WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL THIS YEAR!
Due to the ongoing public safety concerns, Seeds of Our Future this year will be moved to a 2-Day webinar session instead on August 25 and 26, 2020. If you have already purchased a ticket, please check your inbox for an email with more information. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SILICON VALLEY FORUM PRESENTS
A SEEDS OF OUR FUTURE
VIRTUAL 2-DAY EVENT
August 25 & 26, 2020 | Via Zoom
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Technology has undoubtedly reinvented agriculture in recent decades, greatly increasing the efficiency of farmland and allowing growers to provide food at a low cost to billions.
AgTech as we know it has revolutionized our food systems in recent decades; continued capital deployed to technologies for the farm – including utilizing AI, IoT, blockchain, robotics, and biological testing – is allowing growers around the world to optimize their resources.
Our food systems are changing rapidly as technologies are developed and deployed in all areas of the supply chain – literally from farm to fork. The challenges to our food systems continue to grow, however, as resource and environmental constraints create the continued need to innovate.
The role of agtech will only grow; Silicon Vally Forum is proud to be a supporter of his burgeoning sector by working with the entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and growers who are dedicated to building better food systems.
Since 2015, Silicon Valley Forum has held our annual summer gathering, Seeds of our Future, as a part of our efforts to support those driving this sector forward.
While 2020 is providing challenges for all of those in the agriculture and agtech sectors, we are dedicated to continue supporting the work of technologists and growers around the world.
August 25, 2020 @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST: Agtech Startups in the Time of COVID-19
The events of the past few months have turned the startup world on its head. As venture capitalists shift their efforts to supporting their portfolio companies during these challenging times, funds are signaling a pullback in funding and we have seen a significant decrease in valuations. The ability of agtech startups to weather the storm depends in part on grower’s willingness to continue investing in technology; given the restrictions in movement and social distancing guidelines, startups could also provide solutions to come of the largest challenges in our food systems today. How have agtech investors responded to current events? Where are startups thriving? How can agtech startups position themselves for the coming “new normal”?
August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST: Using Technology to Build Resiliency in our Food Systems
As spring gives way to summer, and summer eventually to fall, the agriculture machines of North America hum to life – but things are looking much different this growing season. The blow to our food systems is unclear – with the potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in the fall, the full impact cannot yet be measured. Some farmers, especially those producing staple crops, may see less of a disruption as many food producers at scale have already shifted to semi-automated systems. Others, including specialty crops that rely on human labor, may see a bigger shift. However, opportunities present themselves with these ongoing challenges; as growers implement new technologies to combat COVID-19, the pathway for permanent technology adoption exists. How are growers using technology to overcome new challenges? Which agtech sectors are experiencing the largest growth? Where do challenges still exist for growers? Join our experts for a roundtable discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on our food systems and ways in which technology can provide solutions.
Past Speakers and Presenters
2020 speakers announced soon!
Dennis DonohueDirector, Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology
Charles BaronCo-Founder & VP, Farmer's Business Network, Inc.
Nick SramekDirector of International Relations, Silicon Valley Forum
Aaron MagenheimFounder, AgTech Insight
Alex LucePartner, Creative Ventures
Denyse CardozoExecutive Director, Silicon Valley Forum
Scott SedgelyVice Mayor, City of Napa
Rohini BanskotaDirector of Policy, Finless Foods
B. David VosburgCFO & SVP Strategy, Crop One Holdings
Ryan BrantleyDirector of Cultivation, Caliva
Paul HendersonCEO, Grupo Flor
Joe GunterMayor of Salinas
Karl KerksiekVC, Finistere Ventures
Robert MorrisFounder and CEO, TerrAvion, Inc.
Omer DavidiFounder and CEO, BeeHero
Jamie BacherCoFounder and CEO, Boost Biomes
Bruce BordenCOO, FarmX
Adrian Ferraro FernandezCoFounder and CEO, Biome Makers Inc.
Naeem ZafarCoFounder and CEO, TeleSense
Morgan PaxhiaManaging Director & Chief Investor, Poseidon Asset Managment
Adam WolfChief Scientist, Arable Labs Inc.
Will DraytonDirector Technical Viticulture & Research Winemaking, Treasury Wine Estates
Adam ReineckGlobal Design Director, IDEO.org
Luan NioSenior Partnerships Lead, IDEO.org
Deborah MagidDirector, Software Strategies, IBM Ventures
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