agro_hackathon with clients: Apps for agricultural insurance

To help our clients leverage the abundance of remotely sensed data, Swiss Re's agriculture reinsurance team organised an agro_hackathon, gathering client representatives, Java script developers and project managers in Zurich. Participants developed applications to provide farmers with insights on the current crop and weather conditions. The apps, based on Google's Earth Engine, also allow our clients to better manage and efficiently grow their portfolios. The applications ideas were submitted by the clients upfront and all efforts were put into implementation during the event. Multiple feedback rounds within the team allowed to fully tailor the applications to the client's needs.

Four applications

Four applications were developed to allow end-users to use satellite data and perform calculations on Google's cloud. Previews of applications can be accessed by clicking on the project buttons.

Team I: Team Mexico
Project: Jalisco Corn Insurance Platform
Clients: General de Seguros, MAPFRE, ProAgro

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Team II: Team Rwanda

Project: Drought early warning for farmers
Clients: CelsiusPro 

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Team III: Team India

Project: Retail insurance application

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Team IV: Central Europe
Project: Crop development assessment
Clients: Australian Hail Insurance

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The event was a great success. According to Beat Schnegg, Head Agriculture Reinsurance, it provided a unique platform to engage and explore with clients: "The idea of a hackathon - to push innovation at the spot – was successfully embraced. I'm convinced that we are going to replicate this experience in the future."