SILICON VALLEY FORUM PRESENTS

THE SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE: INNOVATING GLOBAL AGTECH

AUGUST 27-30, 2018 | SILICON VALLEY, CA

#SVFAgTech18

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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.

 

Farmers and Growers – Get a complimentary invite to the conference 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.

Watch 2017 Highlights: The Seeds of Our Future AgTech Program

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Speakers

more to be announced

Immersion Program Speakers

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 AgTech Platform Director, Thrive Accelerator

AgTech Platform Director, Thrive Accelerator

Rob Leclerc

Rob Leclerc CoFounder, AgFunder

CoFounder AgFunder

Helle Peterson

Helle Peterson General Manager, The WET 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

Conference Speakers

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

CEO, Silicon Valley Forum

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

Steven Saunders

Steven Saunders Owner & Board Chairman, RoboticsPlus

Charlie Wang

Charlie Wang CEO & President, Oasis Biotech

Ricardo Jaramillo

Ricardo Jaramillo CoFounder, Agrofuturo

Agenda

Updated weekly – subject to change

2018 Agenda

subject to change

Day 1 (August 27th) – The Seeds of Our Future Immersion Program

7:00 am – 8:30 am

Pickup From Hotel. Travel to first location.

 

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

 

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Welcome Remarks – with Silicon Valley Forum and Yamaha Motor Ventures
The Importance of Global Collaboration

 

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Global Ecosystem Learning Session
speakers to be announced

 

11:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Lunch Break and Networking

 

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

PANEL – Laying the Groundwork for Impactful Investments in AgTech
panelists to be announced

 

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

BREAK

 

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

PANEL – Latest AgTech M&A Success Stories
panelists to be announced

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Travel to our next visit

 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The Future of Mega City Farming
speakers to be announced

 

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Travel to Yamaha Motor Ventures

 

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PANEL – Complexities of Adjusting Automation Solutions to Varying Crop Environments
Hosted by Yamaha Motor Ventures

 

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Travel back to Hotel

Day 2 (August 28th) – the Seeds of Our Future Immersion Program

6:00 am – 9:00 am

Pickup From Hotel and travel to Bowles Farm, Los Banos

 

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Showcase of Latest Water Technology
Hosted by Bowles Farms

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Commute & Lunch

 

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Future of Water Technology: Innovation and Investment Opportunities
Hosted by The Wet Center

 

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Break

 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Water Tech Pitch
Hosted by The Wet Center

 

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Day 3 (August 29th) – the Seeds of Our Future Immersion Program

7:00 am – 9:30 am

Pickup from hotel and travel to Salinas

 

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Welcome remarks with Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter

PANEL – Growing Pains: Understanding the Critical Needs of Farmers
Location to be announced

 

10:30 am – 11:30 pm

Practical Applications in Blockchain: A New Business Model for Produce Management
Location to be announced

 

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Berry Harvesting for the Future: Accelerating Supply Chain Processes Using Applied AI and ML
Hosted by Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Startup Presentations and B2B Matchmaking session
Hosted by Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch

 

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch Pitch Night!
International Pitch Session with selected startups

 

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Day 4 (August 30th) – The Seeds of Our Future Conference

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Conference Registration and Breakfast

 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seeds of Our Future AgTech Conference begins!

 

10:10 am – 10:45 am

New Zealand – How Can NZ Agritech Feed the World
More schedule and topics to be announced

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 Francisco, Davis, Watsonville, and more

 

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

2018 Partners

Premier

Silver

Country Partners

Community 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.

Sponsorship Packages

Sponsorship Packages

If you’re interested in hosting a session on the Immersion Program or organizing a country panel at the Conference, enter your details below and we will email you more info. 

Participant Invitation Letter

Participant Invitation Letter

If you’d like to attend the full program, but need a bit of extra help to obtain support and/or approval from your employer—financial, philosophical, or both—we have pre-written an invitation letter for you to send on your own behalf. Please fill out your details below and we will email the letter to you. Note: we will only use this information to create the letter.

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