AI Fertigation

by The SwitchMed Initiative - The Switchers Eco-Innovation program

   Cairo, Egypt

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The SwitchMed Iniative


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How can we implement AI technologies to build a fertigation unit?

Would you like to employ your skills to help farmers and landowners in Egypt? In collaboration with the SwitchMed Initiative - The Switchers Eco-Innovation Program, we are looking for talented engineers to build an AI model for a fertigation unit to be implemented on cultivated lands to help farmers improve their techniques and save effort.

Submit your innovative idea to manufacture a fertigation unit for a chance to win 1,250 Euros, 3,750 euros in agile support services, and a chance to win a voucher for 10,000 Euros in services for the best idea provided by the SwitchMed Initiative and If you’d like to partner with us, please read on for more details! 


The SwitchMed initiative aims to achieve a circular economy in the southern Mediterranean by changing how goods and services are produced and consumed. Accordingly, the program provides tools and services directly to the private sector, supports an enabling policy environment, and facilitates the exchange of information among partners and key stakeholders.

Agriculture has been the main driving force in Egypt for decades. Almost 12 percent of the country’s GDB comes from the agriculture sector. Egypt has an 88 percent food self-sufficiency rate. Also, it exports some of its agricultural output.

Modern technological leaps drive agricultural goods regarding quality or quantity, but localizing these technologies is quite a challenge. Most technologies are foreign, which makes them unreachable for an extended sector of local farmers and landowners. According to their challenging financial circumstances, farmers and landowners look for local alternatives with high efficiency and reliable results to improve their cultivation.

The Challenge

The challenge is to design an automated AI fertilization and irrigation system for ReNile that makes a decision on its own for the irrigation schedule 


  • Air temperature 

  • Air humidity 

  • rain

  • radiation 

  • wind speed 

  • wind direction

  • pressure 

  • water temperature, 

  • Water pH

  • Water electric conductivity 

  • Soil temperature 

  • Soil moisture 

  • Soil pH

  • Soil electric conductivity 

  • Soil nitrogen 

  • Soil phosphorus

  • Soil potassium 

  • Plant type

  • Plant Age 

  • plant area


How much fertilizer is to be pushed into the irrigation water? and how much water to irrigate the plants.

The proposed solution should demonstrate the following methodology:

  • Describe your idea while stating your approach.

  • Ensure compatibility and editability

  • Provide validated data for various cultivations.

  • Clearly outline your expected budget. Include the implementation timeline

  • Low-cost and easily maintainable approach.

  • Define your idea’s success metrics and why your approach  should be chosen

How to participate?

  1. Submit a complete application form before the deadline of 9/11/2023 11:59 (GMT+2). This idea should include an uploaded, detailed proposal demonstrating how the outlined criteria will be met.

  2. The shortlisted candidates will be chosen based on the innovativeness of their solutions and will be invited to present their ideas in an online pitch competition. 

  3. The best winning idea will be chosen by the SwitchMed representative. 

Reward and Conditions

The shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to present their ideas in an online pitch competition attended by The SwitchMed representatives and’s team.

A total reward of 1,250 EUR, 3,750 EUR agile support service and a chance to win a voucher for 10,000 Euros in services for services provided by the SwitchMed Initiative - The Switchers Eco-Innovation Program and to the best winning solution.

As per’s  Terms and Conditions and in case the intellectual property rights are not registered, the innovator should not disclose any sensitive unprotected information. Meanwhile, they should include all technical details required to judge the technical validity and feasibility of the solution. 

You can submit a solution at any time. Before doing so, we strongly recommend you read the rules and FAQs.

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