Blinc Innovation Hub

@ NZ Agricultural Show 2018

 

Catering to global population growth and a burgeoning middle-class demand for quality food, while releasing the pressure on our natural resources and environment are just a few of the challenges facing the agricultural and food industry today. Blinc Innovation Hub, brought to you by Blinc will host a series of talks, discussions, innovation showcases and panels focusing on the complex challenges our farmers and industry face to respond to these key trends and create sustainable outcomes. We will explore New Zealand’s opportunity in agribusiness innovation and how to create our competitive advantage in the future world. Canterbury is home to a diverse and critical food basket.  What will Canterbury look like in 10 years and what do we need to be working on to innovate and create what’s next for New Zealand’s critical sector?

We will look to involve those who face these challenges every day – the people who grow and produce our food. These thought leaders will offer inspirational stories of how different people and companies are responding to the challenge. What opportunities are available to farmers to increase profitability and ensure a sustainable future?  What do we need to do to solve these challenges and opportunities together? As a platform for our partners to tell their innovation story, the Blinc Innovation Hub will also showcase the world-class innovation work underway in Canterbury and New Zealand and demonstrate that we are leading the charge in this field and truly have something to shout about.

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Creating a Sustainable Farming Future

14/15 November 2018

 

 

Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, 14 November

Seminar 1 | Innovation Breakfast

MC: Sarah Perriam, co-host on RadioLIVE's 'Rural Exchange'

The rising global population, labour shortages and market volatility are just some of the issues faced on farms today. In this seminar, we will explore these issues, what they mean for you and your business and what considerations need to be made when planning for the future. The first panel will focus on the what are the opportunities and threats that could impact the future of Canterbury farming and food production and how we might respond to create what is next. The second panel will explore the emerging new business models, discuss the challenges faced by existing agri business models and how we might adjust to capture opportunity and maximise value from our land for farmers and growers.

8:00am – Breakfast & Networking

8:30am - Welcome & Opening 

9:00am – Panel 1 | Canterbury Farming and Food Production in 2030, with host Richard Green, Executive Chairman, various

10:00am – Panel 2 | New Business Models: Capturing Value for Farmers and NZ, host Toni Laming, CEO, Blinc Innovation

11:00am - Our Land, Our People, presentation & book signing with author Ross Hyland (further details below)

11:30am - Panel 3 | Innovation Showcase: New Business Model Innovation (further details below)

Click here to register for Seminar 1

Seminar 2

Water is one of our most precious resources and has a direct impact on our environment, farmers, community, citizens, tourists and future generations. Canterbury has a long history of capturing and managing water. This seminar will explore what must be considered when faced with challenges to enhance this resource in our catchments for everyone. Integrated decision making is essential, but where do we start?

1:30pm – Panel 4 | Building Water Resilience for our Future Hosted by Mike Manning, GM Innovation & Strategy, Ravensdown

2:45pm - Panel 5 | Innovation Showcase: Water Management Innovation (further details below)

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Thursday, 15 November

Seminar 3

11:30am: Panel 6 | Innovation Showcase: New Innovation Platforms for On-Farm Decision Support (further details below)

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Seminar 4

Biosecurity has the ability to protect or devastate agriculture in New Zealand. We are seeing the impact if there is a breach of our borders – deliberate or through ignorance? Awareness, knowledge and collaboration are all necessary to take action. This seminar will concentrate on our roles to protect and enhance our country and most critical primary industries. Key insights, learnings and considerations will be shared by the panelists who have experienced this to start the conversation around this important topic.

1:30pm – Panel 7 | Safeguarding our Food Systems for a Prosperous Future, hosted by Dr. Bruce Campbell, Principal, Dr Bruce Campbell Consultants Limited

3:00pm - Our Land, Our People, presentation & book signing with author Ross Hyland

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Friday, 16 November

Kids’ Day, presented by Lincoln University

10.00am - (Roger McLenaghan)

Catchy Soils: Get the dirt on all the nutrients that good soil can grab hold of

Take part in a hands-on, interactive soil session that involves pouring water through soil and seeing the crucial, plant-growing nutrients it holds.

11.00am – (Mike Bowie)

What’s in your backyard? The good, the bad and the bug-ly: Meet Mike Bowie, his pet bugs and find out how you can create the best bug backyard on your street.

Hear from ecology tutor Mike Bowie about all the different insects that you might find in your garden, learn what you can do to encourage more of them into your backyard and see some creepy-crawlies for yourself.


12.00pm - (Roger McLenaghan)

Catchy Soils: Get the dirt on all the nutrients that good soil can grab hold of

Take part in a hands-on, interactive soil session that involves pouring water through soil and seeing the crucial, plant-growing nutrients it holds.


1.00pm – (Don Royds)

Future Landscapes: Immerse yourself in your very own city experience.


2.00pm – (Tim Curran)

Throw another plant on the barbie: Cooking up a low-flammable future to reduce fire hazard 

Learn how to create a garden or shelterbelt that could help protect your home from wildfires and watch an informative video showing how low and high-flammability plants burn differently.

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Innovation Showcase

Join us for a series of panel discussions showcasing the latest innovations, from startups, major corporations and everything in between. Each speaker will deliver a 7-minute pitch about their product/service prior to the facilitated panel discussion.

Schedule of Events (subject to change):

 

14 November

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11:30am - New Business Model Innovation featuring:

  • Host: Bridget Unsworth, Investment Director, NZVIF

  • Halter

  • Agbox (GPSIT)

  • Agrigate

  • Bidr

  • Hushaberry

2:45pm - Water Management Innovation featuring:

  • Host: Toni Laming, Chief Executive, Blinc Innovation

  • ClearTech (Ravensdown)

  • SCADAfarm

  • Regen

  • Next Farm

  • CRV Ambreed

15 November

11:30am - New Innovation Platforms for On-Farm Decision Support featuring:

  • Host Ross Hyland, author, Our Land, Our People

  • Ecotain (Agricom)

  • Agrigate

  • Schneider-Electric

  • Halter

  • Regen


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Our Land, Our People

Book Signing + Q&A with author, Ross Hyland

Author and photographer Ross Hyland toured New Zealand in search of the farms and farming families who are setting the standard for excellence. Meet Ross, have your booked sign (or buy one!) and join the discussion.

Meet Ross:

14 November

11:00am

15 November

3:00pm

Click here for more information. Inquire at your local bookstore.

 
 

Meet our Seminar Hosts & Panelists

 
 

Meet the Companies Featured in the Innovation Showcase

 
 
 

Getting to The Show

To purchase tickets to The Show, please click here.

For maps, directions, hours and other key information, please click here.