In order to develop the next generation of farm innovation, it’s going to take collaboration between farmers, entrepreneurs, and technologists. That’s exactly what’s happening in California this weekend as the city of Escondido hosts San Diego County’s first AgTech Hackathon. Neal Bloom is part of the local tech community that is hosting the event.
Bloom… “It's really an ‘idea-a-thon’, and you don't have to have any technical expertise whatsoever. You come either ready to pitch an idea on Friday night or to join someone else's idea. So you team up Friday night and through a curriculum and facilitator and entrepreneur mentorship group, we will take you from Friday to Sunday. Ideate, validate, and iterate that idea closer towards a business by Sunday.”
Bloom said all throughout the weekend, potential customers like farmers and food companies will be there to provide feedback on these new business ideas.
Bloom… “So we're going to have big and small farm owners and managers. We'll also have pretty big sized food production handlers, distribution owners, and as well as on the recycle side of waste and on the energy side too.”
The kicks off this Friday, October 21st. Visit SanDiegoAgtech.com for details.