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AgTech Summit

Agriculture, technology & the exponential growth of an Australian industry

13-14 March 2018 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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From game changing start-ups that have global potential utilising vertical farming, robotics and emerging technology, the industry is being challenged to change with traditional methods being enhanced with the greater use of that technology. Over the two days, the inaugural AgTech Summit will explore how technology is revolutionising a traditional Australian industry.

In 2016, global investment in agtech was $A3.2 billion and there was a 10 per cent increase in global venture capital deals, according to AgFunder’s AgTech Investing Report 2016.

With the opportunity on our doorstep and global demand for fresh food expected to increase by 60% by 2060, our established trade relationships with China and India will greatly assist us in those emerging markets that are consuming a greater amount and larger variety of produce. Australia has the potential to be a global supplier for this demand and with the opportunity to develop technology that can cater to these exponential figures, AgTech should be the priority of our government, industry and investors alike to realise the economic benefits of the digital technology revolution.

No industry will be left untouched and a traditional Australian industry has the potential of evolving to be global leader in agricultural technology. We have a long history of embracing technology in this sector, but there is an urgency to realise our potential at one of the most exciting times where convergence is key.

Together with our partner SproutX and Cicada Innovations we will cover:

  • Vertical Farming
  • Precision farming
  • Farm to fork
  • IoT
  • Robotics
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Supply chain tech
  • Yield management
  • Supply chain automation
  • Provenance


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Andrew Lai

Executive Director, SproutX

George Peppou

Accelerator Lead & Mentor AgTech Programs, Cicada Innovations

Dr Bronte Adams AM

Board Member, Innovation & Science Australia

Dr Tobias Peggs

Co-Founder & CEO, Square Roots

Andrea Koch

Principal, Andrea Koch AgTech, Board Member, National Farmers Federation

Ron Mack

Commercialisation Advisor, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science

Dr Mirjana Prica

Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia (FIAL)

Paul Martyn

Deputy Director-General, Innovation, : Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games

Professor Salah Sukkarieh

Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney

Spencer Maughan

Visiting Fellow - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, United States Studies Centre & Partner, Finistere Ventures

Peter C. Rohde

Vice President, Agribusiness Intelligence – Informa

Dr Angeline Achariya

Chief Executive Officer, Food Innovation Centre, Monash University

Russell Lyons

General Manager, NEOGEN Australasia

Francisco Caffarena

Investment Manager, BridgeLane Group

Richard Heath

General Manager Research Australian Farm Institute

Associate Professor Leanne Wiseman

Griffith University Law School & Associate Professor Jay Sanderson, USC Law School

Sanjay Mazumdar

CEO, Data to Decisions CRC

Dr Rohan Rainbow

Project Leader - Accelerating Precision Agriculture 2 Decision Agriculture, Consultant, Cotton Research & Development Corporation

Hollis Ashman

Enterprise Director, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Dr Maddie Judge

Academic - Management & Marketing, The University of Melbourne

Cameron Neil

Co-Founder, Ethical Fields

Professor Sean Sands

Associate Professor of Marketing, Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology

Garry Gale

Head of Agribusiness Development & Asia Desk,Agribusiness, National Australia Bank

Dr Anastasia Volkova

CEO & Founder, Flurosat

Dr Peyman Moghadam

AgTech Cluster Leader, CSIRO Data61

Ben Wark

Regional Director - Enterprise, Digital & IoT, Brightstar Corporation

J Matthew Pryor

CEO/CTO, Observant & Chair, Rocket Seeder

Olympia Yarger

Founder and CEO, Goterra

Sarah Nolet

CEO & Founder, AgThentic

Andrew Despi

Senior Manager, Emerging Technology, Commonwealth Bank

John Tindall

Managing Director, Withnell Dairy Company

Bridie Ohlsson

External Relations Manager, AgriDigital

Professor David Lamb

Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of New England

Felicity Turner

General Manager - Customer Experience, The Yield

David Davies

Founder & CEO, AgUnity

Professor Ros Gleadow

Research Lead, Monash University

Associate Professor Alan Dorin

Deputy Dean (Academic Resourcing), Faculty of IT, Monash University

Professor Jeffrey Walker

Head of the Department, Civil Engineering, Monash University

Jesse Reader

Agriculture Sector Specialist, Robert Bosch Australia

Michael Dean

Co-Founder & CIO, AgFunder

Dr Andrew Moore

Leader, Digiscape Future Science Platform , CSIRO

when & where

13 - 14 Mar 2018

Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
328 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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