A number of talented Mexicans have been recognized at the regional stage of the Accenture Global Connected Hackathon, a global technology competition.

The hackathon brought together 482 people in 11 cities around the world to develop technology-based solutions in 24 hours that could improve living conditions in large cities, as well as promote more inclusive populations and sustainable urban practices.

In this regional phase, the Monterrey team, which was comprised of students from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, achieved second place for developing an intelligent device that can measure the physical and chemical parameters of crop fields to increase their yield, improving income for farmers and preventing disease through the harvesting of healthier products.

“We are excited to be the national winners of this competition,” said Yves Macias, one of the members of the Monterrey team. “This hackathon has been a unique experience of innovation, collaboration, and fun. We are very pleased to have participated in a global space and we especially value the knowledge and support of Accenture’s mentors throughout the day, which really made a difference compared to other hackathons we’ve participated in.”

Third place went to Mexico City students from the Higher School of Computing of the National Polytechnic Institute, the Universidad Panamericana, and the Universidad del Valle de México. The CDMX team developed “Heroes”, a platform that connects volunteers, civil associations, and companies to take advantage of the talent and support that people can bring to different types of social causes.

“We learned a lot from this experience,” said Mariana Zarate from the CDMX team. “As a team, we all felt great working in this competition, and we received a lot of support throughout the process of project development. Each time a mentor visited us, we could improve something, and the result was a mixture of many ideas that were enriching each other, allowing us to create a solution that seeks to impact thousands of people.”

In total, 71 talented people from Mexico City and Monterrey worked in 15 multidisciplinary teams made up of students and graduates in systems engineering, business, marketing, and design.

“Accenture’s Connected Hackathon is an example that empowers young people’s entrepreneurial spirit, where different profiles come together to find solutions to big problems that we all suffer from, while helping the community grow, being efficient, and reducing the carbon footprint through the use of new technologies,” said Víctor Melgarejo, Director of the Innovative Entrepreneurship Area of ​​Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey Campus.