Uganda rallies on tech innovators to tackle fall armyworm


KAMPALA, Uganda, —Uganda will on 26th and 29th of June 2018 host the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.

The Fall Armyworm Tech Co-Creation Event will take place in Uganda at the Africana Hotel from June 26-29th and will be packed with innovators, experts, and stakeholders and promises to be an exciting event.

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize seeks digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information enabling smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.

The competition attracted 228 entries, with over 80% entries from Africa. There will be 40 innovators, 2 for each finalist team at the three-day Co-Creation Event in Kampala Uganda, affording finalists the opportunity to celebrate their status and provide them opportunities to continue to develop their prototypes through co-creation and expert advice.

Finalists will participate in workshops, panels, and activities such as business development planning, prototyping, understanding the farmer context and a marketplace where their prototypes will be on display for early feedback, as this will help them improve and further develop their prototypes.

The finalists’ solution titles are as follows: A Mobile Layaway Solution to Combating Fall Armyworm (USA), “Boa me” (Ghana), Africa Rising (RSA), AfriFARM (USA), AGRI-POLL: A smart survey system (Uganda), AL-based Digital Monitoring System (Israel), Autonomous FAW Identification Using Deep Learning (USA), CdPAS Mobile : Crop disease prediction and advisory services on any mobile phone (Ghana), CornBot: Farmers Everyday Virtual Assistant for Sustainable Maize Production (Nigeria), Digicult (Taiwan), EzyAgric (Uganda), Fall Armyworm Identification, Verification and Mitigation through Digital Information (Kenya), FarmSmart Pest and Disease (PAD) app (Nigeria), LEA: Pests? Problem solved! (Uganda), Locsmman Pro/OFES (Ghana), Shape Up Against Armyworm (Kenya), UDefeatFAW (USA), WeFAW Alert and Expert Advisory Model (WeFAW) (USA), and Zaois-Tech (Kenya).