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ICT4Ag: Let's Plug & Play!

On Monday 4 November 2013 at 7:30am, several hundred people from the world of ICTs for agricultural development will enter the doors of the Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, for the start of the international conference ICT4Ag.

This highly anticipated event kicks off with an invitation to participants to get their hands dirty! Plug and Play Day brings together some 35 ICT4Ag innovators and entrepreneurs. They will showcase their latest mobile apps, Web2.0 and social media tools and share with participants how they can be applied to agricultural development. In addition, participants will also get to test-drive the technologies for themselves.

Tuesday 5 November 2013 sees the start of the main conference. The conference is divided into three streams emerging innovations; capacity strengthening and stakeholder empowerment; and enabling environments. In addition to the very many parallel sessions run by a variety of organisations, there are also side events. Details of all of these can be found on the conference website.

The final day of the conference offers participants the chance to see innovative ICT solutions in action on a number of field trips. These include Huguka Radio, an agricultural and rural development radio station and Gicumbi, an individual initiative where university staff (IPB) link with farmers to provide knowledge and farming practical solutions. For more information on the field trips click here.

20 organisations are taking part in the conference exhibition. This is a great opportunity to see what both public and private sector organisations have been working on in this area.

Running alongside the conference is a hackathon. Teams of developers and entrepreneurs will be tackling difficult agricultural issues in a fast-paced competition. The goal is to produce innovative responses to the problems raised. The hackathon blog will have updates on how the teams are progressing throughout the week. http://hackathon.ict4ag.org/

A huge team of social reporters will be covering all activities from 4-8 November. Follow them on Twitter #ict4ag13 and Facebook.

There are several media activities throughout the week. A press conference has been scheduled for 5 November at 12:30. It will be attended by Rwandan ministers Dr. Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, and Hon. Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and ICT, as well as CTA director, Michael Hailu, David Bervinson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alloysius Attah, CEO, Farmerline, and Jennifer Britton from the CARICOM Secretariat.

The six finalists of the ICT4Ag media competition will also be present at the conference. They will take part in the final stage of the competition during ICT4Ag, where they will be judged on how well they cover the topic of ICT opportunities in agriculture, depth of analysis, and the originality of their approach.

The conference has begun!

Click here for information on ICT4Ag.

Follow the hackathon live.

Regular news updates from our social reporting team.

Download presentations.

Click here for information on CTAs work in ICTs for development.

Information for press/media contact Andrea Ricciarelli (media2013@ict4ag.cta.int)