Viva Technology Challenge

Deadline: October 5th, 2018.


How AI can help generate a self-sustaining growth in the AgriTech industry?


Today, the African Agriculture industry is facing challenges such as :

>> the impact and consequences of climat on local agriculture areas
>> the optimisation of limited ressources, weather natural, energy and/or living beings
>> the financing of local initiatives

AI in agriculture represents a collection of multiple technologies able to to help prediction and monitoring functions. Combined with existing systems and human resources, these technologies can help answer those key challenges.


We are looking for AI based technologies, product or services that would:

>> help predict and monitor climatic impacts (using data and predictive schemes…) and/or assets
>> integrate with existing systems and infrastructures, including in limited connectivity areas
>> integrate with existing systems and infrastructures, without needing a significant investment
>> take into account the collaboration between employees and AI, especially regarding skills needed to use/assess/develop the technology
>> support the financement of local initiatives
>> generate a self-running growth engine for AgriTech in Africa


Many key AI applications can be considered for this challenge.

For instance – Connected Machines, IoT Monitoring, Big Data, Remote sensors, Image recognition, Soil & Assets analysis, Weather forecast, Micro-finance solutions…


  • First prize: One exhibition stand for your startup at Vivatech 2019, in Paris
  • Second prize: Pitching slot for your startup at Vivatech 2019, in Paris
  • Third prize: Two Vivatech 2019 tickets for your team


For this challenge we will consider only:
  • Startups from operating in Africa


Only startups can participate in this challenge, meaning:
  • Innovative solution or serviceLess than 5 years of existenceEarly-stage // Seed-stage company


Required format:
  • Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 10 Megabyte – You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video
  • Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) – MAX 10 Megabytes


Application deadline October 5
Organizer AfricArena⎢International Africa Tech Conference
Countries Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Sectors Agribusiness, Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Big data, Fintech, Information technology
Based in Century City, Cape Town, South Africa

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