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Nicolas Erdody | Open Parallel

Director Nicolas a specialist in building sustainable high-tech ecosystems and has lead the company’s work on the SKA radio-telescope project – the ultimate big data project in the world.

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Brendan O’Connell | Agritech New Zealand

CEO “MobileTech is a highlight of the year for agritech businesses; it represents a forum for developers, researchers and lead practitioners to engage on topics that impact us all.” Brendan is CEO of Agritech New Zealand which is a purpose-driven, membership funded organisation whose members share a passion for the opportunities that agritech can generate. Initially trained as a mechanical …

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Mike Sutton, Forestry Corp NSW

Mike is a forester with more than 30 years’ experience and has recently developed a mobile mapping application which combines with their drone program for forest management.

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Yasir Khokhar, Connecterra

Connecterra is building an artificial intelligence that grows food sustainably. These technologies will interpret data and create intelligent ‘assistants’ that can help farmers run efficient farms.

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Sarah Nolet, Agthentic

Sarah is a a global trailblazer and aims to bridge the gap between ag and tech and enable more collaboration between Australia and NZ.”

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Russell Craig | Microsoft New Zealand

National Technology Officer Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO). Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy. In his role, Russell focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform. He also works with policy makers and …

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Peter Wren-Hilton

Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand, co-founder and member of the Australia New Zealand Agritech Council and co-founder of WNT Ventures. Peter works with stakeholders across industry, government, research & investment to connect and assist scale early-stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets. As the compliance regulations increase, whilst still maintaining improvements …

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Melissa Evans, Scion

Melissa leads a team of forestry industry data scientists, computer scientists and bioinformatics scientists. She has a passion for exploring new technology and putting it into the hands of industry.

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Jon Sandbrook, WNT Ventures

Jon is an early stage investor in technology-centric companies. NZ is on the front lines of the next wave of innovation in food and agriculture and it’s crucial we tackle that challenge head-on.

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John Bampfylde, DroneMate

John is Managing Director of DroneMate, a Nelson-based UAV surveying company that partners with Sentera, one of the world’s leading agricultural sensor manufacturers.

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Gavin McEwen, Farmax Ltd

Gavin’s focus is on furthering the potential of NZ pastoral agriculture. There is no doubt the digitisation of agriculture in New Zealand is gaining momentum and that transparency and collaboration is the key.

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David Smith, Ceres Tag

David is CEO of Ceres Tag. As the population increases across the globe, the importance of food security and safety also increases. Optimal provenance of individual animals is paramount.

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Scott Pollard, Vodafone NZ

Scott Pollard leads New Zealand’s Internet of Things (IoTs) line of business. IoTs is set to shape the connected farm of the future with applications like remote monitoring for stock feeding, electric fencing & water tanks.

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Julia Jones, KPMG

Julia Jones is driven by the desire to inspire a new generation of food producers. She is part of the KPMG Agri-Food team who research and understand the changing global face of Agri-Food.

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Andrew Bate, Swarmfarm Robots

Andrew developed the SwarmBot, a platform of robotic machines which can ‘talk’ to one another and work in swarms to autonomously plant, weed and undertake pest control.