Farming2020 is delighted to publish its 3-day Presentation schedule. The Presentations will take place in the Hooper Innovation Centre on the LIC Innovation Farm, from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th May.

To view the Presentation Schedule in detail, please go to The Programme tab above this blog post.

The Programme features many of New Zealand’s most innovation-focused thought leaders working in the AgTech space. Over 31 presenters, representing 25 companies, will take to the stage for the 3-day event. Every moment will be captured on video and live streamed across the Internet.

On Wednesday 10th May, a Panel Discussion around the ‘Future of New Zealand’s AgTech Sector’ will take place from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Hemi Rolleston (Callaghan Innovation) and Bridget Unsworth (NZVIF) will provide a Government agency view of the sector. Then four innovation leads; Richard Spelman, Chief Scientist, LIC; Mark Harris, Global Marketing Manager – Animal Management, Gallagher; Rob Ford, General Manager – Innovation and Technology, Landcorp and Andrew Cooke, founder & CEO of Rezare Systems will provide an industry view of the development of the sector in a panel discussion chaired by Rachel Kelly, Vice Chair of NZTech.

On Thursday 11th May, a ‘Fireside Chat’ around ‘Taking New Zealand AgTech to the US’ will take place from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The session will be introduced by Melanie Higgins, US Consul General to New Zealand. Our guest speaker is Rob Trice of Silicon Valley-based the Mixing Bowl. Dennis Donohoe, Head of the Western Growers Technology & Innovation Center, will be joining the conversation from Salinas, CA, by video conference.

I will be moderating this session. It follows on from the recent very successful Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program and Conference which saw 21 Kiwi participants take part. Conversations with our US hosts have continued since we returned. The ‘Taking New Zealand AgTech to the US’ session will provide valuable lessons for any New Zealand AgTech business looking to establish a presence in North America.

I have spent the past few weeks speaking to the different corporates who are taking part in Farming2020. A common theme has emerged. All are planning to focus on the word ‘Collaboration’. There is a recognition that for New Zealand’s wider AgTech ecosystem to grow, corporate New Zealand (including our larger agribusinesses) must engage more directly with the country’s emerging startup and potentially high growth AgTech companies. Expect therefore to hear a lot about not only current collaborative engagements, but initiatives to accelerate such collaborative engagements in the future.

The Farming2020 Programme has been designed to begin a whole set of discussions within New Zealand’s AgTech community. It is way more than a 3-day event. The organisers and sponsors would not have committed so much time and resource unless there were major long-term outcomes for the emerging AgTech sector. The Presentation Schedule is testament to that wish.

On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to thank all the speakers and the companies taking part in what is an amazing line-up of New Zealand AgTech talent.