November 22 & 23, 2019

The Future of

Forestry &  Agriculture Hackathon

 A 24-hour competition to generate innovative projects for the industries that drive our rural economy.

  • FREE to participate, your expertise, a laptop & we’ll supply the rest
  • Collaborate in 3-5 person teams to develop an innovative idea
  • Free food, cash and prizes! 

The Prompt:

In Vermont, what does the future of the forestry industry look like?

A Hackathon…

Brings together teams that compete to spontaneously develop (“hack”) solutions to a specific problem over a brief, intense period of time. 

How It Works:

On Friday night, teams will assemble and spend the next 24 hours working to ideate, refine, and develop a project that could transform the forestry and agriculture industries in Vermont. After an all-nighter and solid day of work, each team will present their project to a panel of judges who will determine the winners and award prizes.

We are encouraging diversity of background in our hackathon teams. You don’t need to be tech savvy to participate, although each team will be required to have one technical person involved who can help deliver a technical aspect to your project. See FAQ’s below for more information about team formation.

All work must be done at the event. We don’t expect the project to be fully functional by Saturday evening, but we want to be able to see your idea in the form of a prototype.

    Hackathon Schedule

    Friday, November 22

    • 5:30 PM – Team selection and problem statement
    • 6:30 PM – Begin hacking, ideate solutions
    • 12:00 AM – Midnight snacks
    • 12:30 AM – Keep hacking or go home, your call

    Saturday, November 23

    • 8:00 AM – Day 2 Kickoff, updates, coffee & bagels
    • 9:00 AM – Continue hacking
    • 4:30 PM – Team check-ins and start building presentation/pitch
    • 6:30 PM – Pitchoff & Project showcase
    • 7:30 PM – Awards

    Prizes & Awards

    More than $2,500 in prize and cash!
    All hackathon participants will receive a swag bag.

    Judges

    • Matt Clark, Whiteout Solutions
    • Christine McGowan, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
    • Bradley Beth, Northern Vermont University
    • Evan Carlson, Do North Coworking

    HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need a team to sign up?

    Not at all! If your team isn’t ready to go, you can sign up as an individual, or with a partial team. Before the hackathon begins, we will ensure everyone is a part of a team.

    How much does it cost?

    It’s FREE to participate. Many thanks to our sponsor for making this possible!

    I’m not tech savvy. Can I still be on a team?

    Absolutely! In fact, we want teams to include a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences.

    Will food be provided?

    We will provide food, snacks, and drinks for you throughout the weekend, free of charge. Please note any special arrangements or dietary restrictions on your application, so we can make sure to get you something you can enjoy.

    Do I have to stay up all night?

    It’s up to your team. You can choose to stay all night to work on a solution, or take intermittent naps.

    How many people can be on a team?

    Teams are limited to a maximum of 5 people, but we recommend teams of between 3 to 4.

    Are there prizes?

    Yes. The judges will choose a winning project, and there will also be a “hackers-choice” award, where participants get to pick their favorite project. We’ll announce prizes soon, and they will be awesome!

    Where is the hackathon?

    The hackathon will be hosted at Do North Coworking, located at 930 Broad Street, Lyndonville, VT 05851.

    When is the hackathon?

    It will be November 22 & 23, kicking off at 5:00pm that Friday.