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January 18, 2018

Hackathon for Hawaii agriculture yields valuable crop

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Published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on January 18, 2018

The first-ever hackathon to improve Hawaii agriculture using computer technology has produced a smart camera prototype that could be valuable to the state’s biggest coffee farm.

A team with members from Oceanit Labs, Kauai Coffee Co. and Kamehameha Schools won first place and $3,000 in what was dubbed the AGathon for developing a camera trained to count and categorize coffee cherries as they are mechanically harvested so that fewer unripe cherries are collected.

Fred Cowell, general manager of the coffee farm, said with some doable improvements the camera system could be ready for use on the 3,000-acre farm by the start of this year’s harvest season and improve the annual crop yield by $250,000.

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