7-8 April 2020, Rotorua, New Zealand
MobileTECH Ag 2020
Brings together 300 technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and the next generation of primary industry operators from throughout New Zealand and Australia. MobileTECH is an annual event showcasing the digital technologies transforming the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors.
Registrations are Open
Registrations are now live and we look forward to another big event in 2020. Special Super Early Bird Rates are available up to Friday 18 Dec 2019. We also have group discounts a new small farmer/producer rate.
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We have an exciting programme planned for MobileTECH Ag 2020.
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Since 2013, MobileTECH has been the only event of its type to bring together the technology leaders from right across the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors under one roof.
MobileTECH Ag 2020 theme is 'Thriving on Smart Data'.
The key message from the last couple of years has been the need to better understand and utilise operational data to make smarter business decisions. New digital technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, The Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics, are driving massive change within New Zealand's primary production sector. Our industry leaders are increasingly working alongside agritech companies to develop the tools necessary to compete in both our local and international markets.
The New Zealand agritech sector, which in 2018 exported $1.4 billion worth of agritech products, is expecting substantial growth in 2019 and 2020. Key initiatives, thought organisations like Agritech NZ and Callaghan Innovation, are building significant Government and international support to further capitalise and develop technologies in this sector. It is an exciting time. It is also an important opportunity to create real solutions and improve productivity within the food and fibre sector.
In total, over 2.7 Zettabytes of data exists in our digital universe, with 90% of it created within the last two years. Next year we will generate 1.7 megabytes per person per second. Less than 0.5% of the available data is being analysed.
The New Zealand primary sector is also rapidly accumulating data. Remote sensors are in our fields, GPS units track our vehicles, UAVs and satellites provide imagery data and electronic tags are starting to capture animal biometrics. Smart companies are using this data to solve real-world issues.
5 key discussions at MobileTECH Ag 2020:
- What are the key digital technology trends and opportunities for the sector?
- How are technologies and innovations are being adopted within agricultural, horticultural and forestry companies?
- Can we learn from recent successful case studies between technology developers and industry producers.
- Is data ownership, transparency, collection, use and security a major issue moving forward?
- As digital technologies transform the industry, how do we integrate the next generation of producers and better engage the existing managers?
Mobile technologies ⋅ Artificial Intelligence ⋅ Machine learning ⋅ Internet of Things ⋅ Blockchain ⋅ Cloud computing ⋅ Automation ⋅ Advanced sensors ⋅ Platform integrations ⋅ Connectivity ⋅ Big data ⋅ M2M ⋅ Robotics ⋅ Satellite mapping ⋅ Communications ⋅ Data ownership ⋅ Apps and more
Technology developers and suppliers – Corporate producers (large scale farms, orchards and plantations) – R&D managers – IT managers – Entrepreneurial operators – Early adopters – Industry consultants – Researchers – Public sector organisations
What Delegates Say
It is the only one of its kind in NZ
This is a national technology event where you will meet future end users
Tech focus, not just farmers
Great list of participants and talks, along with an excellent medium for networking
Reputation – this event has a specific focus on agri sector
We want to be a market disruptor, not be disrupted - MobileTECH is important
I always attend MobileTECH as a regular calendar event
This is the only event that talks tech and application to agri in one place
Have not been to, or come across, anything like this summit before
We have been working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and international primary industry companies, technology developers, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a practical two-day programme for MobileTECH Ag 2020. If you have any questions about the programme, or keen to integrate other activities, please contact Ken Wilson via firstname.lastname@example.org or (+61) 452 262 337.
MobileTECH Ag 2020 Programme
|9.50am||Welcome & Introductions
Session 1: Setting the Scene - Primary Sector, Technology and Global Developments
|10.00am||An international perspective on technology adoption and development within the primary sector
Opportunities and challengesDr Mike Briers, CEO, Food Agility, Australia
|10.30am||IBM is using its supercomputing and AI smarts to change how we understand and forecast weather for rural businesses
Jamie Azzopardi, Oceania Head of The Weather Company, IBM, Australia
|11.00am||A critical update on NZ's international agritech growth - and what this means for the local industry
Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand
|11.30am||Mobile connectivity and rural NZ - what is the current state of play with 4G, 5G and specialised IoT networks and how will this impact the sector in the future?
Craig Young, Chief Executive, TUANZ
|12.00pm||Lunch & Networking
SESSION 2: Tech Futures - what is the next big thing?
|1.30pm||Artificial intelligence - we are only just scratching the surface
Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
|2.00pm||Immersive technologies are changing how the primary sector works, plays and promoted
Tim Gentle, Founder, Think Digital, Australia
|2.30pm||The future of robotics within the primary sector
|3.00pm||Afternoon Tea & Networking
|3.30pm||Special Panel Discussion:
Overcoming the challenges with industry adoption
|4.30pm||TECH Talks: Short presentations on new product innovations
|5.00pm||Refreshments & Networking
SESSION 3: Targeting Big Issues with Technology
|8.30am||Tackling food waste by becoming a data-driven business
Jonathan Morgan, Chief Technology Officer, Autogrow
|9.00am||Case Study: Empowering the worker
How businesses are using head mounted displays and voice recognition software to streamline productivityLance Bauerfeind, Senior Consultant, Company-X
|9.30am||Case Study: Real-world applications for the Internet of Things for primary sector producers
As the compliance regulations increase, whilst still maintaining improvements in productivity, decisions on this balancing act will increasingly be data driven. This will require a massive increase in the number and range of remote sensors providing this data, all the way from the source to the final customer. The presentation will present a number of case studies of some those in the Agritech industry which have started to adopt IoT solutions and how this has massively increased more reliable data records which in turn has reduced compliance costs whilst seeing increasing levels of productivity.Loïc Barancourt, CEO, Thinxtra
|10.00am||Morning Tea & Networking
|10.30am||Inventory Optimisation - using big data analysis to tackle the complex decisions in horticulture
Dean Wood, Business Manager, Cucumber
|11.00am||Case Study: The world's first livestock virtual fence system - tested right here in NZ
Jason Chaffey, CEO, Agersens, Australia and Sarah Adams, eShepherd Global Business Development Manager, Gallagher
SESSION 4: Turning an idea into a game changer
|11.30pm||Showcasing the best agritech ideas from the farmgate
Desi Ramoo, Manager Research Technology & Innovation, Ministry for Primary Industries
|12.00pm||Lunch & Networking
|1.00pm||How will the NZ Government support the agritech sector to increase technology adoption by farmers and growers?
David Downs, Agritech Task Force Lead
|1.30pm||Young Leaders Panel
|2.00pm||Case Study: Taking AI and machine learning algorithms from laptop to industry… and back - an evolution at NZ Plant and Food Research
Peter Jaksons, Data Science Team Leader, Plant and Food Research
|2.30pm||Designing Together - How To Empathise, Understand and Build With Your Customer
What it takes to grow an idea into a businessAndrew Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems + Jeremy Suisted, Innovation Consultant, Rezare Systems
Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
MobileTECH Ag 2020 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in technology and development to maximise their exposure to New Zealand’s primary industry and agritech companies. Sponsors and supporters play an essential role in the continued success and growth of this key technology event and it's mission to help reshape the future of agritech.
Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and we have a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry. For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact our Sponsorship Manager at (+64) 7 921 1384 or email@example.com.
What Sponsors Say
- “Exceptionally well organised and well attended”
- “Excellent New Zealand and Australian contacts at this event”
- "Lots of new connections which we can now collaborate with”
Strategic Event Partner
Distinction Rotorua Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand
390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.
For further information about the hotel can be found on their website www.distinctionhotelsrotorua.co.nz.
Special accommodation rates:
- $170 Superior Room | single, double or twin share
- $190 Deluxe Room | single, double or twin share
- $230 Junior Suite | single or double share
- $250 Executive Suite | single or double share
All rates include GST and are per room per night.
Super Early Bird Rates
(Ends 18 Dec 2019)
(1 or 2 delegates. Rates are per delegate.)
$650 + GST per person
(Group registrations are 3 or more delegates. Rates are shown per delegate.)
$550 + GST per person
Supporting Organisation Rate
(with discount code)
$750 + GST per person
Small Independent Farmer/Grower/Producer*
$350 + GST per person
* The Small Independent Farmer/Grower/Producer rate is reserved for small farmer/grower/producers that employ less than five full-time staff and where farm or crop management/ownership is the attendee's primary full-time occupation. Registration is at the discretion of the Event Organiser.
- All rates are Per Person and GST is 15% GST.
- A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to credit card transactions.
- The Supporting Association Rate is available to all Supporting Association Members listed on this page. A discount code is required and can be obtained by contacting your Association directly.
- To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. All discounts require payment at the time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount. Any additional discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
- Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, networking drinks session, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
- Cancellation policy: For cancellations made on or before Friday 28 February 2020, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable, however, they are transferable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed.
- If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
- The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
- The Small independent farmer/grower/producer rate is reserved for small farmer/grower/producers that employ less than five full-time staff and where farm or crop management/ownership is the attendee's primary full-time occupation. Registration via this option is at the discretion of the Event Organiser.
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Innovatek Ltd has, over the last decade, delivered an extensive array of over 150 premier conferences, workshops, seminars, managed exhibitions, trade shows and other events throughout New Zealand and Australia.
With a strong background in the forestry industry, its key focus is on delivering technology transfer events for New Zealand and Australia’s primary industries.
The objective is to improve the performance, productive capability and profitability of local businesses throughout these sectors. For more information on Innovatek or the services we supply, see www.innovatek.co.nz.
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