UCE Disrupt Challenge

The Ag-tech Shake-Up is an in-person event open to all Canterbury-based tertiary students. In teams, you will work together over two days to come up with an innovative technology or identify new value-add sustainable products in the food, fibre and agritech (FFA) sectors. Your idea could be anything from a fabulous new food or fibre product, a ground-breaking underlying technology, or solutions to assist on-farm automation and decision making. 

The Challenge will run over 2 days: Friday 25 September & Saturday 26 September 2020. During the weekend, you will get coaching from B.linc Innovation and UCE staff and receive mentoring and input from industry experts. The Challenge is the perfect opportunity to meet some new people, hone your skills, build your CV, experience some new ways of working and have a real impact in Canterbury!

On the final day of Ag-tech Shake-up, your team will pitch your concept to a panel of judges. The top ideas will get a share of the $3,000 cash prize pool as well as the opportunity to enter the ChristchurchNZ Food Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge, to take your ideas to the next level! 

Why sign up?

  • Work in a collaborative environment
  • Meet interesting new people from a range of disciplines
  • Develop your creativity, innovation, teamwork and problem-solving skills
  • Build experience in creating a compelling, professional presentation
  • Network with mentors and experts
  • Have something awesome to put on your CV
  • Get the chance to hone your idea for the big Supernode FFA Challenge
  • Enjoy delicious free food throughout the Challenge
  • Be in to win cash prizes

Who should sign up?

This Challenge is designed for tertiary students of all levels, across Canterbury, from first-year to post-grad.

Do I need a team in advance?

If you already have a team, that’s great -  you can register as a team (3 to 5 people max.). Otherwise, we will organise a team for you. All you need to do is register!

Registrations close at Noon on Monday 21 September.

Who is running the Challenge?

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, B.linc Innovation and ChristchurchNZ are working in partnership to provide this exciting opportunity.

Challenge schedule (UC will provide transport from UC to LU return on the Friday)

  • Challenge Launch: Monday 21 September

    • 4 - 6 pm, online via Zoom

  • Challenge Day 1: Friday 25th September

    • 9 am - 5.30 pm, at B.linc Innovation, Lincoln University Campus (transport will be provided for students in Christchurch)

  • Challenge Day 2: Saturday 26th September 

    • 9 am - 5 pm at UCE, UC Campus

If you have any questions, feel free to email uce@canterbury.ac.nz