The FOOD IT Conference focused in on the MICRO steps being taken TODAY through information technology and Silicon Valley-type innovation to RE-DO food and agriculture to meet tomorrow’s MACRO challenges.
In conjunction with Stanford’s FEED Collaborative, we organized our second annual Food IT conference at Stanford to bring together Food/Ag-focused start-ups, venture capitalists, IT innovators, and small/mid/large food and agricultural sector players. The daylong event was held at the Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University on Wednesday June 24th, 2015. Check out the videos from FOOD IT here.
Agenda & Speakers
7:45a Appetizer Round of The Blender! See the video.
13 start-ups pitched our VC judges! Top 4 proceeded to the finals after lunch. Selected Companies:
Appetizer Round Judges:
Geoff Eisenberg, Ecosystem Integrity Fund
Mark Kahn, Omnivore Partners
Jonathan Mi, BrightPath Capital
Scott Robertson, DuPont Pioneer
Drew Taylor, Taylor Farms Ventures
Samantha Wai, Innovation Endeavors (Farm 2050)
Matt Rothe, FEED Collaborative & Rob Trice, The Mixing Bowl Hub
9:30a- RE-DO GROWING: IN THE FIELD See the video.
How is IT enabling more precise and agile growing?
Blake Alexandre, Alexandre Family EcoDairy Farms
Larry DeMaria, William Blair & Company
Jackson Dohlman, Saratoga Partnerships
Henri Hekman, Dutch Sprouts
AG Kawamura, former CA Secretary of Agriculture
Mike Macrie, Land O’Lakes
Darwin Melnyk, Trimble
Steven Saunders, Plus Group Horticulture (New Zealand)
10:30a- RE-DO GROWING: BEYOND THE FIELD See the video.
How will indoor food and alternative protein producers scale up, and can technology protect wild fish as a protein source?
Kees Aarts, Protix Biosystems
Ryan Cox, HATponics
Nick Halmos, Cityblooms
Nicola Kerslake, Newbean Capital
Dara Olmsted Silverstein, Stanford Dining
Robert Terry, SmartCatch
11:30a- RE-DO“LOCAL” LOGISTICS See the video.
How is IT enabling new models of food transportation and processing and connection between “local” producers and retailers?
Chris Charlesworth, SF/LA Specialty
Sam Klepfish, Innovative Food Holdings
Sam Lippman, Airbnb
David McIntyre, Airbnb
Bill Reed, Estancia Beef
Heather Shaffer, FreshRealm
Naomi Starkman, Civil Eats
Ed Treacy, Produce Marketing Association (PMA)
12:30p- Buffet Lunch
1:30p- Food Geeks Travel Virtually: Innovation hub fast pitch session See the video.
Angus Brown, New Zealand Food Innovation Network
Alessio D’Antino, Future Food Institute (Italy)
Dennis Donohue, Steinbeck Innovation Center
Nabil Kassam, Owner, Coastside Farm
Wendy Millet, Peninsula Food Innovation Group & TomKat Ranch
Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars Inc.
Roger Van Hoesel, Food Valley of the Netherlands
1:45p- The Blender! Main Course Finals See the video.
Top 4 start-up finalists pitch VCs for the Golden Blender Award
Adam Anders, Anterra Capital
John Hamer, Monsanto Growth Ventures
Nicola Kerslake, Newbean Capital
Gilad Novik, Horizon Ventures
Geoff Smith, Mars Ventures
Andy Wheeler, Google Ventures
Andy Ziolkowski, Cultivian Ventures
2:30p- RE-DO NUTRITION See the video.
How is IT informing our knowledge of nutrition and helping us to deliver nutrition to all?
Jesse Cool, Flea Street Restaurant & Cool Cafe
Elliott Grant, Shopwell
Meiert Grootes, AgroFood Innovation Park, Switzerland
Howard Shapiro, Chief Agriculture Officer of MARS
Justin B. Siegel, Innovation Institute for Food & Health, UC Davis
3:30p- RE-DO CONSUMER/PRODUCER See the video.
Are new approaches enabling smaller food producers to scale more easily, and how are large food companies reacting to consumers’ food-related communication influencing food trends?
Michel Algazi, Foodcentricity
Barbara Brueckner, Mattson & Co.
Timothy Childs, Treasure8 Brands
Maisie Ganzler, Bon Appétit Management Company
Douglas Gayeton, Lexicon of Sustainability
Jeremiah Owyang, Crowd Companies
5pm- Happy Hour and Networking
Photos by: Jonathan Fong