2023 Youth Hackathon for Green Low-Carbon Agriculture

Deadline: 20th of July, 2023

The 2023 Youth Hackathon for Green Low-Carbon Agriculture (#YouthforGLCA) aims to bring forth the creativity and problem-solving nature of young people to provide solutions for global agricultural green development, as well as agricultural carbon emissions reduction and carbon sequestration by adopting innovative and inclusive methods with the sense of “New Technology, New Pattern, and New Service.” To promote and advocate sustainable and green agriculture, all young people are encouraged to contribute wisdom and solutions towards a green low-carbon agriculture society, by the given deadline.

This is a joint effort of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) China Office, the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the Center for International Agricultural Research of CAAS, and the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD). Last year, 2022 Youth Hackathon for Reducing Food Loss and Waste was organized, where the Hackathon has attracted creative proposals from 21 countries. After three rounds of selection, 15 teams from 8 countries made it to the final.

Award and Benefits:

  • A generous cash prize and a certificate provided by the FAO and CAAS.
  • Comprehensive experience of an independent innovation and entrepreneurship activity along with partners who share the same values.
  • Networking with other teams, UN agencies, CAAS, and partners in the field for future collaboration.
  • Feedback and support from industry experts and mentors and gaining valuable insight and ideas on strategic thinking on sustainable agriculture and carbon mitigation under the new paradigm.
  • Inspiring workspace where perspectives from different cultural backgrounds are welcomed.
  • Referral to pursuing educational opportunities for graduate or Ph.D. degrees in CAAS, and preferential access to internships within the Center for International Agricultural Research (CIAR).

Selection Criteria:

The selection committee is composed of experts with various backgrounds, team counselors, and innovation as well as entrepreneurship mentors with experience in reducing food waste and management. Judges are from leading international and national organizations such as the FAO, CAAS, and other partners. The projects and their proposals will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • (i) Creativity and innovation,
  • (ii) Possibility of landing and scalability,
  • (iii) Sustainability,
  • (iv) Business model,
  • (v) Use of open data,
  • (vi) Technical difficulties,
  • (vii) Design and user experience, and
  • (viii) The effects when applied or demonstrated.


  1. Participants will form teams of 2-5 people depending on the needs of their projects.
  2. The team lead must be below 40 years old.
  • Awards are given on a project and team basis. An ideal team should have the following professional background or competencies:
  • (i) Practice/experience related to sustainable agriculture, especially carbon mitigation,
  • (ii) Information technology/software engineering/data engineering,
  • (iii) Project management, and
  • (v) Marketing/New Media Communications.

We encourage teams to be inclusive and create equal opportunities for all, including women, to take key roles in the team. We support interdisciplinary teams to take advantage of their knowledge and skills to offer innovative solutions grounded in practicality.


Please complete the application as a team, and send the requested materials to (cc to with the title “Submission: 2023 Youth Hackathon Competition” by 20 July 2023, 23:59 (GMT+8, Beijing Time).

  1. Application form (scan the QR code below for access)
  2. Innovative solution for green low-carbon agriculture with materials and templates (scan the QR code below for access).
    1. Project proposal in Word format, not exceeding 15 pages, with the main text in Times New Roman, font size 12, double-spaced, and demonstrative pictures, information, guide, and tables.
    2. PowerPoint presentation based on the above proposal, which should not exceed 20 slides.
    3. The innovative solution shall cover:
  • Summary of the solution (Introduce the team’s ideas and what contributions will they make on reducing food losses and waste? Up to 250 words)
  • Problem identification (Analysis of challenges relating to carbon mitigation)
  • Vision, Mission, and Values of the program (describing the agricultural and rural activities/sub-fields it targets)
  • Elaboration on the program’s impact on carbon reduction in the agricultural and rural sectors (achieving a target of XX tons of carbon reduction or carbon sequestration)
  • Societal and economic methodology and technical models (explaining how the target carbon reduction and sequestration is calculated and how it will be achieved)
  • Financial situation (capital raised, capital needed, revenue analysis)
  • Phased development planning (what is the potential contribution of your project 3 years later? How do you plan to achieve? What are the milestones?)
  1. Video presentation (5 minutes)
  2. Introduce your team (1 minute). Name, role in the team, education, experience, and qualities or skills.
  3. Specify why your team should be selected by presenting the solution chosen by the team, ensuring consistency with the content of the PowerPoint (4-5 minutes).
  4. Upload the video online to a video sharing platform (YouTube, Google Cloud, Youku, Baidu Cloud or other platforms). Please share the link to the video in the application, ensuring it can be downloaded.

Click here to apply 

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