Peter Wren-Hilton

evokeAG program announcement and early bird ticket extension

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Agritech New Zealand has been working with AgriFutures Australia to develop the program for this major trans-Tasman agritech conference. Both Callaghan Innovation & NZTE are supporting the event. evokeAG takes place in Melbourne on 19-20 February 2019. You can find out more details at www.evokeag.com

Under the theme of `Food Farm Future’, the newly released program will include masterclasses, breakout sessions, industry speakers and support for start-ups and agrifood tech businesses. Emerging new industries across the agrifood tech spectrum will also be discussed such as the role of robotics in farming, solutions for solving the current Australian water crisis and why we could one day be serving up a plate of grasshoppers instead of steak as an alternative protein.

Over the two days, 50 guest speakers will take to the stage to discuss topics such as the popularity of nutrition, health and wellness markets, advances in wine production, the role of genetics and cell biology in agrifoods, robotics, global venture capital investments plus insight into the buying trends of Millennials and Gen Z.

There will also be a focus on alternatives to traditional agricultural methods and why we need to evolve our farming practices. Systems such as `vertical farms’ where empty warehouses are used to plant crops instead of paddocks could become a future source of fresh produce in urban areas. State-of-the-art farms are already being trialed in the US and have been able to achieve higher yields per square metre but with 95 percent less water.

Another dynamic element of the two-day event will be the Pitch Tent forum where both Australian and New Zealand producers and startups will vie for a slice of the $35,000 and in-kind prize pool as they pitch their problems and ideas to national and global thought leaders.

Early bird ticket prices have been extended to 11 November. Booking before then will save you 25% on the full ticket price.

Agritech New Zealand looks forward to seeing you in Melbourne for this event.

Peter Wren-Hilton Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. Peter helps organise major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.