An Algerian startup, offering solutions based on artificial intelligence to deal with farmers’ problems, won second place in the final of the global Tech4Good competition, Huawei Algeria said on Sunday.
The Algerian team, “FARM AI”, presented before an international jury a project in the framework of the autonomization of agriculture thanks to artificial intelligence consisting of a system which detects early the rust affecting wheat fields using drones, the same source said.
During the final, which took place last Thursday, the Algerian startup won a prize of 15,000 dollars. “FARM AI” will take part with two teams in another competition scheduled for February to obtain a sponsorship of 100,000 dollars, adds Huawei Algeria.
The Tech4Good competition is a new project launched in 2021 by the worldwide telecommunications giant Huawei as part of its flagship digital skills training programme “Seeds for the Future”.
Tech4Good asks students to “identify a social problem and to offer a technical solution based on information and communication technology skills”. The competition is also meant to ” foster leadership and teamwork through group training and competition”.
“Seeds for the Future was launched in 2008 to develop local ICT talent.
In this programme, “young people from all over the world study advanced technologies and gain practical expertise and skills”. The 2022 programme had more than 3,500 participants from over 117 countries.
In Algeria, more than 120 students have participated in the “Seeds for the future” programme, which is now in its 8th year, according to Huawei Algeria.