AgTech innovation is on fire. From vertical farming and aquaponics to open-source farming and farm management, there is a growing crop of startups using data and technology to make food production more sustainable, efficient and profitable.
Meet some these innovators at our January Food+Tech Meetup, and get an inside look at their business models, products, challenges and lessons learned.
Are you a farmer who's worked with AgTech products or services? We'd love to have you present about your experience. Email nina[at]foodtechconnect[dot]com if you're interested.
We'll have Belizean nibbles from Elludes (http://www.elludes.com/), finger foods from True Made Foods (http://www.truemadefoods.com/), West African fare from Egunsi Foods (http://egunsifood.squarespace.com/) and innovative Thai bites from Thaithentic (http://www.thaithentic.com/), as well as drinks from Joni Juice (https://www.jonijuice.com/) and Green Mustache (http://www.getgreenmustache.com/).
6:30 - 7:15: Networking + Snacks
7:15 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A
8:45 - 9:30: More Networking
Jason Green - CEO & Co-founder, Edenworks (http://edenworks.org/)- Edenworks is creating the future of farming: data-driven urban food infrastructure. It designs, builds, and operates a network of automated rooftop aquaponic farms, providing organic and sustainable seafood and produce to local food service businesses.
Gabe Blanchet - Co-founder & CEO, Grove (https://grovelabs.io/) - Grove builds beautiful products to make local, healthy food accessible to everyone on the planet.
Margaret Gifford - Adviser, Farm Hack (http://www.farmhack.org/) - Farm Hack is a worldwide community of farmers and allies that build and modify our own tools. Farm Hack is for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. Farm Hack is a participatory and cumulative project that invites people to join. Check out its movie (http://farmhack.org/wiki/getting-started).
Marc Oshima, Co-Founder + CMO, AeroFarms (http://aerofarms.com/)- AeroFarms is on a mission to combat our global food crisis with technology. We do this by building, owning and operating indoor, vertical farms that grow safe, nutritious food in a way that is respectful to the planet and the communities in which we grow.
Allison Kopf - Founder + CEO, Agrilyst (http://www.agrilyst.com/) - Agrilyst helps indoor farm operators use data to make more profitable production decisions. Their SaaS platform tracks and analyzes all farm data in one place, enabling growers to optimize plant performance and reduce operating expenses.