27-28 March 2018, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

Each year MobileTECH brings together over 300 technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and the next generation of primary industry operators. MobileTECH 2018 will showcase the digital technologies transforming the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors.
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Event Details

What's MobileTECH?

Now in its 6th year, MobileTECH is the only event of its type to bring together the technology leaders from right across the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors under one roof.

This is a place where technology leaders, developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and the next generation can connect, learn, discuss, showcase and partner with the latest technologies and technology developers impacting the sector.

Key Technologies

Mobile technologies ⋅ Internet of Things ⋅ Machine learning ⋅ Cloud computing ⋅ Automation ⋅ Advanced sensors ⋅ Platform integrations ⋅ Rural connectivity ⋅ Big data ⋅ M2M ⋅ Robotics ⋅ Satellite mapping ⋅ Communications ⋅ Data ownership ⋅ Data capture ⋅ Apps and more

What Happened Last Time?

Well over 300 delegates attended MobileTECH 2017 from throughout New Zealand and Australia – a real who’s who of primary industry and technology leaders. The event highlighted disruptive innovations, how the sector is embracing this change and where to capitalise on the business opportunities.

Over 41 speakers covered a wide range of topics, including; the rise of the agritech community; the early adoption of the Internet of Things in farms; the use of online livestock trading platforms; data aggregation dashboards and NZ's first ever satellite launch.

MobileTeCH 2017 reinforced how technology is delivered a massive step change in how our agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors operate.

Who Attends?

Technology developers and suppliers  -  Corporate producers (large scale farms, orchards and plantations)  -  R&D managers  -  IT managers  -  Entrepreneurial operators  - Early adopters  -  Industry consultants  -  Researchers  -  Public sector organisations

From New Zealand’s key primary industries
Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry

Date & Location

27-28 March 2018,

What's Planned for 2018?


In the past, innovations in hardware and machines were the main productivity drivers. Now business data and decision making software are the catalysts for completely new technologies and growth in the primary sector.

The digital evolution provides an exciting opportunity for the sector. However, one of the key challenges the industry faces is how to turn the increasing streams of field data into smart data that enables smart business decisions.

MobileTECH 2018, through a wide range of local and international speakers, will focus on what’s now and upcoming in analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation.

If machine learning can do better than doctors at visual diagnosis for lung cancer, imagine the possibilities for the primary sector!

Innovation through Smart Data

Popular Sessions
  • Early Adopters Panel: The panel brings together farmers, horticulturalists and foresters to discuss how they are integrating technology within their businesses.
  • TECH Talks: MobileTECH hosts a number of lightning talks which give innovators a platform to pitch their ideas, technologies and services direct to the industry.
  • Meet the Future Leaders Panel: The brightest young stars from across the primary sector give their vision on the type of technologies they see powering their future.

This event continues to innovate and provide an important platform for mobile technologies designed to increase productivity, streamline operations and build growth for the primary industry businesses.

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What Delegates Say
"It is the only one of its kind in NZ"
"This is a national technology event where you will meet future end users"
"Tech focus, not just farmers"
"Great list of participants and talks, along with an excellent medium for networking"
"Reputation – this event has a specific focus on agri sector"
"We want to be a market disruptor, not be disrupted - MobileTECH is important"
"I always attend MobileTECH as a regular calendar event"
"This is the only event that talks tech and application to agri in one place"
"Have not been to, or come across, anything like this summit before"

Event Programme

We have worked closely with a wide range of New Zealand and international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a strong and innovative programme.

Day One | 27 March 2018

Session 1: Change is the Only Constant
Session Chairperson: Andrew Hoggard, National Vice-president, Federated Farmers NZ
10.00amWelcome and Introductions
10.10amIs it time for a mindset change within the primary sector?
Conor English, Chairperson, Agribusiness New Zealand
10.30amAccelerating a connected NZ: What does this mean for the industry?
Andrew Cushen, Deputy Chief Executive, InternetNZ
10.50amAn insight into agritech growth in Australia
Sam Trethewey, Director, Sproutx (Australia)
11.10amA European perspective on technology change within the ag sector
Paul Kenny, VP Sales Europe & Australasia, MooCall, Ireland (via video link)
11.30amForestTECH: Digital technologies growing the sector
David Herries, General Manager, Interpine
11.50amLunch + Networking
Session 2: New Technologies Making a Difference
Session Chairperson: Barry O'Neil, Director, Horticulture NZ
1.10pmArtificial Intelligence: Applications of machine learning & predictive analytics
Greg Peyroux, Managing Director, Iris Data Science
1.30pmBlockchain: How will this technology impact the primary sector?
Bridie Ohlsson, External Relations Manager, AgriDigital (Australia)
Session 3: Investment and Startups
1.50pmAn essential overview of NZ's technology investment sector
Simon Yarrow, Group Manager, Callaghan Innovation
2.10pmInsights into an agritech startup - from idea to market
Jon Sandbrook, Investment Manager, WNT Ventures
2.30pmPanel Discussion: Creating a better ecosystem and industry collaboration for a technology-led sector
Panel Lead: Simon Yarrow, Group Manager, Callaghan Innovation
- Jon Sandbrook, Investment Manager, WNT Ventures
- Sam Trethewey, Director, Sproutx (Australia)
- Patrick Cheffins, IoT Solutions Lead, Spark
2.50pmAfternoon Tea + Networking
3.20pmCase Study: Developing the right tech solution requires the right beginning
Ian Gray, Business Manager, Cucumber + Grant Stevenson, Orchard Manager, Mr Apple
3.40pmPanel: Meet the early adopters
Hear from a passionate cross-section of early adopters and their views on technology integration and the real needs within their businesses.
Panel Lead: St John Craner, Managing Director, Agrarian
- Grant Stevenson, Orchard Manager, Mr Apple
- Shane Kelly, General Manager - Dairy, Ngai Tahu Farming
- George Tatham, Owner, Matariki Terraces Limited
4.10pmAgri-Innovation: Insights from Nuffield international study tour
Mathew Hocken, Director, Grassmere Dairy
4.30pmTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available in NZ for the primary sector
- Job Done
- Valocity
- Pay Sauce
- GPS-iT
- Mobile Mentor
5.00pmRefreshments & Networking Drinks
Drinks and canapes will be provided

Day Two | 28 March 2018

8.30amDay two opening comments
Session 4: The Internet of Things within Sector
Session Chairperson: Lisa McDonald, Head of Marketing, CRS Software
8.35amBuilding an integrated Internet of Things platform for industry
Kriv Naicker, Executive Director, IoT Alliance
8.45amKey learnings from a scaled rollout of IoT networks and solutions to farms
Greg Shepherd, IoT Delivery Manager, Spark
9.05amPanel Discussion: How to capitalise on the Internet of Things
Panel Lead: Kriv Naicker, Executive Director, IoT Alliance
- Greg Shepherd, IoT Delivery Manager, Spark
- Nick Hatch, IoT Sales Manager, Vodafone New Zealand
Session 5: Applications of technology Solving Sector Issues - Case Studies
9.25amCase Study: Improving irrigation systems with IoT
Bridgit Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer, ReGen + Shane Kelly, General Manager, Ngai Tahu Farming
9.45amTransforming complex business challenges through data - A case study in industry & end user collaboration
Evelyn Seewald, GM Farm Source Digital, Fonterra Co-operative Group
10.05amMorning Tea + Networking
10.30amRedefining health & safety risk through big data, machine learning and shared systems
Clint Van Marrewijk, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Thundermaps + James Knapp, HSE Manager, OSPRI
10.50amWhats Next for Informatics in Forestry: How mixed-reality, point cloud data and other technologies are making a big impact
Bryan Graham, Forest Industry Informatics Science Leader, Scion
11.10amCreating a farm-to-plate, transparent and digital supply chain
Andrew Cooke, Director, Rezare Systems + Farmer
11.30amTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available in NZ for the primary sector
- NetComm Wireless
- Cyber Security Foundry (Auckland University)
- Eagle Technology
12.00pmLunch + Networking
Session Chairperson: Andrew Cushen, Deputy Chief Executive. InternetNZ
1.00pmPanel: Meet the future leaders
The brightest young primary producers present and discuss their vision of what technologies they see powering their businesses
Panel Lead: Terry Copeland, CEO, Young Farmers NZ
- Rachael Phillips, Regional Finalist in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year in 2018
- Hamish Best, Technical Representative, PGG Wrightson and Runner-up in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year 2017
- Patrick Malley. Director, Maungatapere Berries & Dataphyll Limited. Former Young Grower and Young Horticulturalist of the Year

1.30pmApplication of science, technology and data within agri-food value chain
Harry van Enckevort, General Manager of Science & Technology, AsureQuality
1.50pmCase study: Using hyperspectral imagery systems to improve farming & environmental decisions
Mike White, Technical Development Manager, Ravensdown
2.10pmCase Study: How beekeepers are using spatial intelligence to improve business decisions
Matt Lythe, Head of Location Business Intelligence, Corelogic
2.30pmLooking to the future of agritech
Darryn Pegram, CEO, FarmIQ Systems
2.50pmEvent summary, key takeaways and closing comments
3.00pmEvent Concludes
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Media Partners + Event Sponsors

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Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

MobileTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in technology and development to maximize their exposure to New Zealand’s primary industries. Be part of another major technology event helping to reshape the future of this sector.

Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and we have a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry. For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or gordon.thomson@connexevents.com.

What Sponsors Say

“Exceptionally well organised and well attended”

“Excellent New Zealand and Australian contacts at this event”

"Lots of new connections which we can now collaborate with”


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, ROTORUA

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however hotel guests take priority.

The following special accommodation rates are available:

  • $170 (incl GST) - Superior room rate
  • $190 (incl GST) - Deluxe room rate
  • $250 (incl GST) - Hotel suites rate

Please note that rooms at this rate are limited, so best to book early to avoid missing out. 

For further information about the hotel can be found on their website www.distinctionhotelsrotorua.co.nz.

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Registration Rates

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices exclude 15% GST.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to credit card transactions.
  • * Supporting Associations (Supporters) are listed via this link.
  • To be eligible for any special rates, registrations and payment must be received on or BEFORE the dates listed. All discounts require payment at time of registration and before the cut-off date in order to receive any discount.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 23 February 2018 a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme when required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.


CONNEX: Event Innovators

CONNEX: Event Innovators, a division of Innovatek Ltd, has over the last decade delivered an extensive array of over 150 premier conferences, workshops, seminars, managed exhibitions, trade shows and other events throughout New Zealand and Australia.

With a strong background in the forestry industry, its key focus is on delivering technology transfer events for New Zealand and Australia’s primary industries.

The objective is to improve the performance, productive capability and profitability of local businesses throughout these sectors. For more information on CONNEX: Event Innovators or the services being supplied, see www.connexevents.com or www.innovatek.co.nz.

Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
Building X91, Sala Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
PO Box 1230, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

Dunedin Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 6 Liverpool Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
PO Box 904, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

CONNEX: Event Innovators is a division of Innovatek

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