The Agrifood TrainHack 2020 Mission: 

Food Agility CRC and UNE SRI are partnering to create Australia’s first-ever Agrifood TrainHack.

This two-day datahack will start on Feburary 13th, when the train departs Sydney’s Central Station bound for Armidale. The event will continue the day after at the University of New England’s SMART Farm.

TrainHack will bring together experts, entrepreneurs, data scientists and future-facing farmers who will explore data and create value for the future of agriculture. Participants will get access to never-before-combined data sets including weather, production and environmental information.

On track and under pressure, the competing teams will be looking for unique data correlations and build innovative solutions that could help the business of farming be more productive and sustainable. On the table is a $20,000 prize pool and hopefully the birth of an idea that will change the face of Australian agriculture.

Agrifood Trainhack is an eight-hour train journey across the Northern Tablelands of NSW, where landscapes will change, ideas will emerge, problems will be solved and the future of Australian agriculture will be transformed.

The opportunity in joining us:

Bring together a talented team (of up to 4 members) or individuals to join the TrainHack. If you are a University you can create a team, or if you are an individual you might like to come and join a team or form your own team. A commitment fee of $200 per individual registration covers your travel, accommodation and meals for two days.

Problem Statements for the Agrifood TrainHack 2020

Agrifood TrainHack 2020 participants will be answering these problem statements that have been built around real datasets that will be released on Wednesday, Feburary 12th at 6pm. 

Coming Soon…

At a Glance

WHEN: Feb 12 – Feb 15, 2020

Wednesday LAUNCH: Aerial UTS Function Centre – 5.30pm

Thursday ONTRAIN: Sydney Central Station – 9.30am

Friday ONFARM: UNE SMART Farms Armidale – 9am

Saturday RETURN: Armidale Train Station – 9am

Accom: UNE Colleges Armidale

COST: $200 per person (Incl. transfers, accommodation and meals*)

Prize Pool: $20,000!

For more information join the Agrifood TrainHack Facebook Group here!

Time until TrainHack 2020








About SRI

Future New England North West.

The UNE SMART Region Incubator puts community first. By focusing on the best possible experience for participants, year on year, we bring together people from diverse backgrounds to problem solve future challenges facing our communities and our New England North West region.

We value collaboration and working hard to build community across organisations and regions so that together we can build a world class entrepreneurial ecosystem of opportunity.

The UNE SMART Region Incubator (SRI) opened in 2017 and supports over 40 startups across the New England North West region of NSW. The SRI provides support, community and connections for founders to grow and scale businesses in a range of sectors including health and agriculture. The UNE SMART Region Incubator is funded through the NSW Department of Industry under the Boost Business Innovation Program; Jobs for NSW under the Local Innovation Network Program and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Expert in Residence Program and the Incubator Support Program.

About Food Agility

Food Agility. Food for the future.

Food Agility CRC is leading the digital revolution for a sustainable food future. We are a $150+ million innovation hub using digital technology to help Australia’s agrifood industry be more competitive and sustainable.

We bring people together from across the agrifood system to broker innovative research, create new technology and services, promote data sharing and showcase agile, design-led methods.

We are funded by the Australian Government under its Cooperative Research Centres Program and by our partners which include agrifood businesses, technology companies, research institutions, agribusiness service providers, and government organisations.