-night accommodation to attend the conference “Game Changing Technologies for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy” and visit Harper Adams University.

Hackathon is a horizontal and intensive dynamic where participants use individual experiences and skills for the purpose of developing concrete solutions together. Joint work amongst peers for the resolution of problems is promoted. It focuses on the work process as a learning opportunity and is highly dependent on the motivation of the participants. It also provides an unique occasion for creativity.

Applications are now open. Find out more and sign up here.

Watch video summary of HackathonAGRO 2016

See the Hackathon 2016 media coverage

Hackaton 2016 Media Coverage

Media Coverage of Hackathon 2016 (PDF, 1.07MB, 6 pages)

Target audiences


30 young university students and/or professionals in the areas related to Information Technology (engineers, programmers, developers, etc.), Business (economists, administration, accountants, marketing, etc.) and Agro (veterinarians, agronomists, etc.)

Mentors and jury

Top entrepreneurs and references of the productive sectors involved in HackathonAGRO 2017.

General public

More than 400,000 attendees who visit Expo Prado annually will be able to access the pavilion where HackathonAGRO 2017 will be developed.

Objectives of Hackathon Agro 2017

• promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in agricultural production

• find an innovative / commercial solution to a real social problem of agriculture in Uruguay

• promote joint working amongst peers

• strengthen multidisciplinary work between industry, academia and government

• show the potential and development of the ICT industry in Uruguay

• to promote the British experience as partner of choice when it comes to innovation and agriculture

• replicate a high-impact activity with those actors that drive innovation, where universities, independent professionals, national and international companies and government are included

Dates and places

Rural del Prado, Montevideo 2017  
Coaching workshops 6 and 8 September
HackathonAgro 9 nd 10 September

About the organisers

British Embassy Montevideo

We represent and promote UK interests by working in a professional and transparent environment in Uruguay. We work together with Uruguayan stakeholders to achieve our shared political goals, build our commercial relationship and develop strong bilateral ties between both nations. We support British companies and work with strategic partners in Uruguay and the UK to strengthen the bilateral relationship.


The Rural Association of Uruguay, founded in 1871, is the oldest agricultural institution in the country. It is private, non-profit, and nationwide and represents producers and rural associations. Its purpose is to defend and promote the interests of agricultural production and industries derived from and dependent on agriculture. It represents rural workers at human, ethical, cultural and economic levels and is there to provide unity and harmony in the industry. The Uruguayan Rural Association organises, among other events, Expo Prado (112th year), the International Livestock Exhibition and the Agro industrial and Commercial Exhibition.


Cuti is the Information & Communication Technology association of Uruguay. It is a non profit entity, of private character and was founded in 1989 to represent companies in this sector. It currently has more than 350 companies offering products and services to more than 52 markets. Its mission is to boost the development and growth of the ICT industry through the development of its partners.

Fundación da Vinci

Fundación da Vinci aims to strengthen and expand the entrepreneurial culture. It does it through different initiatives in the year as workshops, programs and meetings. In addition, from the incubator da Vinci Labs it accompanies entrepreneurs in early stages to enhance their business and equipment.

Published 24 July 2017