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.

AgTech Startups – Apply to pitch at Driscoll’s Cassin Ranch on Aug 29th here.

Farmers and Growers – Get a complimentary invite to the conference on Aug 30th 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

Dir. Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group

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

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

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

Liz Specht

Liz Specht Senior Scientist, The Good Food Institute

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 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
New Zealand Partnerships and 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
Speakers:
George Kellerman, Yamaha Motor Ventures
Eric Migicovsky, Y-Combinator
Rob Leclerc, AgFunder
more panelists to be announced

 

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

BREAK

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

PANEL – The Future of Food is Biotechnology
Host: Jun Axup, IndieBio
Mike Selden, Finless Foods
Sofia Elizondo, Brighseed
Arturo, Elizondo, Clara Foods

 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Talk with Granular
Christopher Seifert, VP of Data Science

 

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Adjusting Automation Systems to Improve Crop Yield
Steve Saunders, Robotics Plus
Bakur Kvezereli, Ztractor
Harvest Croo, Paul Binney

 

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Day 2 (August 28th)

6:00 am – 9:00 am

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

 

9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tour of Bowles Farm and Showcase of Water Technology
Speakers:
Manu Pillai, WaterBit
Danny Royer, Bowles Farm
Hosted by Bowles Farms

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Commute & Lunch

 

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The Future of Water Technology: Innovation and Investment Opportunities
Dr. Sandra Witte, Dean at Fresno State
Helle Petersen, Water Energy and Technology Center
Sarge Green, Center for Irrigation Technology
Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology
Tim Jacobsen, Center for Irrigation Technology
Hosted by The Wet Center

 

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Talk: Status of Water in the San Joaquin Valley
Sarge Green, Water Management Specialist, Fresno State

Panel: Strategies and Innovation for Stretching Water
Moderator: David Zoldoske
Panelists: Manu Pillai, WaterBit
Paul Bettencourt

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Break

 

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Water, Energy and Ag Pitches

Moderator: Jeff Macon
Waterfind (Mitch Partovi)
Waldo Moraga, Eco2Mix

 

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Travel back to San Jose

Day 3 (August 29th)

7:00 am – 9:30 am

Pickup from San Jose 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

 

10:30 am – 11:30 pm

Practical Applications in Blockchain: A New Business Model for Produce Management
Moderator: Mareese Keane, Thrive Accelerator
Deborah Magid, IBM Ventures (on behalf of IBM Blockchain team)
Alessandro Turatti, Turatti North America
Brendan Solan, Driscoll’s
Ami Patel, Ripe.io

 

11:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking at Portabello’s

 

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

Startup Presentations by Driscoll’s partners

 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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

 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Break

 

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

Conference Agenda (August 30th)

subject to change

8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration and networking

 

9:00 – 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

Welcome Speech by Yamaha Motor Ventures

 

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

 

10:35 – 10:50 am

Short Break

 

10:50 – 11:25 am

Canada: Panel Discussion—topic and panelists to be announced

 

11:25 – 12:00 pm

Japan: Panel Discussion—topic and panelists to be announced

 

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lunch, Networking and B2B Farmer Networking—Sponsored by DroneSprout
Sarah DiCicco and Brian DiCicco, CoFounders

 

1:00 – 1:35 pm  

Keynote with Finistere Ventures
Arama Kukutai, Co-Founder

 

1:35 – 1:45 pm  

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

 

1:45 – 2:20 pm

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

 

2:20 – 2:30 pm  

Fireside Chat: Innovations in the Clean Meat Revolution
Dr. Liz Specht, Senior Scientist at The Good Food Institute

 

2:30 – 3:05 pm

China: Panel Discussion—topic and panelists to be announced

 

3:05 – 3:20 pm

Short Break

 

3:20 – 3:30 pm

India: Panel Discussion—topic and panelists to be announced

 

3:30 – 4:05 pm

Lightning Talk—topic and speaker to be announced

 

4:05 – 4:40 pm  

Chile—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 Francisco, Davis, Watsonville, and more

 

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

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.

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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