Under the Patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Berytech Lebanon organized the second Agrytech Hackathon on the weekend of April 20th, 2018. WHAT IS AGRYTECH HACKATHON? The Agrytech Hackathon is a fun and engaging 3-day event, that brings together makers, innovators, entrepreneurs and young professionals from various backgrounds. In 48 hours, teams work on a solution for a challenge in the agri-food sector, prototype it and then pitch it to a panel of judges to have the chance to win cash prizes as well as the chance to join the Agrytech Accelerator program. THE WINNERS AND THEIR CHALLENGES IO Tree, represented by Christina Chaccour and Nisrine El-Turky, coached by Debbane Agri Technical and Development Team, Ziad Ghanem and Gilbert Medawar won the first place and a prize of $6,500 at the Agrytech Hackathon 2018. IO Tree is a startup that designed a machine connected to a wireless sensor network that monitors the presence of the red fruit fly and inform the farmer when the best time to spray is. The team had a functioning prototype to demonstrate in front of the judges and audience and will now have the chance to take their startup and idea to the next level. Winning the first place allowed IO Tree team to be pre-selected to join the second edition of Berytech’s Accelerator Program that started on June 2018 for a period of 1 year giving the winners access to up to US$100K in support and grants. There were two winners for the second place, team Agry Mac with Abbass Al Hajj, Elie Said, Marc-Halim Matta, and Engema Succar – an application that will detect and/or predictillness in trees soil and plant and team Zaatine with Sarkis Khatecherian, Nshan Karoghinanian and Fadi El Hajj – a machine that solves the challenges of separating Zaatar leaves from the stem. They won a shared prize of $4,500 and are also pre-qualified to attend the boot camp part of the Agrytech Accelerator Program. We look forward to participating and supporting continuous innovative and brilliant ideas. We wish as well the Agrytech Accelerator Program participants especially IO Tree team coached by Debbane Agri Technical and Development Team the best of luck in their upcoming challenges.
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