Chocothon is a collaborative platform, a sustainable innovation initiative that aims to empower and connect cocoa farmers and create new opportunities for them and other value chain stakeholders in cocoa production, reducing supply disruption risks.
With the precious support of the The World Cocoa Foundation, the World Bank and Valrhona, the Google Food Lab (GFL), Future Food Institute (FFI), the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), and the Business School Lausanne (BSL) invite you to a 2-day hackathon to collaborate on creating, prototyping and birthing hardware and software tools which address some of the greatest challenges of cocoa farming.
Teams will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the top cocoa companies, governments and NGOS working on sustainable cocoa during the annual World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting on 25 October.
Join our mission as a Hacker, Designer, Developer, Volunteer and/or Mentor!
For any further information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The winning team will win 3000$ prize to bring their idea to reality!
Climate change and deforestation is threatening the sustainability of cocoa. There is an opportunity for better crop monitoring and agroforestry tracking throughout the cocoa farming process through better data. How might we leverage remote sensors and available technologies to improve data tracking to support decision making and improve transparency?
Cocoa farmers need to diversify their activities, which means producing other crops to make the most out of their lands, enjoy diversified diets, ensure ongoing and regular incomes (outside cocoa seasons) as well as enhance the agricultural biodiversity. In this case they will also need to access market channels that bring them closer to the consumers, and help them secure alternative incomes. How can digital technology help famers get access to the market to get alternative and regular incomes?
Real time communication to and from farmers can improve traceability, farm management, and overall efficiency. How might we create tools that facilitate the coaching and servicing of farmers?
World Bank, Head of Climate Technology Program
Jean-Louis Racine leads the Climate Technology Program at the World Bank. The Climate Technology Program aims to catalyze the launch of competitive green sectors through innovative entrepreneurship worldwide. It includes a network of climate innovation centers and other novel support instruments for spurring green innovation. Jean-Louis’ work at the World Bank has ranged from bird’s eye assessments of national innovation systems to designing national strategies, institutions and local programs and implementing support mechanisms. Prior to the World Bank his experience in product design and innovation spanned a range of sectors, having tried his hand as an engineer in traditional sectors, such as rural micro-hydropower and hydraulic systems, as well as in cutting-edge sectors, such as medical devices and robotics. He co-invented a human performance enhancement exoskeleton which led to a successful spin off company. Jean-Louis Racine holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering a from the University of California at Berkeley, and Masters degrees from Columbia University and Stanford University.
Varlhona, CSR program
Carole Seignovert is Head of Sustainability for Valrhona, a high-end chocolate company selling chocolate to chefs. She’s in charge of Live Long, Valrhona’s sustainability programme. From supporting cocoa farmers to halving the company’s environmental footprint by 2025 or training young people into gastronomy jobs, Live Long’s aim is to embed sustainability at the heart of the company. She started her career in South America. First at BNP Paribas Investment Banking and then as a consultant for TechnoServe, working on Base of the Pyramid initiatives and supporting smallholder farmers with business advice. She then relocated to London to coordinate a multi-million pound Lloyds Banking Group financial inclusion programme and then worked as an International Projects Director for Business in the Community, supporting FTSE100 companies with their sustainability strategy.
WCF Country Director, Ivory Coast
Mentors – Day 1
Valrhona, Taste and Cocoa Quality Department
Pierre Costet has been manager of Valrhona’s Taste and Cocoa Quality Department since 2010.Young agronomist with a specialization in Food Industry, he fell in love with the cocoa in Madagascar, 20 years ago. After dedicating himself to the search and development of the best cocoa beans for the long term needs of Valrhona supplies, he is now managing a team whose sole purpose is Taste and cocoa R&D. This is one of Valrhona’s most specific expertises, which includes creating or developing with Valrhona’s partners innovative flavoured and sustainable cocoas.
WCF Country Director, Ivory Coast
Suzanne is the Director of WCF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program and is based in its Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire office. Following a consultancy career in London with institutions including Type Museum Trust, Whitechapel Gallery and the Ghanaian High Commission, Suzanne began the West African stage of her career in 2009 as Senior Partner Advisor at Esoko, the Accra-based agricultural information service. Specializing in value chain management, she developed and maintained public-private partnerships, while creating sustainable management information systems for partners across the region. Suzanne then moved to the first of a number of major USAID projects, beginning with the Expanded Agribusiness and Trade Promotion Project (E-ATP), where, as an Institutional Capacity-Building Specialist she strengthened the business capabilities and civil society components of the project and its partners across West Africa. At the same time, she was heavily involved in developing advocacy, and in developing sustainable public-private partnerships in collaboration with PPP and access-to-Finance specialists. Suzanne next went on to hold two simultaneous positions with other USAID-supported projects in the sub-region. As Agricultural Trade & Business Environment Specialist for the USAID West Africa Trade Hub – an umbrella organization for a diverse range of trade promotion projects – she was engaged in identifying and developing partnerships between the Trade Hub and private sector stakeholders, national governmental bodies, ECOWAS and UEMOA. At the same time, she worked as Institutional Capacity-Building Advisor to the Borderless Alliance, a USAID-backed private sector alliance of stakeholders in regional trade before joining the Kuffor Foundation in Ghana.
WCF Country Director Ghana
Vincent is the Country Director of World Cocoa Foundation in Ghana and the Country Coordinator of WCF’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program in Ghana and Nigeria. He has been in development practice for about 15 years. In the cocoa sector, he worked with Solidaridad as Country Manager of its Cocoa Programme in Ghana where he helped to establish the programme and raised funding to scale up and expand to Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon. He facilitated the set-up of Kookoo Pa (a farmer organization) and several cocoa sustainability projects for NGOs and private companies such as Cargill, Touton, PBC Ltd. Noble Resources, Transmar, and others. He previously worked as the National Programme Remediation Officer and later National Programme Manager of Ghana’s National Programme for the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Cocoa (NPECLC) at the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, where he set up Ghana’s national remediation interventions towards eliminating worst forms of child labour, and coordinated the development of Ghana’s Hazardous Child Labour Activity Framework (HAF) as the main guidance document for remediation. He started his development practice at Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) where he was a Programme Coordinator and coordinated child labour interventions, youth development initiatives and development research and community development projects. Vincent conducted the feasibility study and co-founded MGI Microfinance in Ghana.
WCF M&E Information Systems Manager
Developing and maintaining World Cocoa Foundation’s monitoring and evaluation data system is Manuel’s main role as the organization’s Information System Manager. He strengthens WCF through his experience of monitoring and evaluation systems and technical proficiency in information management technologies. He has a background of international development work in East and West Africa and natural resource management in Europe. He enjoys data-crunching and visualization with R and Python and built WCF’s CocoaAction Hub and Online Farmer Economic Model together with a team of programmers from BitBamboo (https://hub.cocoaaction.org/econmodel/public/). Besides data science and web applications, he is an avid supporter of open-technology and GIS-mapping. Manuel holds a B.Sc. in International Environmental Management from the University of Cottbus (Germany), an M.Sc. in International Development and Management from the Lund University (Sweden) and a second M.Sc. in Management and Information Systems for Change and Development from Manchester University (UK).
Fair Trade USA, Sr. Supply Chain Manager
Jessica Custer, Sr. Supply Chain Manager at Fair Trade USA, works with stakeholders across agricultural supply chains to achieve and maximize the impact of certification. Focusing on small-scale farming predominantly in coconut and tea commodities, Jessica has trained and collaborated with Fair Trade implementers and representative committees of Fair Trade farmers across Asia, West Africa, and Latin America. Prior to Fair Trade, Jessica’s Fulbright research explored turning waste into money in Peru and her MBA Without Borders experience advising female entrepreneurs on go-to-market business strategies in India developed her unique ability to connect and redesign the dots to optimize for sustainable human and environmental impact.
Fair Trade USA, Business Development Manager
Gesina Beckert, Business Development Manager at Fair Trade USA, supports CPG companies to meet their consumers demand for responsibly sourced ingredients. Gesina has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative primary research, as well as secondary research in consumer and behavioral change space. With a background in business development for consumer tech in Silicon Valley and new to working in the food industry, she brings a fresh eye to tech in sourcing and provides great insights into consumer demands.
Mentors – Day 2
Global Lead on Green Competitiveness, World Bank Group
Jonathan Coony is the Global Lead for Green Competitiveness at the World Bank. He co-leads the organization’s work to support private sector in developing countries to successfully compete in growing climate-related sectors with a focus on innovation. Previously he was the Program Coordinator of the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP) at the World Bank. During his tenure, the program scaled considerably to establish a network of seven Climate Innovation Centers to support firms to innovate commercial climate solutions for local markets and grow their businesses. Over this time, the CTP brought in five donor partners with over $70 m committed. Jonathan has also worked in the World Bank energy sector. Prior to the World Bank, Jonathan worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA) where he led teams to review country energy policies, negotiated with governments on policy recommendations and published books on energy policy. Jonathan was also a financial consultant to the private power sector for over seven years, structuring project finance for greenfield IPPs and acquisitions in the US, Latin America and Asia. In addition, he developed and marketed a renewable energy cooling technology for the Caribbean market. Jonathan holds an MBA from INSEAD (France), and MS and BS degrees in engineering from Brown University (USA). He has written ten books on international energy policy and holds two US patents in clean energy technology.
Prasanna Lal Das
International Development Consultant World Bank Group
Alexandra advises the World Bank InfoDev’s Clean Technology Program (CTP) on best practices to design projects for knowledge and skill development for the program’s global Climate Innovation Centers. She focuses on online knowledge exchange and dissemination of lessons learned from the field. Previously, Alexandra led the delivery of the World Bank’s online course for social entrepreneurs “Innovative Business Models for Better Impact.” She also implemented a service-tracking and monitoring program to enhance local progress monitoring systems in Nepal, Zambia, and Bolivia under the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice. As part of her work with the World Bank’s Rural Alliance Program, Alexandra trained social entrepreneurs and government officials in mechanisms to enhance communication channels between agriculture cooperatives, suppliers, and the Ministry of Agriculture in Bolivia. Additionally, she managed the development and implementation of an ICT-based feedback mechanism to improve communication between citizens and the Municipality of La Paz. Her fieldwork experience includes conducting primary research with stakeholders, identifying and assessing needs and requirements for project development, and designing implementation processes. She holds a Master’s in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Originally from Ecuador, Alexandra is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Anupa A Pant
Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank
Post qualification experience of 15 years of which 11 years in private sector development covering the wider aspects of climate smart agribusiness, climate change adaptation, early stage financing, value chain promotion, gender and social inclusion. Currently I have been working in the field of entrepreneurship and SME development as part of the global agribusiness team with a focus on building the capacity of agribusiness SMEs on technicalities of business, industry expertise, governance and environmental & social standards to help them become investible. Prior to joining World Bank Group, worked as an Sub Sector Advisor in GIZ and as a Relationship Manager at Nepal Investment Bank. Also a business educator, taught Fundamentals of Marketing at Undergraduate level. I hold a Master of Science in Information Systems from Central Michigan University, USA and a Masters in Business Administration from Kathmandu University, Nepal.
publisher at ICTworks
Wayan Vota is a digital development entrepreneur. He has over 20 years experience utilizing new and emerging technologies to magnify the intent of communities to accelerate their social and economic development. He is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International, and previously was the Senior Mobile Advisor at FHI 360. He is also the publisher of ICTworks, the premier community for over 20,000 technology and international development professionals and co-founder of ICTforAg, the largest international conference on the use of technology to improve the lives of smallholder farmers
23rd OCTOBER 2017
10:00 am INTRO SPEECH: FRAMING THE ISSUE // WARM UP! // PRESENTATION OF EVENT AGENDA AND GOALS
10.30 am WORLD COCOA FOUNDATION KEY NOTE SPEECH
11.00am WORLD BANK KEY NOTE SPEECH
12:00 am LET’S HACK! BEGINNING OF WORK // TEAM FORMATION
1:30 pm LUNCH
2:30 pm TEAMWORK
7:00 pm DINNER
24th OCTOBER 2017
9:00 am BREAKFAST & NETWORKING
9:30 am ITC SPEECH
10:00 am TEAMWORK
1:00 pm FINALIZE THE PROJECT
1:30 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm FINAL PITCH
4.30 pm FINAL REMARKS AND AWARD CEREMONY
25th OCTOBER 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Teams will have the opportunity to present their solutions to the top cocoa companies, governments and NGOS working on sustainable cocoa during the annual World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting on 25 October.