2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit

 2017 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit (AgTech 2017) will be Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. 

 

Creating, developing and building connections between entrepreneurs, industry, and growers is a key component to implementing innovation in agriculture. Please join us for the second annual AgTech Summit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Subscribe to our AgTech Innovation Summit mailing list to stay up to date on speakers, panel subjects and more at https://illinois.edu/gm/subscribe/35584

This event is co-hosted by the College of ACES, the University of Illinois Research Park, and the Office of Corporate Relations at the University of Illinois. 

Registration is now closed.

Walk-ins are welcome to attend the afternoon session beginning at 1 p.m.

2017 Schedule of Events (Tentative)

Reception: Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium.
Summit: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the event will conclude at 3 p.m.

Opening Reception 2/22/2017

EnterpriseWorks

Midwest I-Corps Node Tech Showcase
Featured Guest: 

5:30-7:00pm

Summit event takes place at the I Hotel Conference Center on 2/23/2017

Registration

8:00-8:30am

Opening Remarks
Laura Frerichs - University of Illinois Research Park
Robert J. Jones - Chancellor of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kimberlee Kidwell - University of Illinois Dean of ACES

8:30-8:45am

Morning Keynote: Bill Simmons - Agrible

8:45-9:15am

Ag Investor Panel
Moderator: 
Laura Frerichs, Research Park 
Panelists:
Rob Schultz, Serra Ventures
Tom Parkinson, Illinois Ventures
Dave Russell, Lewis and Clark Ventures
Justin Strausbaugh, CME Ventures

Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures  

9:15-9:55am

Break

9:55-10:05am

Ag Data State of the Union:
Moderator: Robert Brunner, Big Data Executive in Residence, Research Park
Panelists:
Chris Harbourt, Agrible
Neil Hausmann, DuPont Pioneer
Jim Mellon, Syngenta
Mark Moran, John Deere
Bborie Park, Granular

10:05-11:05am

Plan, Plant, Spray, Harvest, Till: Growers Talk Back
Moderator: 
Bradley Uken
Panelists: 
Matt Barnard
Pete Pistorius
Ken Dalenberg

11:05am-12:00pm

Lunch Buffet

12:00-12:20pm

Lunch Keynote: Prof. Steve Long, Gutgsell Endowed University Professor
Listed by Reuters as one of the "Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2016", 

12:20-1:00pm

Break

1:00-1:15pm

A Peek Behind the Curtain to Reveal how Companies Evaluate Technology
Moderator:

Vahid Aidun, Dow AgroSciences
Panelists:
Adam Weiss, GSI Group, Inc.
Bruce Taillon, Elanco
Will Schroeder, ADM
Nick Nissing, Climate Corporation
 

1:15-2:00pm

Entrepreneur's View: Startup Panel
Moderator:

Cynthia Faullin, Research Park
Panelists:
Kannan Puthuval -The Scotts Company
Kaustubh Bhalerao, Soil Diagnostics
Al Eisaian, IntelinAir
Kenneth Watkin - Lipotec Laboratories LLC
Lei Tan - Ag-Sensus

2:00-2:55pm

Wrap Up & Closing Remarks
Ribbon Cutting - Syngenta Digital Innovation Lab

2:55-3:00pm


The 2016 Agriculture Technology Innovation Summit was held on Thursday, February 18 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. A highly interactive event featuring innovators from industry and academia, entrepreneurs, and investors, the one-day program included keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a lunch program. We hope you can join us next year.

Digital Booklet

Highlights from AgTech 2016:

View the various slide decks and videos from some of our 2016 presentations:
"Traceability Across the Entire Food Supply Chain" - H. Jeffrey Castillo, video
"Animal Health" - Aaron Gilbertie, video
"Functional Foods" - Keith A. Garleb, video
"Connected Farming" - Julian Sanchez, PhD, video
"Data Modernizing Agronomy" - Chris Harbourt, PhD, video
"Farm Ops Management" - Bborie Park, video
"Precision Agriculture Landscape" - Andrew Selek, panel video
"Smart Systems Revolutionizing Ag" - Jason Bull, video
"UAVs in Agriculture" - Jack Marck, video