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evokeAG. 2023 Program

evokeAG. is Asia Pacific’s premier agrifood tech event, attracting the entire ecosystem – farmers, innovators, researchers, corporates, government and investors – to one location to connect and collaborate.

Join us at the Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia on 21-22 February 2023 for evokeAG. Down to Earth where we will explore how farming, tech, science and people collectively have the power to bring innovative ideas to life.

In addition to the two-day full scale global event, our Host City Partner The Government of South Australia, Platinum Partner Elders and Gold Partner The University of Adelaide are hosting events on Monday, 20 February 2023 and Thursday, 24 February 2023. Registration is essential for these events, and details are outlined below, along with the evokeAG. program.

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South Australian Agtech Innovation Showcase

9:00am — 4:00pm

Stone & Chalk

The Government of South Australia invites guests to network and explore the local innovation ecosystem and uncover pathways for investment to accelerate innovative ideas from concept through to commercialisation in the marketplace.

Presented by

The Government of South Australia

NFF Next Gen: AgTech and Innovation Policy Roundtable

11:00am — 3:00pm

Technology

Waite Campus

The next generation of Australian farmers hold the key to unlocking AgTech’s potential. To understand the opportunities and challenges of AgTech adoption for young producers, The NFF’s Young Farmers’ Council is hosting a policy roundtable discussion. Young producers, students and those involved in agriculture are welcome to participate in the roundtable discussion.

NFF

Hosted by

National Farmers Federation

Hosted by

Telstra

CSIRO Company Creation’s Inspiration + Ideation for Upcycled Ingredients From Food Loss (I+I²)

10:00am — 4:00pm

CSIRO’s 2023 venture science program is looking for aspiring/experienced entrepreneurs and agrifood businesses to join its’ Inspiration + Ideation (I+I) on the eve of evokeAG.

Presented by

CSIRO

South Australian Aquatic Sciences Centre Tour

2:50pm — 6:00pm

SA Aquatic Sciences Centre

SAASC is one of the most comprehensive research facilities of its kind in Australia.

Presented by

The Government of South Australia

Bridging the gap: what do primary producers need and want from AgTech?

2:00pm — 5:00pm

Adelaide Festival Centre

The session will bring together primary producers and AgTech developers to understand the real needs of producers, their challenges, as well as their vision for AgTech to futureproof their farming enterprises.

Presented by

The Government of South Australia

Presented by

Elders

Welcome Event

6:00pm — 10:00pm

Adelaide Oval “The Hill”

The evokeAG. 2023 Welcome Event will be held on the eve of evokeAG. 2023 Monday, 20 February 2023.  The Welcome Event will bring together delegates ahead of the two-day event to kickstart the conversation and connections.  

 

Presented by

evokeAG

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Registration opens

8:00am — 9:00am

North Terrace

Once you have checked in at the registration kiosks, you will be able to begin exploring The Hive.

Exhibition and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Hive

Our world famous exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at anytime among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:45am

Plenary

  • Introduction by Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Welcome to Country
  • Official opening by AgriFutures Australia

Opening remarks

9:45am — 9:55am

Plenary

Since the inception of evokeAG. in 2019, Elders has supported our mission to help drive innovation and growth in Australia’s agricultural industry.

Keynote - One in a "Maverick"

9:55am — 10:30am

Technology

Global investment

Plenary

We all want to innovate, but is that enough? What if the pace of innovation isn’t fast enough to save us from climate change or worse?

Morning Tea

10:30am — 11:00am

The Hive

Fireside chat - Bringing space down to earth

11:00am — 11:20am

Technology

Plenary

Space tech is transforming our world and with it, entire industries.

Keynote - FoodShot: a MoonShot for better food

11:20am — 11:35am

Global investment

Sustainability

Plenary

What happens when big money gets behind big ideas? Find out how entrepreneurs, investors and social change agents are using science and technology to answer the big questions and achieve radical change to feed a growing human population safely.

Panel discussion - Going global: who's investing in agribusiness?

11:35am — 12:15pm

Global investment

Plenary

Geopolitical tensions. The relationship between inflation and commodities. Emerging markets and industry diversity.

Adam Anders evokeAG 2023 speaker

Adam Anders

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Anterra Capital

Matthew Pryor

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Tenacious Ventures

Panel discussion - Accelerating commercialisation with AgriFutures growAG.

12:15pm — 12:35pm

Investment

Technology

Plenary

Finding world-leading research, technologies and commercialisation opportunities in one easy-to-use location, has always been a challenge – until growAG.com.

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School & Dean Agriculture & Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland

Lunch

12:35pm — 1:35pm

The Hive

Fireside chat - Cooperative Co-operative: a tale of collaboration between industry and innovation

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Alternative protein

Synthetic biology

Plenary

How can making milk without cows benefit Australian dairy farmers?

Panel discussion - Reality check: moving beyond sustainability frameworks in agriculture

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Sustainability

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Australia and New Zealand’s land-based agricultural industries have set ambitious sustainability targets for the future.

Workshop - Data as a second language: understanding what your farm is saying to you

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Technology

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Uber and Airbnb turned two conventional industries on their heads. How did they do it?

 

Andrew Cooke

Andrew Cooke

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rezare Systems

Workshop - Empowering farmers to shape the future of environmental reporting

1:35pm — 2:15pm

Farming

Gilbert Room

Science, technology, coupled with an investment in skills and capability, need to be harnessed to empower farmers to shape the future of natural capital management and environmental reporting.

Jen Barwick

Jen Barwick

National Climate and Nature Coordinator, Pew Charitable Trust

Dr Sue Ogilvy

Program Director at the Macdoch Foundation (Farming for the Future Project)

Transition time

2:15pm — 2:20pm

Panel discussion - Digital distraction: making on-farm data work for you

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Farming

Technology

Plenary

This session will begin with a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

Data can provide insights on everything from optimal irrigation and equipment maintenance to soil fertility, but with a plethora of apps and software solutions, how do producers move from digital distraction to meaningful decision-making?

 

Brad Egan

2022 Young Farmer of the Year and Award for Excellence in Innovation

Hans Loder

Nuffield Scholar and Vineyard Manager at Penley Estate

Fiona Turner

Co-Founder and CEO, Bitwise Agronomy, and Producer, Jinglers Creek Vineyard

Brought to you by

The Council of RDCs

Panel discussion - What will it take to satisfy the growing global appetite for protein?

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Future of food

Breakout Room 1

With an expected two billion extra people to feed by 2050, coupled with changing tastes and dietary preferences, there is a growing global demand for more protein, produced more sustainably and from a wider variety of sources.

David Jochinke

AV Jochinke and Co. & Vice President, National Farmers’ Federation

Panel discussion - Startup capital: local vs global

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Investment

Breakout Room 2

Prior to 2019 there wasn’t a single local (Australian) venture capital firm focused on agritech. Today, there are multiple players.

Justin Webb

Executive Chairman and Co-founder of AgriWebb

Workshop

2:20pm — 2:55pm

Farming

Sustainability

Gilbert Room

CommBank will join a panel of industry experts and producers to discuss the theme of measurement under the thematic of sustainability in agriculture. Solutions to get to carbon neutral, the important role of measurement and how CommBank supports farmers in these endeavours.

Brought to you by

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Transition time

2:55pm — 3:00pm

Panel discussion - Opportunities in agriculture: the perspective of Indigenous people

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Indigenous agriculture

Plenary

Indigenous peoples are the original stewards of the land and with that, the very first agriculturalists.

Jacob Birch

Researcher and Academic, Southern Cross University

Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson

MD, Yambangku Aboriginal Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development Aboriginal Corporation

Workshop - The secret sauce: from agritech startup to commercialisation

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Farming

Investment

Gilbert Room

With Syngenta as a provider of plant health solutions and Pairtree Intelligence as a data integrator, together their aligned partnership is adding value to farmers.

Brett Hofman

Head of Business Development, Syngenta Australia, and New Zealand

Brought to you by

Syngenta

Panel discussion - Eyes wide open: who gets the money and who gets the (carbon) credit?

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Carbon farming

Sustainability

Breakout Room 1

This session will begin with a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

Governments, industries and companies the world over are stepping up their climate commitments, but can carbon credit markets help us meet net-zero targets or do they simply allow emitters to continue to release greenhouse gases?

 

Greg Butler

Managing Director, Clean Carbon Pty Ltd and Research & Development Manager, SANTFA

Panel discussion - Hello robot: autonomous agriculture

3:00pm — 3:40pm

Technology

Breakout Room 2

This session will begin with a three minute Startup Showcase.

 

Self-driving tractors, seed planting robots and agricultural drones are all putting new technology and better outcomes in the hands of our producers.

 

Professor Craig Baillie

Head of School & Dean Agriculture & Environmental Science, University of Southern Queensland

Ben Kelly

Production Systems Manager – Production and Precision Ag, John Deere

Robert Hardie

Executive Manager - Health and Agriculture at nbn™ Australia

Afternoon tea

3:40pm — 4:10pm

The Hive

Keynote - By endurance we conquer: a Shackletonian approach to the climate crisis 

4:10pm — 5:05pm

Global challenges

Sustainability

Plenary

This session will commence and close with a Future Young Leader presentation, as well as a presentation by the AgriFutures Researcher of the Year.

 

Environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker Tim Jarvis AM shares lessons on leadership, resilience, teamwork and goal-setting learned from his polar expeditions.

 

Tim Jarvis AM

Tim Jarvis Consulting, environmental scientist, author and adventurer

Festival of Food

5:05pm — 8:00pm

The Festival of Food is a casual networking function for delegates to see out Day 1. Enjoy a delicious array of canapes and drinks featuring locally sourced produce.

Agritech Meetup South Australia

6:30pm — 10:00pm

Following Festival of Food Agritech Meetup South Australia will be hosting a meetup for the SA Agritech Community and evokeAG. delegates.

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Doors open

8:00am — 9:00am

North Terrace

Exhibitions and Startup Alley

8:00am — 5:00pm

The Hive

Our world famous exhibition and Startup Alley will run across the two-day event. Immerse yourself at anytime among some of the world’s best operators and inventors in agriculture.

Welcome

9:00am — 9:10am

Plenary

MC welcomes delegates and provides a recap of Day 1 proceedings.

Senator the Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry delivers Day 2’s opening address.

Panel discussion - The collision of the four Cs

9:10am — 10:25am

Global challenges

Plenary

This session will be followed by a presentation from an evokeAG. Future Young Leader.

 

World trade continues to be impacted by the Four Cs: climate, covid, conflict and cost. But which changes are temporary, and which are permanent?

 

Sam Trethewey

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Tasmanian Agricultural Company

Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt

Food and Agribusiness Consultant

Morning tea

10:25am — 10:50am

The Hive

Panel discussion - Farm to arm fashion: how innovation is driving sustainability on the runway

10:50am — 11:35am

Sustainability

Plenary

Socially conscious consumers are increasingly demanding sustainable fashion, driving companies to innovate greener forms of fibre production.

Workshop

10:50am — 11:35am

Farming

Sustainability

Gilbert Room

Globally, research and investment into biological solutions to improve soil and plant health is accelerating exponentially.

Ben Barlow

Managing Director, New Edge Microbials

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter Wren-Hilton

Co-Founder & CEO, Wharf 42 and Co-Convenor of the 2023 Salinas Biological Summit.

Brought to you by

Wharf42

Brand ag

10:50am — 11:35am

Global challenges

Breakout Room 1

Clean and green is to New Zealand, what the Emerald Isle is to Ireland and what innovation is to Israel.

Shifka Seigel

Project Manager, Israel Australian Chamber of Commerce

Panel discussion - SynBio: transforming agriculture one cell at a time

10:50am — 11:35am

Synthetic biology

Breakout Room 2

From designing crops for fuel production, to creating programmable cells to fight disease, synthetic biology or SynBio is big business.

Transition time

11:35am — 11:40am

Panel discussion - Biosecurity: how are we safeguarding our $100 billion industry target?

11:40am — 12:15pm

Biosecurity

Plenary

As an agricultural industry, we’re targeting $100 billion per annum in farm gate output by 2030.

Samantha Allan

GM, Emergency Preparedness, Animal Health & Biosecurity, Animal Health Australia

Workshop- Next gen: biomanufacturing for Earth, sustainability and space

11:40am — 12:15pm

Synthetic biology

Technology

Gilbert Room

Our growing ability to engineer biology with automation, AI and data analytics is driving a biomanufacturing revolution.