3-4 April 2019, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND
Michelle Sharp

Michelle Sharp

Head of IoT and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand

Michelle is known to many across Canterbury for her transformational leadership role as Chief Executive of Christchurch-based social enterprise Kilmarnock, acclaimed for transitioning Kilmarnock from a charity-based model to one of New Zealand’s leading social enterprises.

Driven by business excellence and social change, Michelle is incredibly excited to embark on this new journey with the team at Vodafone, bringing the best of the world’s digital innovation and inspiration to all New Zealanders and using digital innovation to drive positive impact for our communities.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

President & CEO, OAGi and CTO, AgGateway Global Network, USA
Jim is based in North Carolina, USA and has served in several data-standards-development roles over the past 20 years, covering global standards for agriculture, chemical, aerospace and defence. He is dedicated to promoting and enabling the transition to digital agriculture and improve the efficiency and productivity of data across the sector.

With such a dizzying array of new technology emerging in the agriculture industry, how do growers and the companies that support them anchor their decisions and solutions in a firm foundation? Standards are a key part of that. This session will further explore the interrelationship between standards and competitive advantage.

Jamie Azzopardi

Jamie Azzopardi

Head of The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Weather can impact lives and businesses in ways that you might not have considered, and preparation is critical. Join us to hear how weather forecasting data and analytics provide agribusinesses with access to a variety of weather data feeds that inject a wealth of insights to enable smarter, faster decision-making.

Jamie Azzopardi is the Australian and New Zealand leader for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. A member of the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Leadership team, Jamie is responsible for leading the local sales, operations and services divisions of The Weather Company.

Russell Craig

Russell Craig

National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand

“New Zealand’s agritech industry and opportunities are going from strength to strength. I’m really looking forward to learning about some of the latest innovations and achievements at MobileTech 2020.”

Russell is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer and focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform. Russell is currently a board member of the NZ Health IT Industry Association and has been an Executive Councilor of the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand since its foundation.

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter Wren-Hilton

Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand

Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand, co-founder and member of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council and co-founder of WNT Ventures. Peter works with stakeholders across industry, government, research & investment to connect and assist scale early-stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.

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. See how the Agritech industry have started to adopt IoT solutions and how this has massively increased more reliable data records, reduced compliance costs and increased productivity.

David Downs

David Downs

Task Force Lead, NZTE

Hear how an ‘industry transformation’ approach is being designed to accelerate Agritech sector growth.

David is a GM at NZTE, and also leading the ‘All of government taskforce’ on Agritech, defining a way that industry and government working together can accelerate the growth of the sector.

Tim Gentle

Tim Gentle

Founder, Think Digital, Australia

We had print, then radio, then TV, then computers, now we have Immersive Technologies that we can use to communicate with. There is going to be a Paradigm shift in the way we use digital content. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are no longer gimmicky, they are powerful tools to drive productivity, increase safety and to tell our story.

Tim’s speciality is “Immersive Technologies in Agriculture” and has created #FarmVR and #FarmAR – Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality farming experiences to help educate people where their food comes from, inspire people to consider agriculture as a career pathway and improve productivity in the supply chain.

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Managing Director, Rezare Systems

Deeper customer empathy and co-design can help agritech companies produce solutions that deliver greater benefits for farmers and achieve faster adoption. Companies that innovate with their customers and take time to really understand their needs also position themselves to discover the next opportunity.

Andrew is one of the founders of Rezare Systems and gets excited about applying technology and smart science in simple, accessible ways that help farmer businesses and improve environmental impacts.

Lance Bauerfeind

Lance Bauerfeind

Senior Consultant, Company-X

Augmented and Virtual Reality specialist Lance Bauerfeind is a senior consultant at multi-award-winning software specialist Company-X. Lance’s work in the new realities realm is an integral part of the Company-X mission to deliver Silicon Valley level software savvy with a Kiwi can-do attitude.

Businesses are making significant investments into digital transformation and increasingly adopting Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and cloud technologies. But many fail to consider how to shift day-to-day activities to maximise new technologies – and capture the associated return on investment. Workers are the critical source of productivity gains when you are digitising operations.

Jeremy Suisted

Jeremy Suisted

Innovation Consultant, Rezare

Jeremy is a dynamic mix of innovation-expert and communication-specialist who delivers engaging messages designed to inform and motivate innovative change. Having led design-journeys at organisations including Gallagher, Wintec, Ballance and Hamilton City Council, Jeremy is all about providing long-lasting solutions, that allow for ongoing innovation cultures and future-proofed businesses.

Greg Borman

Greg Borman

CEO, Biosymm

Greg has worked both throughout Australia and London and is the CEO of Biosymm, a company which delivers occupational physiotherapy to corporate clients across Australia and New Zealand. Greg is the past national chair of the Occupational Health chapter of the Australia Physiotherapy Association.

Suit-X is the Ironman of today. This is a physiotherapists perspective on how technology can help shape the future. Although automation is becoming more prevalent, there re still tasks people need to do and an ongoing challenge to make it safe for them to do so. Now there are devices out there that focus on how to assist the individual to perform tasks through a wearable exoskeleton.

Roland Rich

Roland Rich

Technical Lead Software Architect, Cucumber

Roland is a senior architect and software engineer who leads the primary sector innovation team at Cucumber. He has been the lead architect building the Cultivar Management solution “KiwiCloud” for Plant and Food Research.

Good data management is the foundation that supports knowledge-based decision-making and the adoption of new technologies. Follow Plant and Food Research on our journey as they upgrade the data management of the world’s largest kiwifruit breeding programme with Cucumber, all without missing a beat. The destination is a transformation in the way we do research, enabled by scalable, flexible, future-proofed data management.

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Jamie Azzopardi

Head of The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Weather can impact lives and businesses in ways that you might not have considered, and preparation is critical. Join us to hear how weather forecasting data and analytics provide agribusinesses with access to a variety of weather data feeds that inject a wealth of insights to enable smarter, faster decision-making.

Jamie Azzopardi is the Australian and New Zealand leader for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. A member of the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Leadership team, Jamie is responsible for leading the local sales, operations and services divisions of The Weather Company.

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Daivd Downs

Task Force Lead, NZTE

Hear how an 'industry transformation' approach is being designed to accelerate Agritech sector growth.

David is a GM at NZTE, and also leading the 'All of government taskforce' on Agritech, defining a way that industry and government working together can accelerate the growth of the sector.

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Mike Briers

CEO, Food Agility CRC

The food system as we know it, is on a path towards the most significant agricultural revolution since the inception of commercial farming back in the 18th century.  The new digital forces will be enjoyed right across entire food networks and the real question is, who will be the builders and who will be the bystanders?

Mike was named in the Knowledge Nation 100 as Australia's chief evangelist for big data and the internet of things (IoT) and appointed Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at UTS. He is the Founding CEO of Food Agility CRC and is also a co-founder and Director of the Internet of Things Alliance Australia and of the Knowledge Economy Institute

Tim Gentle

Founder, Think Digital, Australia We had print, then radio, then TV, then computers, now we have Immersive Technologies that we can use to communicate with. There is going to be a Paradigm shift in the way we use digital content. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are no longer gimmicky, they are powerful tools to drive productivity, increase safety ...

Shaun McBride

Operations Director, Thinxtra Decisions on balancing compliance regulations and productivity improvements 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. See how the Agritech industry is now adopting IoT solutions to collect reliable data, reduce compliance costs and ...

Russell Craig

National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand “New Zealand’s agritech industry and opportunities are going from strength to strength. I’m really looking forward to learning about some of the latest innovations and achievements at MobileTech 2020.” Russell is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer and focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform. ...

Roland Rich

Technical Lead Software Architect, Cucumber Roland is a senior architect and software engineer who leads the primary sector innovation team at Cucumber. He has been the lead architect building the Cultivar Management solution “KiwiCloud” for Plant and Food Research. Good data management is the foundation that supports knowledge-based decision-making and the adoption of new technologies. Follow Plant and Food Research ...

Peter Wren-Hilton

Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand, co-founder and member of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council and co-founder of WNT Ventures. Peter works with stakeholders across industry, government, research & investment to connect and assist scale early-stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets. As the compliance regulations increase, whilst still maintaining improvements ...

Michelle Sharp

Head of IoT and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand Michelle is known to many across Canterbury for her transformational leadership role as Chief Executive of Christchurch-based social enterprise Kilmarnock, acclaimed for transitioning Kilmarnock from a charity-based model to one of New Zealand’s leading social enterprises. Driven by business excellence and social change, Michelle is incredibly excited to embark ...

Lance Bauerfeind

Senior Consultant, Company-X Augmented and Virtual Reality specialist Lance Bauerfeind is a senior consultant at multi-award-winning software specialist Company-X. Lance’s work in the new realities realm is an integral part of the Company-X mission to deliver Silicon Valley level software savvy with a Kiwi can-do attitude. Businesses are making significant investments into digital transformation and increasingly adopting Internet of Things ...

Jim Wilson

President & CEO, OAGi and CTO, AgGateway Global Network, USA Jim is based in North Carolina, USA and has served in several data-standards-development roles over the past 20 years, covering global standards for agriculture, chemical, aerospace and defence. He is dedicated to promoting and enabling the transition to digital agriculture and improve the efficiency and productivity of data across the ...

Jeremy Suisted

Innovation Consultant, Rezare Jeremy is a dynamic mix of innovation-expert and communication-specialist who delivers engaging messages designed to inform and motivate innovative change. Having led design-journeys at organisations including Gallagher, Wintec, Ballance and Hamilton City Council, Jeremy is all about providing long-lasting solutions, that allow for ongoing innovation cultures and future-proofed businesses.

Jason Chaffey

CEO, Agersens, Australia Digital paddock technologies have the power to connect millions of farms global to bring about change locally. Agersens is leading this change through its virtual paddock technology, eShepherd. New digital systems, like eShepherd, aim to revolutionise livestock management and give farmers direct control of pastoral assets, rotation and livestock movement. Originally from rural NSW, Jason was a ...

Jamie Azzopardi

Head of The Weather Company, an IBM Business Weather can impact lives and businesses in ways that you might not have considered, and preparation is critical. Join us to hear how weather forecasting data and analytics provide agribusinesses with access to a variety of weather data feeds that inject a wealth of insights to enable smarter, faster decision-making. Jamie Azzopardi ...

Greg Borman

CEO, Biosymm Greg has worked both throughout Australia and London and is the CEO of Biosymm, a company which delivers occupational physiotherapy to corporate clients across Australia and New Zealand. Greg is the past national chair of the Occupational Health chapter of the Australia Physiotherapy Association. Suit-X is the Ironman of today. This is a physiotherapists perspective on how technology ...

David Inggs

Chief Executive Officer, Rocos David has a leader in commercialising innovation in nascent industries around the globe. He is currently leading a team of technologists in the world of cloud robotics. David has a deep technical background in high-load, high-scale cloud platforms, mobile, IoT, and robotics solutions, and is excited about a world where robotics are used for good. Technologies ...

David Downs

Task Force Lead, NZTE Hear how an ‘industry transformation’ approach is being designed to accelerate Agritech sector growth. David is a GM at NZTE, and also leading the ‘All of government taskforce’ on Agritech, defining a way that industry and government working together can accelerate the growth of the sector.

Craig Young

CEO, TUANZ Craig is passionate about digital technology and communications industry because of the opportunity it offers for improving business and personal lives in New Zealand. He is currently the Chief Executive of the TUANZ (the association for the users of digital technology and connectivity) which is helping New Zealand make the most of the digitally connected world. TUANZ is ...

Brett Davis

Data Systems Analyst, Plant and Food Research Brett Davis is a Data Systems Analyst. He is part of a team creating and implementing a new data management system for Plant and Food Research’s new cultivar development programme. Good data management is the foundation that supports knowledge-based decision-making and the adoption of new technologies. Follow Plant and Food Research on our ...

Andrew Cooke

Managing Director, Rezare Systems Deeper customer empathy and co-design can help agritech companies produce solutions that deliver greater benefits for farmers and achieve faster adoption. Companies that innovate with their customers and take time to really understand their needs also position themselves to discover the next opportunity. Andrew is one of the founders of Rezare Systems and gets excited about ...


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