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AgTech Startup Hackathon 2024

By AgX Escondido and Fresh Brewed Tech on March 7-9, 2024

by Neal Bloom

The AgX Escondido and Fresh Brewed Tech are partnering to bring the AgTech community together! See more details here.

By bringing together farmers, technologists, community leaders, engineers, and more, we hope to better understand today’s agriculture and food system problems and build solutions together with our local customers for the world.

San Diego, and specifically Escondido is one of the densest farming communities in the state. No better place than to mix our agriculture and tech communities!

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Who Should Attend

  • Farmers
  • Employers
  • Technologists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Developers
  • Scientists and more…

Why You Should Attend

  • To advance your innovative idea into a business
  • To help connect and grow the AgTech ecosystem, right in the City of Escondido.
  • To see the new potential Escondido AgTech Incubator
  • To meet mentors, investors, possible co-founders, and employees

What You Should Be Prepared For

  • Be prepared to lead a team with your idea or join a team where you believe in their idea
  • Be prepared to test assumptions and learn to ask questions
  • Be ready to work on your idea from Friday to Sunday in a team environment

AgTech Event Timeline

Whether you want to field a team at the Hackathon, join the opening ceremony social, or watch the closing pitch competition, there are events for everyone. See the agenda below!

Day 1: AgTech Community Social and Hackathon Kickoff

Thursday, March 7, 3 – 9 p.m.

  • Community social/networking, with food and drink
  • Company exhibitions
  • Keynote talk
  • Presentation of ideas by attendees and group up into teams
  • Orientation on how to progress your idea over the course of the weekend
Day 2: Let’s Get Down To Business

Friday, March 8, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Breakfast for teams and mentors, intros by mentors
  • A talk on how to do customer development
  • Teams go out and get feedback from customer development (2-4 hours)
  • Lunch
  • Come back to analyze results and mentor office hours
  • Analyze learnings, build an early prototype
  • Start putting together presentations and pitch practice

Day 3: Show Us What You’ve Got!

Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Breakfast
  • Put together slides, more mentor office hours
  • Pitch competition presentation with judges, scoring, and prizes ($10,000+)
  • Lunch/social/networking

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