The upcoming MobileTECH 2019 agritech event in New Zeland will play host to a number of international guest speakers and technologies. Yasir Khokhar, CEO of Connecterra is one of the keynore speakers at the event.
“MobileTECH is one of New Zealand’s largest annual agritech events and we are looking forward to showcasing a wide range of world-class digital technologies for our food and fiber sectors,” said programme manager, Ken Wilson. “Artificial intelligence, machine learning, smart data and other automation technologies are starting to make a big impact on productivity for early-adopters throughout our agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors,” said Mr Wilson. Of the over 30 speakers at MobileTECH 2019, close to half are flying into New Zealand to take part in the programme.
Innovations among agtech startups
Yasir Khokhar, CEO of Connecterra, is one of the keynote speakers at the event. He has been making waves internationally over the last couple of years with his mission to ‘build an artificial intelligence that will grow food sustainably to feed future generations’. While Connecterra has released an award-winning ‘intelligent cow-monitoring system’, his company’s drive has been that data and algorithms in themselves won’t change anything – but they do offer us the potential to experiment and to learn what works best under what circumstances. Connecting individual data points with a multitude of related data can have an enormously positive impact on farm productivity.
Transforming NZ economy
The opening keynote at MobileTECH 2019 will be Russell Craig, Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer. His focus will be on how digital innovations are transforming the NZ economy. “NZ is a world-leading digital nation. I’m excited to see all the digital opportunities and innovation happening across our primary industries,” said Mr Craig. The MobileTECH 2019 event is running on 3-4 April 2019 in Rotorua, New Zealand. Further details can be found on the event website, www.mobiletech.events. The next event takes place in April 2020, also in Rotorua, New Zealand.