[12 March/Stuff NZ]

The annual Manawatū AgTech Hackathon is back as part of the Central Districts Field Days in Fielding this week. Engineers, farmers and IT professionals attempt to find solutions for agricultures greatest issues. Last year, Mitchell Coleman won the competition resulting in a job at Levno from his project creating a project focused on solving loss of water on dairy farms from leaks. There weren’t any water-monitoring systems on the market that could detect a leak, so Mr Coleman set out to design his own. The Hackathon this year includes five challenges set by companies and organisations from across the primary industries. Co-ordinator Johnelle Hosking reported it already has 60 registered participants. The hackathon will run on the 15 and 16 March.