MobileTECH Ag 2020 Programme

Day One | Tue 7 April 2020

10.00amMobileTECH Ag 2020 Opens - Welcome & Introductions

Session 1: Setting the Scene - Primary Sector, Technology and Global Developments

Session proudly sponsored by Vodafone NZ
Vodafone NZ
10.10amLaunch of NZ Agritech Industry Transformation Plan (ITP)
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. The Honourable Economic Development Minister, Phil Twyford & Agriculture Minister, Damien O'Connor, are scheduled to present via video link. This will be followed by an indepth look at what this means for the sector.
Session led by Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand & David Downs, Agritech Task Force Lead
11.30amAn international perspective on technology adoption and development within the primary sector
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?
Dr Mike Briers, CEO, Food Agility, Australia (via video link)
12.00pmLunch & Networking

SESSION 2: Tech Futures - what is the next big thing?

1.00pmMobile 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
1.30pmIBM 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.
Jamie Azzopardi, Oceania Head of The Weather Company, IBM, Australia (via video link)
1.50pmThe robots are here! Are you ready?
An exploration into the future of robotics and impact on the primary sector - globally
David Inggs, CEO, Rocos
2.20pmWorld 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
2.50pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
3.30pmImmersive 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 (via video link)
3.50pmCase 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
4.20pmNZ 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 (via video link)
4.40pmMeet Michelle Sharp: A Transformational Leader, Entrepreneurial Woman and Head of IoT at Vodafone
A one-on-one interview with one of Vodafone's newest leaders, Michelle Sharp. She has a fantastic backstory and has now been charged with launching Vodafone's digital transformation for 2020 and beyond.
Michelle Sharp, Head of IoT and Head of South Island, Vodafone New Zealand
5.10pmRefreshments & Networking

Day Two | Wed 8 April 2020

SESSION 3: Targeting Big Issues with Technology

8.30amCreating global agricultural standards and open source technology - and the role for NZ's businesses
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 (via video link)
9.00amTackling food waste by becoming a data-driven business
On average 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year. But what if you could be smarter about how you grow by using data to get the right product, to the right buyer, at the right price and the right time – every time.
Jonathan Morgan, Chief Technology Officer, Autogrow
9.30amCreating 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 & Roland Rich, Technical Lead Software Architect, Cucumber
10.00amMorning Tea & Networking
10.30amArtificial intelligence - we are only just scratching the surface
Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand (via video link)
10.50amYoung Leaders Panel
How the next generation can bridge the gap between digital technology development and actual adoption by traditional producers.
- Zarnie Fergusson, NZYF Club Secretary and Beef Farmer, Amenbury Beef
- Melissa van den Heuvel, Industry Systems Associate, NZ Avocado
- Reece Cox, Director, White Horizons
- Alfred Duval, Forester, Port Blakely (TBC)
11.20amCase 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 (via video link)
11.40amTECH Talks
Short, sharp presentations that showcase and highlight some of the best up and coming agritech innovations, products, services and collaborative opportunities.
- WISPA.NZ
- Eagle Technologies
- Internet NZ
- Amphora Data
12.00pmLunch & Networking

SESSION 4: Turning an idea into a game changer

1.00pmShowcasing the best agritech ideas from the farmgate
MPI provides funding to support new and innovative agritech ideas.
Eflamm Allain, Manager for Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures and Agriculture & Investment Services, Ministry for Primary Industries (via video link)
1.20pmCase Study: Taking AI and machine learning algorithms from laptop to industry… and back - an evolution at NZ Plant and Food Research
AI is everywhere and everybody wants AI. The challenge for Plant and Food Research was to develop cutting edge data science capabilities which supports its science and strengthens its commercial activities.
Peter Jaksons, Data Science Team Leader, Plant and Food Research
1.50pmMini-Workshop: Designing Together - How To Empathise, Understand and Build With Your Customer
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 + Jeremy Suisted, Innovation Consultant, Rezare Systems
3.00pmConference Concludes