August 20-23, 2019 | SILICON VALLEY, CA



About the Program

Silicon Valley Forum’s Seeds of Our Future Immersion Program invites global AgTech innovators on an intenstive  three-day 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.

The Seeds of Our Future Immersion Program will be held August 20-23, 2019, and will tour through a variety of locations in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the Central Valley. You’ll have the opportunity to tour working farms and agricultural centers, and visit innovative companies and startups working in biotech, agtech, drones and UAV, big data/IoT, and much more.

Watch 2017 Highlights: The Seeds of Our Future AgTech Program



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Past 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,

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


``The Seeds of Our Future`` will tour through innovative farms and businesses throughout Northern California.

Immersion Program

August 20-23

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Immersion Program

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Day 1 (August 20th)

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Day 2 (August 21st)

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Day 3 (August 23rd)

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Seeds of Our Future through the years


Don’t miss this intensive immersion tour through beautiful Northern California!

Immersion Program Locations – August 20 – 23:
Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the Central Valley

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