WUR Life Science Hackathon

In October we are organising a 32 hours hackathon on the future of Life Sciences. An event to ignite data- and tech-driven collaborations between students, tech entrepreneurs, researchers and domain experts. The purpose of the hackathon is to have creative (tech) talent from different universities and young professionals work on targeted challenges side by side with representatives of leading Dutch agri businesses.

Organised by WUR, FarmHack.NL

Fri 25 October 2019 until Sat 26 October 2019

Venue Forum, gebouwnummer 102


Plant scientists will meet front end developers, animal scientists will meet machine learning experts, and the other way around. Collaboratively we will wrangle data, build prototypes and code API’s to address pressing data issues from the life sciences domain.

The following companies will challenge you to help and cocreate solutions for challenges they are working on: Hendrix Genetics, Unilever, RVO and Lely - in collaboration with Rovecom. The coming weeks the challenges will be prepared and communicated. They will evolve around digital phenotyping, hacking existing feed algorithms and machine data.


Hackathons are a means to encourage collaboration and cooperation to help find innovative uses of data. They are competitions where multidisciplinary teams work on challenges to come up with data and tech driven solutions. In a short amount of time teams design, combine and implement smart and innovative data-driven hard- and software solutions.

We are looking for you!

This is your chance to develop your capacities and to work together with other bright minds. We invite students to take part in this hackathon. The organization ensures well-composed multidisciplinary teams. Each team will consist of:

  • 2 representatives of the company (a software engineer and a business developer)
  • 3 to 4 students / starters (from different disciplines)
  • 1 or 2 researchers from the WUR (domain experts)
  • 1 or 2 FarmHackers (e.g. machine learning, open source expert, front-end developer, app developer, UX/UI designer)

We are looking for highly motivated creative people that are looking for new and exciting learning opportunities. Participants should either have domain knowledge (life sciences) or data/IT skills. Individuals as well as groups can register.

We offer the opportunity to work with experts, a peer-to-peer learning environment and two days to test, develop, and hone your skills while working on real life issues with experts from companies in your field. There will be prize money to allow the most promising teams to further develop their concept. And last but not least: it will be an amazing 2 days with good food & new friends at the WUR campus.


The very first WUR Life Sciences hackathon is an initiative from several WUR Bachelor and Master programmes, like Biosystems Engineering and Wageningen Data Competence Center. Different partners support the initiative, such as DataLab Agrifood, Jheronimus Academy for Data Science and Food Valley’s ICT campus. The hackathon will be prepared and executed by FarmHack.NL.

The hackathon will be part of the pan European Smart Agri Hubs Program.