27-28 March 2018. Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
Hosted in Rotorua, New Zealand, MobileTECH brings together over 300 technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and the next generation of primary industry operators.

MobileTECH is an annual event showcasing the digital technologies transforming the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors.

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4 December 2018

A quick look at key speakers for 2019

MobileTECH 2019 aims to highlight some of the brightest minds and exciting technologies within the primary sector. We have pulled together a strong programme for 2019, featuring a wide range of local and international technolog...

4 December 2018

Super Early Bird Ending – Book Now

We are pleased with the early interest in MobileTECH 2019. Registrations are flowing in to take advantage of the big discounts on offer. We are offering special super early-bird and group discounts for everyone registering on o...

17 October 2018

Technology transforming the primary sector

Media Release: 17 October 2018 Solving rural producers’ challenges and improving productivity through technology will be key themes at next year’s MobileTECH 2019. Now in its 7th year, MobileTECH will, once again, bring tog...

16 July 2018

MobileTECH 2019 Event Dates

We are pleased to announce that MobileTECH 2019 will be returning on 3-4 April 2019 in Rotorua, New Zealand. While this will be the 7th annual MobileTECH, we are looking forward to adding a lot of exciting new content and innov...

30 March 2018

MobileTECH 2018 Event Summary

Close to 300 delegates attended MobileTECH 2018 from throughout New Zealand and Australia – a real who’s who of primary industry and technology leaders. Over 40 speakers covered a wide range of technologies and issues criti...

21 March 2018

MobileTECH 2018 is running next week

We are looking forward to hosting 300 industry representatives at MobileTECH 2018 next week. A lot is planned. Over 40 presentations, discussion panels, demos and TECH Talks. Our mission has always been to create a platform for...

8 March 2018

Preview of MobileTECH 2018

MobileTECH 2018 is now less than 3 weeks away.  Hosted in Rotoura, MobileTECH 2018 will run on the 27-28 March 2018. 300 primary industry and technology leaders will meet to network, gain insights and discuss the latest digita...

22 February 2018

Only 4 Weeks to Go

In just 4 weeks MobileTECH 2018 will, once again, bring together over 300 primary industry leaders, agritech developers and early adopters. This 2 day programme is packed full of innovative digital technologies, practical case ...

22 February 2018

10 tips to make the most out of attending

The MobileTECH 2018 quickly approaching, we have pulled together a number of tips to get the most of our attending this event. Attending an event can be an expensive investment, especially when you take into consideration the t...

30 January 2018

The changing face of Agritech

Industries rise, fall and evolve under the constant development of new and innovative technologies. Refrigeration changed how food was supplied, the lightbulb enabled us to utilise more hours in the day, the telephone connected...

7 December 2017

Engaging an agritech community innovation

New Zealand has, over the last couple of years, become a hotbed of activity for both local and international agritech companies and start-ups. The growth in digital technologies and connectivity within the primary sector has en...

12 October 2017

Digital technologies converging on primary sector

Every year MobileTECH brings together over 300 technology leaders, developers, early adopters and major industry operators from throughout the primary sector. Now in its 6th year, new technologies and innovations have always be...

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Event Details

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.

This is a place where technology leaders, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and the next generation can connect, learn, discuss, showcase and partner with the latest technologies and technology developers impacting the sector.

What Happened in 2018?

Close to 300 delegates attended MobileTECH 2018 from throughout New Zealand and Australia – a real who’s who of primary industry and technology leaders. Over 40 speakers covered a wide range of technologies and issues critical to the growth and development of our agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors.

The theme for 2018 was ‘Innovation through Smart Data’. In the past, innovations in hardware and machines were the main productivity drivers. Now business data, machine learning and decision making software are the catalysts for future growth. That was certainly the take-home message from MobileTECH 2018.

The digital revolution provides an exciting opportunity for the sector. Technology developers are looking to innovate and it is exciting to see the support structures available from organisations like Callaghan Innovation, WNT Ventures and Spark NZ. MobileTECH 2018 covered new collaboration and investment in agritech, understanding the impact of artificial intelligence, the current state of the Internet of Things, redefining health & safety applications in the digital world, improving the agri-food value chain, using advanced imagery for environmental decisions and blockchains potential for the sector.

Case studies were a major highlight this year, with several presentations featuring both developers and their clients. These presentations provided an invaluable insight into the design, development and adoption of technology within their farm and orchard operations. While digital technologies are making big improvements in productivity, the key feature for success is in close collaboration between the developer, their client and end users. Understanding how the end user will use the tech is vital.

5 key takeaways:

  1. There is no question that artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain are the future for the industry.
  2. One challenge for technology developers is, where possible, to enable easier movement and transparency of client data across suppliers. APIs will play a part in this, however, every system is complex and it will be interesting to see how this evolves. In the end, farmers and horticulturalists do want choice and the ability to select the best tools for their operations without the risk of locking themselves into one system.
  3. While adoption of new technologies will be faster for the next generation of operators, it will still be vital for developers and suppliers to show increased profitability and/or time savings from the investment.
  4. The majority of data is now being collected automatically, whether it is from stock tags, irrigation sensors or UAV imagery. Where manual entry is required, however, the ability to incorporate positional and other contextual data from sensors should automate much of the input.
  5. Digital technologies are transforming the primary sector into hi-tech industry. This is important for the continued growth of the industry and the ability to attract the next generation into the sector.

Dates for MobileTECH 2019 will be announced shortly.

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Key Technologies

Mobile technologies ⋅ Internet of Things ⋅ Machine learning ⋅ Cloud computing ⋅ Automation ⋅ Advanced sensors ⋅ Platform integrations ⋅ Rural connectivity ⋅ Big data ⋅ M2M ⋅ Robotics ⋅ Satellite mapping ⋅ Communications ⋅ Data ownership ⋅ Data capture ⋅ Apps and more

Who Attends?

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"

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

MobileTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in technology and development to maximize their exposure to New Zealand’s primary industries. 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 Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or gordon.thomson@connexevents.com.

Dates for MobileTECH 2019 will be announced shortly. 

2018 Media Partners + Event Sponsors

Event Supporters

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”


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, ROTORUA

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.


CONNEX: Event Innovators

CONNEX: Event Innovators, a division of 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 CONNEX: Event Innovators or the services being supplied, see www.connexevents.com or www.innovatek.co.nz.

Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
Building X91, Sala Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
PO Box 1230, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

Dunedin Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
PO Box 904, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

CONNEX: Event Innovators is a division of Innovatek

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