SILICON VALLEY FORUM PRESENTS

THE SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE: INNOVATING GLOBAL AGTECH

AUGUST 27-30, 2018 | SILICON VALLEY, CA

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About the Program

Silicon Valley Forum’s the Seeds of Our Future: Innovating Global AgTech invites global AgTech innovators on a one-week journey through Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the Central Valley, where you’ll explore sustainable, scalable solutions for the projected population increase in the years to come. California is home to the world’s most productive seats of both technology and agriculture, and this program examines the ways in which we can bridge the two, building a sustainable, connected, beautiful future.

Since the inaugural event in 2016, the Seeds of Our Future has brought together tech innovators, startups, investors, farmers, universities, governments, and industry experts to connect on topics such as automated farms, food safety and traceability, controlled environments, UAVs, and much more.

 

Join us in Rosario, Argentina on Nov 6-7!

We’re excited to bring the Seeds of Our Future – AgTech to Rosario in Argentina on November 6th-7th in partnership with Revista Chacra and Fundacion Cedef. We have a limited number of free tickets available – if you’d like to join us in Argentina this November, just fill out this quick form to qualify. Visit the official event page for the event in Argentina here.

How to Choose Your Ticket:

The choice is up to you – spend the full four days with us (immersion program + conference) or attend the conference only!

The “Seeds of Our Future” Agtech Immersion Program will be held August 27 – 29, 2018, and will tour through a variety of locations in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the Central Valley. Program tickets automatically include entrance to the AgTech conference on August 30.

The “Seeds of Our Future” Agtech Conference is a one-day event that will be held August 30, 2018, at Forager in historic downtown San Jose, CA. If you wish to attend the conference only, please select the “Conference” ticket type.

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Speakers

more to be announced

Immersion Program Speakers

Deborah Magid

Deborah Magid Dir. Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $25 B software business in the company’s Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries, and she brings insight from the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies.

Hank Giclas

Hank Giclas SVP Science Technology Strategic Planning Western Growers

SVP Science Technology Strategic Planning Western Growers

Nolan Paul

Nolan Paul R D Strategy Emerging Tech Driscolls

R D Strategy Emerging Tech Driscolls

George Kellerman

George Kellerman COO GP Yamaha Motor Ventures Laboratory Silicon Valley

COO GP Yamaha Motor Ventures Laboratory Silicon Valley

Mareese Keane

Mareese Keane Thrive Platform Director, Thrive Accelerator

Thrive Platform Director, Thrive Accelerator

Rob Leclerc

Rob Leclerc CoFounder, AgFunder

CoFounder AgFunder

Helle Petersen

Helle Petersen Program Manager, Water Energy and Technology Center

Dennis Donohue

Dennis Donohue Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology

Manuel Esteban Gonzalez Guzman

Manuel Esteban Gonzalez Guzman Managing Director & Founder, FoodBytes and Terra

Eric Migicovsky

Eric Migicovsky Partner, Y Combinator

Manu Pillai

Manu Pillai Founder & President, WaterBit

Danny Royer

Danny Royer VP of Technology, Bowles Farming Company

Joe Gunter

Joe Gunter Mayor, City of Salinas

Dr. Alessandro Turatti

Dr. Alessandro Turatti President & CEO, Turatti North America

Bill Green

Bill Green Education Manager, Center for Irrigation Technology

Sarge Green

Sarge Green Interim Director, Center for Irrigation Technology

Tim Jacobsen

Tim Jacobsen Field Research Manager, Center for Irrigation Technology

David Zoldoske

David Zoldoske Project Specialist, Center for Irrigation Technology

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf Founder & CEO, Arable Labs

Waldo Moraga

Waldo Moraga CEO and GM, ECO2MIX

Mitch Partovi

Mitch Partovi Key Account Manager, Waterfind USA

Jason Aramburu

Jason Aramburu Venture Capital Investor, Baidu.Ventures

Miku Jha

Miku Jha Founder and CEO, AgShift

Christopher Seifert

Christopher Seifert VP of Data Science, Granular

Sofia Elizondo

Sofia Elizondo Co-founder & COO, Brightseed

Jun Axup

Jun Axup Scientific Director & Partner, IndieBio

Mike Selden

Mike Selden CEO, Finless Foods

Spencer Maughan

Spencer Maughan Partner, Finistere Ventures

Brendan Solan

Brendan Solan Director Supply Chain Platforms, Driscoll's

Bakur Kvezereli

Bakur Kvezereli CEO & Co-Founder, Ztractor

Arturo Elizondo

Arturo Elizondo CEO, Clara Foods

Raja Ramachandran

Raja Ramachandran Founder, Ripe.io

Josh Ruiz

Josh Ruiz VP of Ag Operations, Church Brothers Farms

Sammy Duda

Sammy Duda Senior VP of National Operations, Duda Farm Fresh Food

Olivier Jerphagnon

Olivier Jerphagnon Founder, PowWow Energy

Jackie Vazquez

Jackie Vazquez Director of Ag Operations, Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce

Jeff Macon

Jeff Macon Program Manager, Fresno State's California Water Institute

Peter Herz

Peter Herz Co-founder, FoodSystem6

Paul Bissett

Paul Bissett COO, Harvest CROO Robotics

Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen Director of Technical Services, Driscoll's

Conference Speakers

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

Denyse drives the goals and strategy for Silicon Valley Forum, with continued growth into international markets and innovation. She has coached hundreds of startups through the SVF pitch nights and programs.

Karen Ross

Karen Ross Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Nicky Molloy

Nicky Molloy Business Innovation Adviser - Agritech, Callaghan Innovation

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter Wren-Hilton Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand

Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders Owner & Board Chairman, RoboticsPlus

Charlie Wang

Charlie Wang CEO & President, Oasis Biotech

Ricardo Jaramillo

Ricardo Jaramillo CoFounder, Agrofuturo

Arama Kukutai

Arama Kukutai CoFounder & Partner, Finistere Ventures

Sarah E. DiCicco

Sarah E. DiCicco Vice President, DroneSprout

Sofía Ramírez Calvo

Sofía Ramírez Calvo Commercial Manager, Liventus Global

Gonzalo Fuenzalida

Gonzalo Fuenzalida CoFounder & CEO, Andes Ag

Patricia Hansen

Patricia Hansen Investment Commissioner North America, InvestChile

Prakash Iyer

Prakash Iyer Senior VP, Software Architecture & Strategy, Trimble

Tim Groser

Tim Groser New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States

James Huang

James Huang VP of Global Sales, OBOOK Inc.

Dr. Allison Berke

Dr. Allison Berke Academic Research Advisor, The Good Food Institute

Shally Shanker

Shally Shanker CFA, AIIM Partners

Thea Uppal

Thea Uppal Policy Director, U.S.-India Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok

Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok Consul General of India, San Francisco

Kenta Yasukawa

Kenta Yasukawa CTO and Cofounder, Sorocom

Toni Laming

Toni Laming CEO, Blinc Innovation

Ed Noma

Ed Noma Advantive AG

Karl Kerksiek

Karl Kerksiek Senior Associate, Finistere Ventures

Toshiharu Kimura

Toshiharu Kimura Advisor, Yamaha Motor Co.

Juan Bravo

Juan Bravo Founder and CEO, AgroBot

Luis Ramón Marin Barrera

Luis Ramón Marin Barrera Strategic Projects Director, FOCIR

AGENDA

The first 3 days of ``The Seeds of Our Future`` will tour through innovative farms and businesses throughout Northern California. The week culminates on August 30th with a full-day conference at Forager in San Jose, CA.

Immersion Program

August 27 - 29

Updated weekly!

Conference Agenda

August 30

Updated weekly!

Immersion Program

subject to change

Day 1 (August 27th)

7:00 am – 8:30 am

Pickup From Hyatt Place San Jose and travel to San Jose Environmental Innovation Center

 

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Registration and Breakfast

 

9:15 am – 9:30 am
Welcome Remarks and Agenda Overview

Denyse Cardozo, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum
Jonathan Hua, International Partnerships Manager at Silicon Valley Forum

 

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Presentation–New Zealand Partnership and the Importance of Global Collaboration

  • George Kellerman, Yamaha MV
  • Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus
  • Moderator: Jonathan Hua, Silicon Valley Forum

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Global Ecosystem Learning Session: Digital Trends and Future Farming
Group Discussions and Presentations

 

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

BREAK

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Laying the Groundwork for Impactful Investments in AgTech

  • George Kellerman, COO and GP, Yamaha Motor Ventures
  • Eric Migicovsky, Partner, Y-Combinator
  • Rob Leclerc, Co-Founder, AgFunder
  • Spencer Maughan, Partner, Finistere Ventures
  • Jason Aramburu, Investor, Baidu.Ventures
  • Moderator: Manuel Gonzalez, Founder, Foodbytes

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

BREAK

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Panel Discussion: The Future of Food is Biotechnology

  • Mike Selden, CEO, Finless Foods
  • Sofia Elizondo, COO, Brightseed
  • Arturo Elizondo, CEO, Clara Foods
  • Moderated by: Jun Axup, Scientific Director, IndieBio

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Presentation: Granular’s Approach to AgTech

  • Christopher Seifert, VP of Data Science, Granular

 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Adjusting Automation Systems to Improve Crop Yield

  • Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus
  • Bakur Kvezereli, CEO and CoFounder, Ztractor
  • Paul Bissett, Harvest CROO Robotics
  • Moderator: Peter Herz, CoFounder and Mg Director, Food Systems 6

 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Travel back to Hyatt Place San Jose

Day 2 (August 28th)

6:30 am – 9:15 am

Pickup From San Jose and travel to Bowles Farm, Los Banos

 

9:15 am – 11:00 am

Tour of Bowles Farm and Showcase of Water Technology

  • Manu Pillai, Founder and President, WaterBit
  • Danny Royer, VP of Technology, Bowles Farming Company

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Commute to Fresno State

 

12:30 pm – 1:10 pm

Welcome and Quick Talk: Fresno State Innovation in Water, Energy, and Ag

  • Dr. Sandra Witte, Dean, Fresno State University
  • Helle Petersen, Program Manager, WET Center

 

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm

Talk: Status of Water in the San Joaquin Valley

  • Sarge Green, Interim Director, Center for Irrigation Technology

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel: Strategies and Innovation for Stretching Water

  • Manu Pillai, WaterBit
  • Paul Betancourt, Fresno State
  • Olivier Jerphagnon, Founder and CEO, PowWow Energy
  • Moderator: David Zoldoske, Project Specialist, Center for Irrigation Technology

 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Break

 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pitch Session: Water, Energy and AgTech Companies (includes Q&A)

  • Mitch Partovi, Key Acct Manager, Waterfind USA
  • Waldo Moraga, CEO and GM, Eco2Mix
  • Moderator: Jeff Macon, Program Manager, Fresno State’s California Water Institute

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Facility Tour: Fresno State and The WET Center

  • Bill Green, Education Mgr, Center for Irrigation Technology
  • Tim Jacobsen, Field Research Mgr, Center for Irrigation Technology

 

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Day 3 (August 29th)

7:00 am – 9:15 am

Pickup from San Jose and travel to Salinas/ CSU Monterey Bay

 

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Welcome remarks with Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter

 

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel—Growing Pains: Understanding the Critical Needs of Farmers

  • Jackie Vazquez, Director of Ag Operations, Andrew Williamson
  • Josh Ruiz, VP of Ag Operations, Church Brothers Farms
  • Sammy Duda, Senior VP of National Operations, Duda Farm Fresh Food
  • Moderator: Hank Giclas, SVP Science Technology Strategic Planning Western Growers

 

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Panel—Practical Applications in Blockchain: A New Business Model for Produce Management

  • Deborah Magid, Director of Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group
  • Alessandro Turatti, President and CEO, Turatti North America
  • Brendan Solan, Director of Supply Chain Platforms, Driscoll’s
  • Raja Ramachandran, Founder, Ripe.io
  • Moderator: Mareese Keane, Platform Director, Thrive Accelerator

 

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking at Western Growers Center for Innovation

 

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Travel to Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presentations—Berry Harvesting for the Future: Accelerating Supply Chain Processes Using Applied AI and ML

  • Miles Reiter, Chairman and Owner, Driscoll’s
  • Nolan Paul, R&D Strategy, Driscoll’s
  • Michael Christensen, Dir of Technical Services, Driscoll’s
  • Miku Jha, Founder and CEO, AgShift
  • Jason Bates, Senior Director, Driscoll’s
  • Adam Wolf, Founder and CEO, Arable

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Break and Networking

 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch Pitch Night!

  • Agribody Tech
  • Impact Vision
  • Kakaxi
  • AgConex
  • Pinpoint Science

 

4:30 pm – 5 :30 pm

Networking and Wrap-Up

 

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Conference Agenda (August 30th)

subject to change

8:30 – 9:10 am

Registration and networking

 

9:10 – 9:15 am  

Opening Remarks: Denyse Cardozo, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum

 

9:15 – 9:45 am

Keynote: Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

 

9:45 – 10:00 am

Speed Talk: Blockchain and IoT in Taiwan’s Agricultural Sector

Speaker:
James Huang, OBOOK Inc.

 

10:00 – 10:35 am

Panel Discussion: How Can NZ Agritech Feed the World

Panelists:
Peter Wren Hilton, Executive Director, Agritech New Zealand
Nicky Molloy, Business Innovation Adviser – Agritech, Callaghan Innovation
Toni Laming, CEO of Blinc Innovation
Tim Groser, New Zealand Ambassador to the US

 

10:35 – 10:50 am

Short Break and Brella Networking

 

10:50 – 11:25 am

Speed Talk: Mexico’s Innovations in AgTech

Speaker:
Luis Ramón Marin Barrera, Strategic Projects Director at the Capitalization and Investment Fund for the Rural Sector of Mexico (FOCIR)

 

11:25 – 12:00 pm

Panel Discussion—The Agricultural Landscape in Japan

Panelists:
Ed Noma, Advantiv Ag
Kenta Yasukawa, Soracom
Nolan Paul, Driscoll’s
Toshi Kimura, Yamaha Motor Ventures
Mod: Karl Kerksiek, Finistere Ventures

 

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch, Brella Networking and DroneSprout Demo—Sponsored by DroneSprout

 

1:00 – 1:35 pm  

Keynote with Finistere Ventures: Farm 2050 Investment Research
Arama Kukutai, Co-Founder

 

1:35 – 1:45 pm  

Quick Talk: Watermelon Harvesting and Labor Robotics on the Farm
Danny Royer, Bowles Farm

 

1:50 – 2:05 pm

Speed Talk: Autonomous Irrigation Systems
Danny Royer and Manu Pillai, Bowles Farm

 

2:05 – 2:25 pm

Speed Talk: Innovations in the Meat Alternative Revolution

Speaker:
Dr. Allison Berke, The Good Food Institute

 

2:25 – 2:50 pm  

Keynote: The Blockchain of Food – Improving the Food Supply Chain
Raja Ramachandran, Founder, Ripe.io

 

2:50 – 3:20 pm

Break

 

 

3:20 – 3:55 pm

Panel Discussion—Agro Processing & Entrepreneurship: The Path Towards Economic Security for India’s Farmers

Speakers:
Moderator: Thea Uppal, US-India Business Council
Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India, San Francisco
Shally Shanker, AIIM Partners

 

3:55 – 4:30 pm  

Panel Discussion: Extending Shelf Life of Agricultural Products

Patricia Hansen, Sofia Ramirez, Gonzalo Fuenzalida

 

4:40 – 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote with Prakash Iyer, SVP Trimble

 

5:00 – 5:10 pm  

Closing remarks—Denyse Cardozo, CEO of Silicon Valley Forum

 

5:10 – 7:00 pm

Cocktails, networking, and conference conclusion

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017!

IT ALL HAPPENS AUGUST 27 – 30, 2018!

The immersion program will take you on a whirlwind tour through Northern California; the conference itself will be held in historic downtown San Jose, CA.

Immersion Program Locations – August 27-29:
San Jose, Salinas, Fresno, Watsonville, and more

 

Conference Location – August 30 only:
Forager
420 S. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95172

 

Parking info: Limited street parking is available near Forager; paid parking is available
two blocks away at the San Jose Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.

2018 Partners

Premier

Silver

Conference Lunch Sponsor

Country Partners

Program Host Partners

In-Kind Partners

Video Production Partner

Networking Partner

Hotel Recommendations

For your convenience, we have a list of hotel recommendations below. Please note: as the pickup point for each day of the program will be in downtown San Jose, the hotels below are, too. If you elect to go with a different hotel, we strongly recommend staying as close as possible to San Jose. The hotels below have been selected because of their proximity to the pickup point and the conference itself.

Fairmont San Jose ($$$$)
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Fairmont San Jose offers refined elegance and sophistication set amid the magnificent backdrop of Northern California.

Westin San Jose ($$$)
The Westin San Jose combines distinctive character and modern design in the heart of downtown San Jose.

San Jose Marriott ($$$)
Connected to the San Jose Convention Center, our recently redesigned San Jose Marriott offers travelers an inspired downtown location.

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