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HONOLULU — A mobile app that diagnoses plant diseases called Dr. Green is what came out of the 2017 California Ag hackathon, and now the chance to create something innovative is on Hawaii’s doorstep.

Hawaii’s Agathon is a chance for brilliant minds to converge and use technology to further the state’s agriculture industry and the focus is on creating apps that will change farm processes.

Starting Saturday, Jan. 6, Hawaii will be hosting its first agriculture-tech hackathon with the goal to move the state toward food sustainability.

The event will be held on three days over two weekends: on Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jan. 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Jan. 14 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hackathons are problem-solving events where individuals form teams and develop solutions to specific problems.

Teams have a set time limit for creating prototype applications and the event kicks off with challenge pitches from the agriculture industry and concludes with team demos, judging and awards.

Cash prizes and mentorship from seasoned ag-tech entrepreneurs are up for grabs.

The free event is sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.


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