AgHack Challenges & Prizes

We’re proud to announce new eight challenges 

Together with the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), we have endorsed the presented challenges for their relevance and value to the industry – giving them market for commercialisation from the start.

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The Prizes

Data Available to Participants



Grading grain at the farm gate

How might we better: grade and sort grain on the farm before the point of delivery to maximise the return for farmers?

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Where did my lamb chop come from?

How might we better: track and provide feedback to lamb producers and processors to maximise price and customer satisfaction of meat?

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Monitoring the rangelands

How might we better: monitor the condition, health and usage of WA’s remote rangelands??

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Connected sheep

How might we better: link ewes and lambs on the farm to prevent them being stressed when separated, and connect breeding and productivity data to make better breeding decisions?

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Identifying and predicting pests to protect WA

How might we better: detect pests through photographic evidence to improve WA’s biosecurity?

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Whose grain is that?

How might we better: track grain from individual farm properties through the supply chain to improve food safety and protect access to markets?

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What to grow and when

How might we better: choose the best cropping mix to optimise long-term land sustainability with seasonal economic return?

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Making sense of agricultural data

How might we better: collect and collate farming data from different sources in different formats to enable better decisions and precision agriculture?

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See the prizes

First Prize Winners

  • $5,000 in cash prizes sponsored by DPIRD
  • Fast-tracked to the Plus Eight Accelerator boot camp in 2019
  • 3-month membership at the Combine AgTech Hub in Perth City
  • 5 hours of professional industry mentoring
  • Access to Spacecubed’s amazing mentors supported by DPIRD

Best Young Team

  • $500 in cash sponsored by DPIRD
  • 6-month membership to Bloom Labs

Challenge Winners

  • 1-month membership at the Combine AgTech Hub
  • Discounted access to the Plus Eight Academy

Supporting Prize

  • Curtin Ignition Scholarships

Supporting Prize

  • Discounted access to UWA Innovation Quater co-working space

All Participants

  • 1-month membership at the Combine AgTech Hub
  • Discounted access to the Plus Eight Academy

Like the challenges?

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a team. All you need is excitement and a great idea. We’ll cover the rest.

Data Available to Participants

DPIRD eConnected Grainbelt Project’s Applications Programming Interfaces (APIs) will be opened up during the Hackathon event and available for participants to work with during the event. The eConnected technical team have developed six APIs, two of which have already been released – the Weather API and the Radar API.

Note that newly released data will be announced to registered participants


Weather API

DPIRD manages 175 weather stations weather stations in WA. These weather stations provide timely, relevant and local weather data to assist growers and regional communities make more informed decisions. This data includes air temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed wind direction, and most stations also measure incoming solar radiation.


Radar API

DPIRD are providing this data through a shared collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). This API provides users with rainfall estimates at a 1km2 resolution for the areas of the Grainbelt covered.

The remaining four new APIs are expected to be announced/ launched at the “Hackathon Challenges Launch Party”. If a Minister attends then the plan is to ask if they can announce the four new APIs in their speech. The four new APIs include – Soils, Pestfax Map, Science and Organisms APIs.



This API looks at the different percentages of ‘soil supergroups’ that are likely to be in a certain area. The API provides an aggregation of the soils, as to what soils are likely to be there.


Pestfax Map

The Pestfax Map shows occurrences of pests and diseases that are reported throughout Western Australia. This API is a reporting service for pests and diseases threatening crops and pastures. This is already available to some third-party integrators.



This API provides the ‘back end’ to the Rainfall to Date, Potential Yield, and Soil Water tools already available on the DPIRD website.



This API will open access to The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL), which provides the status of organisms which have been categorised under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 (BAM Act)

Datasets organised by SPUR powered by Landgate

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