Center for Digital Agriculture


Students in the new Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course work over two weeks of lectures and hands-on activities on various topics revolving around digital agriculture. Students will be mentored by faculty and staff members from the crop sciences, animal sciences, and computer science departments in multiple activities on topics like computer coding, data science, IoT, and modern remote sensing technologies. This course is designed to integrate various disciplines, and the discussions are centered around a variety of real-world problems. On the last day of the course, participants will be challenged to develop a solution to a digital agriculture problem in an inspiring 24-hour Hackathon.


We invite you to apply to the Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course if you are:

We strongly encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups, under-resourced communities, first-generation college students, students currently attending a high school with historically low admittance rates to top-tier institutions, and/or students with disabilities to apply.

Admission decisions take into consideration your high school grades, essay, and recommendation from a former high school teacher.



The deadline to submit your application and supplemental materials is Friday, July 1, 2022

Decisions will be made, and applicants will receive notification of acceptance status within two weeks of the application date.


The course is a FREE virtual experience. The course dates are weekdays from July 25th to August 5th, 2022.


Morning Sessions: theory and invited speakers

9:00 – 09:10 AM         Morning announcements
9:10 – 10:00 AM         Session
10:00 – 10:30 AM       Break
10:30 – 11:20 AM        Session
11:20 – 11:50 AM         Break
11:50 – 12:30 PM        Session


12:30 – 1:30 PM           Lunch Break

Evening Sessions: hands-on activities

1:30 – 3:00 PM Hands-on learning
3:00 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM Hands-on learning

24-hour Hackathon

Real-world problems that students will have to solve will be released on Monday, July 25th. On that same day, the Hackathon groups will be formed. The Hackathon will happen between 3:30 PM on Thursday, August 4th, and 3:30 PM on Friday, August 5th. At that time, groups will present their findings in a 3-minute presentation, and winners will be announced by the end of the day.