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The Great Egyptian Water Productivity Hackathon

When October 17-18, 2017 (24 hour event from 12:00 to 12:00)
Where Safir hotel Cairo, El Misaha Sq-Dokki, Giza, Egypt
What Bringing together brilliant minds in water management, ICT, agriculture and graphic design.
Join Register for this free event here


Did you know that in the coming 10 to 40 years will see major challenges in meeting demand for food, fiber and fodder?
Did you know that food demand will rise by 60% by 2050 and fiber by 80-95%?
Did you know that agriculture is by far the world's largest water user with 70% of total water withdrawn per year?

The limits to using new water have been largely reached, and competition between uses and users is increasing. Moreover, other sectors demand more water to be ‘freed up’ from the agricultural sector.

At the same time climate change, including extreme weather events, will impact food production in several ways: unreliable rainfall, higher weed growth due to rising CO2 levels, and a larger incidence of pests may slow down agricultural productivity. Also, greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture – already 14% of the global total – are likely to increase unless farming is transformed.

This is why we need improved agricultural water productivity. Freeing up water now, locked in current low productivity uses, will ensure that water will remain available in the future to meet the increased demand for food, fodder and fiber as well as other uses and will reduce the risk of conflict.


The hackathon

In this 24 hours hackathon a group of brilliant minds creatively start breakthroughs in water management. Through pitches, mini-workshops, and consultation sessions teams work on a range of topics to develop high potential applications based on the WaPOR database and other open access databases. The WaPOR database records water productivity globally to stimulate better water use and to catalyze improvement. The teams are supported by experts from different backgrounds agricultural water management, data specialists, developers, modelers. 

Teams will work together on one topic. Topics that will be covered include are listed, but not limited to, below:

  • Groundwater management in desert areas
  • Water Productivity from centre pivots (circle irrigation)
  • Water allocation optimization
  • Harvest and Water Productivity tracking
  • Farmer crop water management


Water Productivity and WaPOR

Water Productivity is an indicator that links agriculture yield with the amount of water that had been consumed for its production (kg/m3). Assessing land and water productivity gaps are complex tasks that include the monitoring of current level of productivity in various crop production systems, the comparison of such levels to potential ones, the analysis of underlying causes of the productivity gaps and the evaluation of options and workable solutions to reduce productivity gaps in different contexts.

The WaPOR data portal, developed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is a tool that uses satellite data to monitor agricultural land- and water productivity throughout Africa and the Near East. The ability to monitor in near real time aims to assist relevant stakeholders in identifying water productivity gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps to contribute to a sustainable increase of agricultural production and thus food security. In addition, the database will contribute to a more sustainable, productive and climate change resilient way of practicing agriculture, with a reduced impact on the environment in general and on fresh water resources.

Three different datasets (called ‘levels’) will be produced, comprising of several data components. A beta release of WaPOR was launched on 20 April 2017 and provides Actual Evapotranspiration and Net Primary Productivity (Biomass) data with a spatial resolution of 250m (Level I). In a later stage, WaPOR will also provide data at 100 meter resolution (Level II) for some selected countries and river basins, as well as data for selected areas at 30 meter resolution (Level III).Actual Evapotranspiration, Net Primary Productivity, Land cover classification and Above Ground Biomass production will be produced at all three levels.

More information can be found here and WaPOR can be accessed here.



The 3 winning teams will be awarded with prize money. (#3 receives 250, #2 500, and #1 750 euro). The winner receives support to further develop the concept / application. Also, the winner will be invited to the world's largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Applications developed will be made available in the open domain.



Day 1  
1100 - 1200 Registration
1200 - 1300 Official start and opening
- Pitch on Water Productivity
- Pitch on WaPOR – quick scan for Egypt and Region
- Pitch on Water Management in Egypt
- Pitch on Trend in Water Management Globally
1300 - 1400 Market place of ideas – teams forming and discussing
1400 - 1500 Lunch
1500 - 1600 Mini-workshops and consultation sessions with specialists and inspirational persons on request by teams.
1600 - 1900 Teams working – resource persons available
1900 - 2000 Dinner / entertainment
2000 - 2200 Teams working
2200 - 2300 Taking stock of progress/ inspirational entertainment
2300 - 2400 Teams working

Day 2
0000 - 0900 Teams working (breaks in between)
0900 - 1000 Breakfast talks
1000 - 1100 Preparing application pitches
1100 - 1200 Presenting application pitches, jury review, media attention



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The Great Egyptian Water Productivity Hackathon is hosted by the 25% Water Productivity Alliance, RNE Egypt, FAO