AgriFutures Australia announces headline speakers and early bird tickets on sale for international agrifood tech event


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Headshots of four evokeAG speakers

AgriFutures Australia has today announced early bird tickets are officially on sale for evokeAG 2019, marking six months until the inaugural international agrifood technology event specifically for the food and farming community is held in Melbourne.

A world-class line-up of speakers will explore ideas shaping the future of agrifood tech, including farm robotics, blockchain, the economics of vertical farming, big data, bringing AI driven automation to the farm and how the agrifood tech investment space is evolving.

Global thought leaders confirmed to speak at evokeAG 2019 include:

  • Israel’s Dror Tamir, co-founder & CEO of Hargol FoodTech, the world’s first commercial grasshopper farm.
  • Also from Israel, Nitza Kardish, CEO of Trendlines Incubators, a world-leading Israel and Singapore based incubator of agricultural technology startups.
  • Leading USA expert, David Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder of AeroFarms, a clean technology company that builds and operates advanced vertical farms in urban environments. Rosenberg is considered a global pioneer of indoor “vertical farming” techniques that allow crops to grow without soil or natural light.
  • USA based CEO and co-founder Emma Weston of Australian blockchain start-up, AgriDigital which provides a blockchain-enabled, integrated commodity management solution for the global grains industry.

Renowned global futurist and a recognised and trusted authority on digital, technology and emerging trends, Chris Riddell will lead the cohort of presenters who will delve into the challenges ahead for the industry of technology and agriculture, and the enormous transformation that the food sector is undergoing.

“With more than 9 billion people predicted to be living on planet earth by the year 2050, the time is ripe for a global discussion. The fusion of technology and agriculture is creating some chaos within the industry and there is a growing movement in agriculture to apply information technologies to the industry to improve practice, efficiencies, and yields. evokeAG 2019 will engage a broad diversity of stakeholders including farmers, agritech innovators and investors, from Australia and overseas to facilitate discussion and act as a convergence point for the best initiatives in the agrifood field”, said Mr. Riddell.

Led by an expert steering committee, the two-day event will act as a global meeting place to showcase and demonstrate pioneering agricultural-technologies, case studies, and innovations both nationally and overseas.

John Harvey, Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia says, “the next big phase of agriculture will see big data and digital solutions transform the future of farming. Many Australian farmers, agritech companies, and research centres are already leading the way in this area, using technology like robotics and AI to help create new technologies and herald innovative new approaches.

Accelerating and disseminating these new technologies and research methods is critical to the way we transform the global agrifood system and, there is an urgent demand for increased precision and efficiency across the ag-tech sector. evokeAG 2019 will serve to unite the leading professionals in agriculture, technology, entrepreneurs, investors, farmers, and drivers of the next agrifood innovation wave.”

evokeAG 2019 will take place in Melbourne at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

For full details of the evokeAG 2019 program including key national and international speakers, full list of sponsors and to take advantage of the 25% discount on early bird tickets (at $825 per person), please head to

evokeAG 2019 is proud to announce the support of the following partners:

Platinum: Elders

Gold: Westpac

Strategic: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Agriculture Victoria.

Follow us: Facebook and Twitter @evokeAG and Instagram @evoke_ag #evokeAG

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