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21 Aug 2019

Call for Speakers – MobileTECH Ag 2020

MobileTECH Ag 2020 is currently in early development. We would like to invite those interested in presenting at next year’s event to register your details and ideas. We hosted 300 primary industry and technology leaders at MobileTECH 2019 eariler this year and we are looking forward to another big event in 2020. MobileTECH Ag 2020 is being held on the...
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01 Aug 2019

Meet our ‘new’ brand, MobileTECH Ag

While MobileTECH has been running for 8 years and is well known within the primary sector, we decided to make a small but significant change to the event name. Next year’s event will be known as MobileTECH Ag 2020. We made this simple rebranding for a couple of reasons: It makes it easier for people outside of our community to...
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11 Apr 2019

Dates announced for MobileTECH 2020

[Update to dates] We are pleased to announce that MobileTECH 2020 will be returning on 7-8 April 2020 in Rotorua, New Zealand. This will be the 8th annual MobileTECH event and we are looking forward to adding a lot of exciting new content into the 2020 event programme. Each year MobileTECH attracts over 300 technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters...
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25 Mar 2019

MobileTECH 2019 running next week

Only one week to go! Well over 250 technology leaders, developers and early adopters are already registered to attend MobileTECH 2019. This event is running in Rotorua, New Zealand, on the 3-4 April 2019. MobileTECH is an annual event showcasing the digital technologies transforming the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. This two-day programme features 30 industry experts from around the...
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18 Mar 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop

PAANZ is hosting a new pre-conference workshop at MobileTECH 2019 on 2 April 2019. MobileTECH will then run on the 3-4 April 2019. Both events are being hosted at the Distinction Rotorua Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand. The half-day workshop is called, ‘Aligning NZ with Global Ag Data Standards‘ and details how AgGateway help us extend Datalinker and NZ Farm Data...
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06 Mar 2019

The Growing Agritech Sector

cThe agritech sector has been buzzing since a large Australian event was held last month. In Melbourne, AgriFutures Australia hosted EvokeAG, an event designed to bring together the agritech community. Over 1,100 attendees, including a strong contingent from New Zealand, were treated to a great overview of where the industry is at, what are the big innovations, key challenges, opportunities...
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28 Jan 2019

Should primary producers do more to protect their data?

Media Release: 28 January 2019 While farmers and horticulturalists continue to integrate new digital technologies into their businesses, this data reliance does bring with it new vulnerabilities and risks. The next generation of producers are doing away with basic spreadsheets and building their businesses using a real-time data streams and cloud-based platforms for analysis and storage. In the past, a...
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14 Dec 2018

Blockchain has significant benefits for New Zealand

Distributed ledgers and blockchain are anticipated to provide a significant positive uplift to New Zealand’s economy, according to a new report published. In the report, Distributed Ledgers and Blockchains – Opportunities for New Zealand, author Joshua Vial from Enspiral, found that these emerging technologies would likely have a positive impact on high-tech jobs and digital exports for New Zealand. Recognising...
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04 Dec 2018

A quick look at key speakers for 2019

MobileTECH 2019 aims to highlight some of the brightest minds and exciting technologies within the primary sector. We have pulled together a strong programme for 2019, featuring a wide range of local and international technology and industry leaders. Here is a brief introduction to a couple of keynotes: [supsystic-tables id=2]...
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04 Dec 2018

Super Early Bird Ending – Book Now

We are pleased with the early interest in MobileTECH 2019. Registrations are flowing in to take advantage of the big discounts on offer. We are offering special super early-bird and group discounts for everyone registering on or before Friday 14 December 2018. Rates are 50% off the standard rates for groups of two or more from the same workplace. Registrations...
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27 Nov 2018

An International Speaking Lineup Announced for MobileTECH 2019

Media Release: 27 November 2018 The upcoming MobileTECH 2019 agritech event will play host to a number of international guest speakers and technologies. “MobileTECH is one of New Zealand’s largest annual agritech events and we are looking forward to showcasing a wide range of world-class digital technologies for our food and fiber sectors,” said programme manager, Ken Wilson. “Artificial intelligence,...
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17 Oct 2018

Technology transforming the primary sector

Media Release: 17 October 2018 Solving rural producers’ challenges and improving productivity through technology will be key themes at next year’s MobileTECH 2019. Now in its 7th year, MobileTECH will, once again, bring together the agritech leaders, tech developers, industry corporates and early adopters to Rotoura. “New Zealand’s agritech sector is quickly expanding and the technology is world-class,” said Ken...
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26 Sep 2018

MobileTECH 2019 – Expressions of Interest to Present

Now in its 7th year, MobileTECH is the major cross-industry event for New Zealand’s technology developers and primary sector leaders. MobileTECH 2018 will be held on 3-4 April 2019 in Rotorua, New Zealand. This two day event showcases new and innovative technologies that are being adopted by agricultural, horticultural and forestry companies to increase their productivity and operational effectiveness. Over...
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17 Jul 2018

Robotic exoskeletons from SuitX

The front of SuitX’s East Bay headquarters is an empty room. No reception desk, no furniture — it’s about as unassuming as robotics office spaces get. For now, it’s a trial space, where perspective clients can try out the startup’s soft robotics exoskeletons in person, to see if they’ll fulfill their specific industrial or medical needs. Through one door is...
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17 Jul 2018

Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home — a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be cleaned, recharged and sent back...
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16 Jul 2018

MobileTECH 2019 Event Dates

We are pleased to announce that MobileTECH 2019 will be returning on 3-4 April 2019 in Rotorua, New Zealand. While this will be the 7th annual MobileTECH, we are looking forward to adding a lot of exciting new content and innovative sessions into the 2019 event programme. Each year MobileTECH attracts over 300 technology leaders, innovative developers, early adopters and...
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30 Mar 2018

MobileTECH 2018 Event Summary

Close to 300 delegates attended MobileTECH 2018 from throughout New Zealand and Australia – a real who’s who of primary industry and technology leaders. Over 40 speakers covered a wide range of technologies and issues critical to the growth and development of our agriculture, horticulture and forestry sectors. The theme for 2018 was ‘Innovation through Smart Data’. In the past,...
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21 Mar 2018

MobileTECH 2018 is running next week

We are looking forward to hosting 300 industry representatives at MobileTECH 2018 next week. A lot is planned. Over 40 presentations, discussion panels, demos and TECH Talks. Our mission has always been to create a platform for change for people across New Zealand’s primary industries. A place where technology developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and the next generation can meet, learn,...
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13 Mar 2018

Media Release: Is artificial intelligence the future for the primary sector?

There has been a lot of hype around artificial intelligence (AI) over the last couple of years. The advances in AI, machine learning and predictive analysis has come ahead in leaps and bounds, but are we really there yet? There is little doubt that, in a world now driven by data, that AI will be the next big evolution in...
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08 Mar 2018

Preview of MobileTECH 2018

MobileTECH 2018 is now less than 3 weeks away.  Hosted in Rotoura, MobileTECH 2018 will run on the 27-28 March 2018. 300 primary industry and technology leaders will meet to network, gain insights and discuss the latest digital innovations impacting the sector. The theme this year is ‘Innovation through Smart Data’. In the past, innovations in hardware and machines were...
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