Improve Life Challenge: Hack The Farm

The 2020 Improve Life Challenge focused on the agricultural and food industry in a climate of change.

The agricultural and food industry is changing with aging demographics, shifting rules and regulations, advancements in technology, and pressure for sustainable business practices, to name a few of the industry's most wicked challenges.  We're all facing these challenges together and looking for solutions.  Enter, the Improve Life Challenge: Hack the Farm where we brought together community, industry, and academia to explore these challenges and possible solutions.

The Improve Life Challenge: Hack the Farm was a one day immersive experience where interdisciplinary student teams worked together with community partners to tackle real problems and come up with possible solutions.  At the end of the day, student teams presented their solution in a pitch-style competition.  Want to read more about the event?  Check out the recap below:

Read the 2020 Recap

Farmtario Coverage of Improve Life Challenge

Meet Our Improve Life Challenge 2020 Community Partners and the Challenges they Submitted!




Why take part as a student next year?

As a student:

Build your resume.  Challenge yourself to make a difference. Within your teams, you will propose sustainable solutions to real world problems. This is an incredible opportunity to gain practical skills and discover your own ingenuity.

Connect with like-minded people. Not only will you gain valuable experience working in teams, you will also meet and connect with people with similar interests and goals. 

Become a leader. This isn’t a course. Each team is required to independently manage their project and must conquer all of the challenges that arise along the way.

​WIN PRIZES. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place student teams will take home monetary prizes of up to $1600!

Application deadline will be posted in the Fall 2020.


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