Agriculture is the main economic activity in Rwanda with 70% of the population engaged in the sector, and around 72% of the working population. The agricultural sector accounts for 33% of the National GDP.
Do I have to already have a physical solution to apply?
National Industrial Research and Development Agency(NIRDA) is a government institution that plays a key role: to enable a generation of industrial innovators to become competitive through technology monitoring, acquisition, development and transfer and applied research.
This mission is accomplished within the Joint STEM Lab for Industrial Product Development. Prior to Joint STEM Lab, the STEM Lab box serves as a test environment, an echo chamber for products further developed in the fully built infrastructure. It is a bridge to get the innovators ideas taken to the next level with the support of committed professionals.
One of STEM Lab box functions is to support the innovators to bring their ideas into technology business through the incubation program:
The purpose of this Hackathon is to invent the solutions of future industry, by leveraging technology to solve the current/future challenges of our industries and beyond. These solutions must be useful to private sector, customers, industry leaders or specific focus groups.