Online Series: 13-24 April 2020

New Online Programme Series

Given the new directives from then New Zealand Government on running events and the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we have decided to take this year's MobileTECH Ag 2020 event online - and run a series of interactive technology presentations for you. While it is disappointing for all that we can no longer hold the physical MobileTECH Ag 2020 event in Rotorua, we completely understand and support the Government's policy to protect the health and safety of our delegates - and the country.

MobileTECH Ag 2020 had a strong programme and the event was shaping up to be one of the best. This new webinar series will enable delegates, speakers and sponsors, to hear and interact with the extensive agricultural, horticultural and forestry expertise and technologies that were originally planned - from the comfort of your own home or office.

There are 6 one-hour sessions over 2 weeks, with each running from 1pm to 2pm NZ time.

Programme Outline:

  1. Part One | Wed 15 April 2020 - Designing agritech together - How to empathise, understand and build with your customer
  2. Part Two | Fri 17 April 2020 - Aligning with global agricultural standards and open source technology - the role and opportunities for NZ businesses
  3. Part Three | Mon 20 April 2020 - Connectivity for rural productivity
  4. Part Four | Wed 22 April 2020 - Wearable technologies empowering the worker
  5. Part Five | Fri 24 April 2020 - Agritech Industry Transformation Plan
  6. Part Six | Wed 29 April 2020 - Targeting big Issues with technology

All sessions will be available for a limited time on-demand for MobileTECH Ag 2020 delegates only. 


MobileTECH Ag 2020 Online Programme

Part One | Wed 15 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Designing agritech together - How to empathise, understand and build with your customer

Hosted by Andrew Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems
What it takes to grow an idea into a business?
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 Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems and Jeremy Suisted, Innovation Consultant, Rezare Systems

Part Two | Fri 17 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Aligning with global agricultural standards and open source technology - the role and opportunities for NZ businesses

Hosted by Kenneth Irons, CEO, Precision Farming and Board Member, Precision Ag Association of NZ (PAANZ)
Ag Data Insights & Applications Workshop
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.
Jim Wilson, President & CEO, OAGi and CTO, AgGateway Global Network, USA

Part Three | Mon 20 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Connectivity for rural productivity

Hosted by David Morrison, Commercial Director, Internet NZ
A new direction for Vodafone within the rural sector
The Rural Connectivity Group (RCG) together with its partners Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees has launched the second phase of the Rural Broadband Initiative and will be building 500 new cell sites in rural New Zealand by 2022.
Michelle Sharp, Head of IoT and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand
Mobile connectivity and rural NZ - what is the current state of play
With investments in 4G, 5G and specialised IoT networks, how will this impact the sector in the future?
Craig Young, Chief Executive, TUANZ
Case Study: Real-world applications for the Internet of Things for primary sector producers
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.
Shaun McBride, Operations Director, Thinxtra

Part Four | Wed 22 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Wearable technologies empowering the worker

Hosted by Ernie Newman, Secretariat, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA)
World leading integration of hands-free wearable tablet for industrial workers
The HMT-1 headset is a new voice-controlled wearable tool designed to improve maintenance, machine setup, provide remote instructions, inspections, audits and training. Over 15,000 units are being used around the world.
Lance Bauerfeind, Senior Consultant, Company-X
Immersive technologies are changing how the primary sector works, plays and promoted
First we had print, then radio, then TV, then computers, now we have Immersive Technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). There is a Paradigm shift happening in the way we use digital content and communicate with each other. These technologies are no longer gimmicky, they are powerful tools to drive productivity, increase safety and to tell our story.
Tim Gentle, Founder, Think Digital, Australia
NZ ag trials & Demo of Suit-X: A wearable exoskeleton
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 perform tasks through a wearable exoskeleton. These have the ability to both make tasks safer and improve productivity.
Greg Borman, Director, Biosymm, Australia

Part Five | Fri 24 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Agritech Industry Transformation Plan

Hosted by Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand
How will the NZ Government support the agritech sector to increase technology adoption by farmers and growers?
The ITP has been developed after nine months of consultation with industry, research and support service stakeholders. This represents a significant initiative for the New Zealand Government.
David Downs, Agritech Task Force Lead and Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand

Part Six | Wed 29 April 2020, 1pm (NZ Time)

Targeting big Issues with technology

Hosted by Michelle Sharp, Head of IoT and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand
IBM is using its supercomputing and AI smarts to change how we understand and forecast weather for rural businesses
Weather can impact lives and businesses in ways that you might not have considered, and preparation is critical. 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.
Jared Brown, Global Business Development Lead - Agriculture, IBM, USA
Case Study: The world's first livestock virtual fence system - tested right here in NZ
Digital paddock technologies have the power to connect millions of farms global to bring about change locally. New digital systems, like eShepherd, aim to revolutionise livestock management and give farmers direct control of pastoral assets, rotation and livestock movement.
Jason Chaffey, CEO, Agersens, Australia
Creating a cultivar management system to help revolutionise breeding data analysis in Horticulture
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 we 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.
Brett Davis, Data Systems Analyst, Plant and Food Research & Ian Gray, Business Manager, Cucumber
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