New digital tools to support African farmers created at INSPIRE Hackathons


By Karel Charvat, WirelessInfo and Hana Kubickova, Plan4all

Since 2016, the INSPIRE Hackathon organized by Plan4all has served as a collaborative event for developers, researchers, designers and others interested in open data, volunteered geographic information and citizen observatories. The event brings together specialists from across disciplinary backgrounds to form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively co-create unique solutions to key challenges facing Europe and Africa.

Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 and Kampala INSPIRE Hackathon 2020, organized in the frame of the IST Africa Conference, addressed some of the key topics identified by the IST-Africa conference, such as agriculture, environmental sustainability, collaborative open innovation and ICT-enabled entrepreneurship. While defining the challenges for both hackathons, challenges associated with the climate were not forgotten either.

At the Nairobi INSPIRE hackathon, the team formed around the topic ‘Climatic services for Africa’ aimed to demonstrate several options of meteorological data exploitation…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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