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After another hiatus, I’m grateful that we can return to the events and engagements that help shape our agritech ecosystem.

These days, we may be building businesses, developing knowledge, raising money, collaborating or selling online, but there really is something about meeting with key people in our industry, face to face.  This is especially true when there is so much activity in developing policy and the shared conditions that will enable progress for our sector.  Whether you are looking to build your network, keep informed, find solutions, get inspired or influence, the next few months are full of opportunity.

Next week, we continue the kōrero on the Agritech Industry Transformation Plan (ITP), its purpose and progress.  David Downs and I will be in New Plymouth on Monday 15 March and Nelson on Thursday 18 March.  We’ve also rescheduled the Hamilton and Tauranga events to April 13 and 28, respectively.  We have also added an event in Tairāwhiti Gisborne on 30 April.  These sessions are popular and helping shape some of the next steps in the ITP projects and workstreams.

One of the current projects related to the ITP is the activation of Agritech Story.  If you haven’t checked out the available materials, take a look here.  We are collaborating with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Callaghan Innovation on workshops to co-create a campaign  and the evolution of these materials.  If you are currently telling your own story internationally and would like to participate in any of these workshops, please contact us.

MobilTECH Ag 2021 is coming soon on 23-24 March in Rotorua.  It’s not too late to secure your ticket using our member discount code.  This is a valuable industry event with a focus on agritech providers and this year’s theme is smart data innovations.

On 14 April, we are partnering with the New Zealand IoT Alliance to host an event highlighting the progress and potential for connected agritech solutions in our primary industries.  While rural connectivity remains a constraint to the wider deployment of sensor and connected devices across Aotearoa, there are some markers of progress that we want to highlight and discuss.  I’m expecting some very good discussions, so please come along if you’re in Auckland.

We’re also looking forward to participating in the New Zealand AgriFood Week running 3-9 May in Palmerston North.

Also, coming soon is E Tipu 2021: The Boma NZ Agri Summit.  The two day event hosts local and international speakers, interactive workshops, valuable cross-sector networking and more. AgriTechNZ is an E Tipu 2021 Partner, so we are pleased to share special ticket pricing, valid until 19 March.  Contact us for the discount code to save $100 off early bird tickets.  Registrations are also open for Fieldays Innovations Awards 2021, so consider joining this important showcase.

As I said, there is no shortage of opportunity to engage and shape the ecosystem.  I look forward to seeing you out there.

Ngā mihi

AgriTech New Zealand

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