evokeAG

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This SwagBot was designed to be put to work on cattle farms and deal with undulating and difficult terrain.
This SwagBot was designed to be put to work on cattle farms and deal with undulating and difficult terrain.
Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR)

For two days in mid-February 2019, AgriFutures Australia (formerly RIRDC) will host an international technology event for the food and farming community in Melbourne.

The event, known as evokeAG, will bring together leaders in the ag-tech space as well as farmers, innovators, investors and consumers from across Australia and the world to explore potential new directions for the next generation of food and farming, showcasing the latest innovations in ag-tech.

The organisers contend that Australia has “the right ingredients” to lead the world in setting the agenda for food and farming going forward.

The rate of technological change presents Australia and its industries with great opportunities for advancement, notes John Harvey, Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia on the evokeAG website. 

“We have experienced farmers, productive land, bright young minds, engaged organisations and cutting-edge research,” he says. “Global agriculture has problems needing solutions." 

The aim of the evokeAG initiative is to connect people across the food and agriculture landscape “to change the conversation and elevate thinking to expedite outcomes”. Its overarching mission is to become the most important gathering of this kind in the Asia-Pacific region, driving innovation, collaboration, funding and opportunities.

“We stand on the threshold of a new era in global agriculture with the explosion of new technologies like machine learning, robotics, synthetic biology, internet of things, augmented reality and many more,” notes Harvey. “These technologies ... cross sectors and industries and impact at a global scale.

“Now is the time for us to shape how these technologies will transform the future of food and farming ... to harness [our] collective experience, knowledge and talent of everyone, both domestically and internationally.

Together, we can seize the opportunities, leverage our advantages, diversify and create new market opportunities.”

The evokeAG Steering Committee, which includes leaders from AgFunder, AgThentic, Austrade, CSIRO, Food Futures Company, KPMG and SproutX, will be shaping the event strategically to ensure maximum impact.

“Working in collaboration with our Steering Committee means evokeAG will be different to anything before in this space,” Harvey says. “We have the brightest minds working together towards one goal – to power prosperity by connecting agriculture, food and its communities to technology.”

evokeAG 2019 is scheduled to take place at the Royal Exhibition Building on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

AgFutures encourages farmers, investors, agrifood tech start-ups, students, researchers, accelerators, incubators, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, government officials, corporates, businesses and consumers to get involved.

Registration and more information

Register your interest in attending evokeAG at the official event website. Those keen on showcasing or sponsoring the event can also sign up to receive a prospectus via the event site.

Follow evokeAG on evoke_ag, evokeAG and #evokeAG.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 09:00 to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 17:30