Peter Wren-Hilton of Agritech New Zealand leads the discussion as we revisit how to feed the world in 2050. This session addresses how both the use of robotics and technology advancements will be needed to feed population growth.
A chance to hear a balanced and constructive conversation, the panel features sector experts from all sides. Tune in as they talk on automation in AgriTech, feeding the world, along with what innovation is happening globally and in Aotearoa.
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Dr Alistair Scarfe grew up in agriculture where he developed a passion for using technology to improve farming. He has been developing agricultural robotic systems since 2008, including building the prototype autonomous kiwifruit harvester for his PhD thesis. Alistair is a founder of Robotics Plus and sits across Chief Technical Officer and company director roles, making him responsible for overseeing the execution of all of RPL’s projects.
Peter is the Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand. He works with industry, research organisations, the government and the investment community to help scale the agritech sector.
Through Peter, Agritech New Zealand has built some major global partnerships which are designed to transform New Zealand’s agritech landscape.
Peter is also a co-founder of WNT Ventures, the Bay of Plenty-based technology incubator. This activity enables Peter to enjoy his passion – seeing early stage companies and entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses from New Zealand.
Bridgit Hawkins is the award winning founder and CEO of Regen, an innovative tech company creating world class, technology-based solutions for the agricultural and farming sectors. Bridgit grew up on a sheep & beef farm near Taupo and has built an interesting and varied career founded on a Masters of Agricultural Science from Massey University.
Kate Gwilliam is the Chief Executive and a company director of Zeddy, an agritech business producing cutting edge automation in the animal feeding market.
Kate has driven the development and commercialisation of Zeddy which provides their customers with increased feed utilisation allowing for increased profitability and sustainability.
As well with being involved in other Agritech business Kate has a passion for driving tech engagement in agriculture. Kate and her husband run two dairy farms in the Manawatu and Horowhenua areas.