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Peter Wren-Hilton

Learn how satellites and UAV’s can support more sustainable farming at Agritech Unleashed

Personal Disclosure: This is one of the sessions at Agritech Unleashed that I am most looking forward to.

How can New Zealand leverage its most recent industry, space, with our largest and most traditional industry, agriculture? How can satellites and unmanned aircraft support more sustainable farming across the country? This is the stuff of science and it’s great to see New Zealand taking a leading global position in it.

The 2019 New Zealand Aerospace Challenge has been established to answer these questions. 20 businesses have been accepted into a six-month incubator to create solutions that aim to detect, monitor and measure soil and water pollution across the country. Once identified, this data can be used to help farmers and growers address the problem.

At Agritech Unleashed, we will hear from Seyed Miri; Application Development Regional Manager, Airbus and Mike Manning, Head of Innovation & Strategy at Ravensdown talk about the Aerospace Challenge and its potential outcomes. They will be supported by a panel of experts who are working in this field.

The ‘How the 2019 NZ Aerospace Challenge is supporting sustainable farming’ session takes place in the Bledisloe Function Centre during National Fieldays at 1.30pm on Thursday 13 June. Admission to the session is free, but you do need to reserve a ticket to get in. You can do that by visiting the Agritech Unleashed web page at

Agritech Unleashed has been curated by Agritech New Zealand, in association with National Fieldays, and with the generous sponsorship of the Ministry of Primary Industries.

Seats are going quickly. If you want to join us on the day we would you suggest you register your place now by clicking on the link above.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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.