MobileTECH Ag 2020 Programme

Day One | Tue 7 April 2020

9.50amWelcome & Introductions

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

10.00amAn international perspective on technology adoption and development within the primary sector
Opportunities and challenges
Dr Mike Briers, CEO, Food Agility, Australia
10.30amIBM 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
11.00amA critical update on NZ's international agritech growth - and what this means for the local industry
Peter Wren-Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand
11.30amMobile 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
12.00pmLunch & Networking

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

1.30pmArtificial intelligence - we are only just scratching the surface
Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
2.00pmImmersive technologies are changing how the primary sector works, plays and promoted
Tim Gentle, Founder, Think Digital, Australia
2.30pmThe future of robotics within the primary sector
3.00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking
3.30pmSpecial Panel Discussion:
Overcoming the challenges with industry adoption
4.30pmTECH Talks: Short presentations on new product innovations
5.00pmRefreshments & Networking

Day Two | Wed 8 April 2020

SESSION 3: Targeting Big Issues with Technology

8.30amTackling food waste by becoming a data-driven business
Jonathan Morgan, Chief Technology Officer, Autogrow
9.00amCase Study: Empowering the worker
How businesses are using head mounted displays and voice recognition software to streamline productivity
Lance Bauerfeind, Senior Consultant, Company-X
9.30amCase 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
10.00amMorning Tea & Networking
10.30amInventory Optimisation - using big data analysis to tackle the complex decisions in horticulture
Dean Wood, Business Manager, Cucumber
11.00amCase 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

11.30pmShowcasing the best agritech ideas from the farmgate
Desi Ramoo, Manager Research Technology & Innovation, Ministry for Primary Industries
12.00pmLunch & Networking
1.00pmHow will the NZ Government support the agritech sector to increase technology adoption by farmers and growers?
David Downs, Agritech Task Force Lead
1.30pmYoung Leaders Panel
2.00pmCase 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
2.30pmDesigning Together - How To Empathise, Understand and Build With Your Customer
What it takes to grow an idea into a business
Andrew Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems + Jeremy Suisted, Innovation Consultant, Rezare Systems
3.30pmConference Concludes