The CAPSELLA Project organizes its second hackathon and calls for participation hackers, developers or startup companies, who are interested in solving technical challenges in the field of agro-biodiversity.

The second CAPSELLA hackathon will join forces with the 2nd Agrohackathon, which takes place in Montpellier on 1-2 July 2017 just before the landmark conference for ICT in agriculture, namely the EFITA 2017 Conference .

Are you interested in entrepreneurship but you can’t find an interesting idea? Declare your participation to the second CAPSELLA Hackathon on 1-2 July 2017 and join us in solving real challenges and problems that are being faced by local communities in the field of agro-biodiversity with the use of different sources of open data

Registering for the second Agrohackathon and consequently for the second CAPSELLA hackathon is a 3 step process:

  • Register into the Meetup platform. You may already be a user of the platform, so skip this step
  • Register to the MeetUp group. You will have to fill out a few questions.
  • RSVP to the specific event.


Challenge #1

Apps for supporting farmers in performing assessment of soil health

See this challenge

Challenge #2

Apps for handling data coming from participatory experimental fields of farmers belonging to seeds networks

 See this challenge

Challenge #3

Extending the CAPSELLA platform services

See this challenge

Challenge #4

Developing a machine learning algorithm

See this challenge

The second CAPSELLA Hackathon will take place at Hôtel de la French Tech. More details for reaching the Hackathon venue can be found at the interactive map below.

What is the second CAPSELLA Hackathon?

The second CAPSELLA Hackathon is an event that aims to gather participation hackers, developers or startup companies, so as to solve the challenges and problems that are being faced by local communities in the field of agro-biodiversity (e.g. members of agricultural associations and cooperatives, as well as smallholder farmers and other stakeholders involved in food production systems) with the use of open data.

The second CAPSELLA Hackathon is organized by the EU-funded CAPSELLA Project via its partner Agroknow, and it will join forces with 2nd Agrohackathon, which will be hosted at Montpellier French Tech.

What should I build?

You will be asked to select and address one of the challenges proposed by the organizers. You are not authorized to work on your own challenge. Your solution could be an app for addressing the selected challenge, which should use the CAPSELLA Platform Services and the datasets that have been proposed by the organizers in the challenges descriptions.

Who can participate?

The hackathon is open to teams of two to five people including natural person of at least 18 years of age and/or private law legal entities (associations, companies), represented by an individual delegated to participate in this hackathon

How and until when can I declare my participation?

Participation to the hackathon can be declared only via RSVP to this event. You can declare your participation until 30th of June 2017. Please keep in mind that there are only limited slots and the participants’ list will be compiled in a first come first served basis.

How big can my team be?

Each team shall consist of between 2 to 5 people. It’s possible to sign up alone or by team. If you don’t have a team, we will help you to join one.

Who owns the intellectual property generated during the hackathon?

Please see “Intellectual Property” in Terms & Conditions.

What if I don’t know how to code?

You are still welcome! The profile of registrants that we are looking is wide since we are looking for marketers, developers, idea generators, designers or data experts

What are the demos like?

You’ll have 5 minutes to pitch to a panel of judges. You’ll be provided with A/V support, a microphone, and a projector. Judging will be realized on the 2nd of July 2017. Judges will evaluate whether the presented solutions solves the selected challenge. The solution will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (i) originality/creativity (30%), (ii) innovation (25%), (iii) exploitation of diverse open data spurces (15%) and (iv) practical implementation (30%).

How can I reach out to the organizers?

Send an email to or find us on twitter and/or on Facebook.


Information on how to enter the second CAPSELLA Hackathon (the “Competition”) and the prize details form part of these terms and conditions of entry (“Terms and Conditions”). Registration into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Solutions not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions are deemed ineligible.

The Competition is organized by the CAPSELLA Project (which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688813) via its partner Agroknow BVBA (“Agroknow” or the “Organizer”), having its Office at 60 Kapeldreef Str., I&I Center, BE3001, Leuven (Heverlee), Belgium.


The following terms will have the following meaning in the present Terms and Conditions (TCs):

“Competition” means the developer event called “second CAPSELLA Hackathon” organized by CAPSELLA Project via its partner Agroknow BVBA, starting on 1st of July 2017 and ending on 2nd of July 2017 hosted at Montpellier French Tech at 1 place Francis Ponge 34000 Montpellier, Montpellier with the solutions development and announcement of the winner(s).

“Participant(s)” means any individual of at least 18 years of age or company that is registered to participate to the Competition.

“Solutions” means the innovative solutions developed by a Participant during the Competition.


 The Organizer along with other CAPSELLA Project partners will present challenges to the participants in the form of narratives descriptions, along with APIs and datasets for solving these challenges. Participants have to choose one of the challenges presented. Participants are not authorized to work on their own challenge.


The Competition will have two different phases:

  • 1st Phase: It will be the phase during which the challenges will be presented by the CAPSELLA partners to the participants and they will start thinking ideas and design their solutions, so as to address these challenges.
  • 2nd Phase: It will be the phase during which participants will have to develop innovative solutions for addressing the challenges presented during 1st phase with the goal to win a prize following an evaluation by a panel of judges.


Agroknow BVBA is the organizer of the event and it is fully responsible for the event.

The Organizer will be responsible for the Competition and for co-setting up a jury (along with the second Agrohackathon organizers) deciding on the winner(s) of the Competition (the “Jury”).

The Organizer retains the right to change, supplement, add provisions or remove provisions from these Terms and Conditions.


The Competition will take place on 1st of July 2017, starting with a presentation of the challenges and an initial design of solution by the Participants and it will continue on 2nd of July 2017 with the actual implementation of the solutions and the announcement of the winner(s) from the Jury


The Competition is open to teams of two to five people including natural person of at least 18 years of age and/or private law legal entities (associations, companies), represented by an individual delegated to participate in this Competition.

The registration is free of charge. Registration shall be declared only via RSVP to this event, which requires an email address and name. Registration is possible 30th of June 2017.

The number of Participants is limited to the capacity of the venue of the Competition (i.e. Montpellier French Tech). To this end, there are limited participants’ slots and the participants’ list will be compiled in a first come first served basis.

By registering to the competition, the Participant agrees:

  • To abide by all the rules stated in these TCs.
  • To have a proper behavior during the Competition and respect the equipment of the Competition venue, as well as the other Participants. The Participant agrees and acknowledges that any violation or damage of the Competition venue’s equipment or inappropriate behavior to any other Participant will result in immediate disqualification of the Participation from the Competition, and lead to immediate disqualification of the Participant without prejudice to the Organizer.
  • To release and hold harmless the Organizer, its subsidiaries, affiliates and employees from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind, arising from or in connection with the Competition or any prize won. The Participant is responsible for payment of all costs arising from the participation to the Competition.
  • To agree that all decisions of the Organizer will be final and binding on all matters related to the Competition.
  • To agree that all the Jury’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to the Competition.
  • That any photo or video containing his/her likeness or voice, as may be shot or filmed during the Competition, may be published by the Organizer, in part or in full, with or without stating the Participant’s name, on any media, including but not limited to the Organizer’s website and or social media pages, at the Organizer’s sole discretion. This authorization will be given for 10 years and shall be valid Worldwide.


The Jury for the Competition will be comprised of external experts.

The Jury will evaluate the solutions developed during the Competition based on the demonstration and according to the judging criteria, which are listed in section “Selecting the Winners”. In the event of a tie, the Jury will deliberate to determine a winner.

The members of the Jury might change at the Organizer’s sole discretion and upon availability.

In the event of a conflict of interest, a member of the Jury may disqualify him/herself or be disqualified by the Organizer from passing judgment on a particular Participant. Such disqualification shall not affect the judging or review of the Participant’s solution by other members of the Jury.


The final Jury will select the winners of the Hackathon according to the following criteria, each of which will be scored on a 1 to 10 scale. In the event of a tie, judges will deliberate to determine the winner. The solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (i) originality/creativity (30%), (ii) innovation (25%), (iii) exploitation of diverse open data sources (15%) and (iv) practical implementation (30%)
In the final demos, each participant will have 5 minutes to demonstrate their project and 2 minutes for questions and answers with the jury.


The prizes will be awarded on the 2nd of July 2017 and it will be offered by NUMEV


Any data or material provided by the Organizer during the Competition shall remain the sole property of the Organizer and the Participants shall not have any rights in such data or material. The Participants are only entitled to use such data or material for the purposes of the Competition and shall not use it afterwards; this also applies in cases where the Participants have integrated the data and material in their works created during the Competition (“Work Results”).

Participants are duly informed – and acknowledge – that the Organizer does not guarantee the confidentiality of the information contained in Work Results.

The Organizer advises participants to take all measures that they deem appropriate to protect the information or technical elements that they hold and which would likely be the subject of intellectual property rights, prior to participating in the Competition.

Participants undertake to inform the organisers of any intellectual property rights they hold, and which are enforceable against the exploitation of work done within the framework of this competition to meet one of the challenges

The Participants expressly authorize the Organizer, to publish, to communicate, to expose and to disclose, divulgate and represent the Work Results verbally, graphically or in writing, in any medium worldwide and without restrictions in time, and by any means, either present or future, free of charge, in relation to this Competition.

The Work Results shall, in no event, infringe in any manner or induce infringement of any third party intellectual property rights. Should the right from identified third party right owner not be commercially available, the Work Result may not be qualified to win the prize. The Participant undertakes to indemnify the Organizer against all claims asserted by third-parties against the Organizer due to an actual or alleged infringement of rights resulting from the use of the Work Results, as well as against all litigation costs (including reasonable attorney fees) required to defend the Organizer against such claims, unless the Organizer itself is responsible for the infringement of rights by its gross negligence or willful misconduct.


The Organizer is fully entitled to shorten, extend, modify or cancel the Hackathon should circumstances so require without any liability.

The Organizer is fully entitled to disqualify a Participant or a team which does not abide by the Rules or acts in any other way deemed inappropriate by the Organizer; such inappropriate behavior, harmful and discriminating statements, hacking or manipulating or attempt to hack or manipulate the data of the Organizer or other teams.

Participants, who are employees of a corporation, government agency, or an academic institution, are responsible for ensuring that their participation complies with any policies their corporation, agency, or institution may have regarding participation in Competitions of this type. If the Organizer has reason to believe that a Participant violated any of those policies, the Organizer reserves the right to prohibit the Participant from participating in the Competition or receiving a prize at any time. The Organizer is not responsible for any disputes arising between a Participant and his/her employer.


This Competition will be governed by the laws of France. Any dispute arising between the Organizer and the Participants shall be governed by the courts of the France (in Montpellier), excluding any conflict of law provisions.