New MobileTech 2017 programme tackling disruptive innovations for primary industries

Disruptive innovations, especially digital technologies, are driving significant improvements in operational efficiency throughout the primary sector and to remain internationally competitive, the primary industries must embrace these changes. In light of this, MobileTech’s’s event organiser, Connex, has just announced the MobileTech 2017 programme.

Programme manager Ken Wilson explains that the event is designed for those with an interest in mobile technology for the rural sector and in the rapid developments in cloud computing, wireless sensors, big data, satellite imagery and others.

It’s an independent programme about the technology and what it can do’ not about politics, markets or the business buzzwords of the day.

“We knew the ongoing digital revolution was going to have a dramatic impact on how the primary sector operates,” says Wilson. “We wanted MobileTech to be a place for the rural sector’s brightest minds, technologists, early adopters and innovators to meet and discuss how these new technologies can best be utilised.”

“We’ve got really inspiring and practical speakers who are delivering real change for the industry,” he says. “This is one of our strongest programmes. The line-up is full of award winning technologies, innovative new platforms and exciting applications.”

 MobileTECH 2017 will open with Deloitte’s Andrew Gibbs and Marcel van den Assum from Angel Association NZ, Hannah Fraser from Enterprise Ireland and US-based Zach Gentry from FarmX.

Also, featuring on day one will be innovative farmer’s Tony Walters and Chris Allen, Lachlan Mckay from T&G Pipfruit, Jason Roebuck from StockX Systems, Patrick Verryt from Spark Ventures, Vikram Kumar from KotahiNet, Greg Bodeker from the Centre for Space Science Technology, Jeremy Anderson from Vodafone and Stretchsense’s Sarah Jennings.

The second day’s programme includes Mike Chapman from Horticulture NZ, Alistair Scarfe from Robotics Plus, Andrew Cooke from Rezare Systems, USA-based Sentera Solutions, Fonterra’s Tim Cutfield, Eva Schroer-Merker from Agri One and Australia’s David Edwards from Automed.

Rounding off the list includes farmer Nigel Taylor, John Bansfield from DroneMate, Stuart Ralston from Trimble and Bruno Lago from Catalyst IT.

Key topics include how to create and foster an agri tech start-up community in New Zealand, the roll out of the Internet of Things, digitising livestock trading, simplifying real-time business data and disruptive applications.

MobileTECH 2017 will be running on 22-23 March 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The full programme and further details can be found on the event website,


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