New for 2018; we're co-hosting a hackathon! Read more in this month's newsletter.

Agri-Tech East's February Newsletter

Change is in the air and we have several events coming up to encourage the younger generation to step up to the challenge. We are excited to be running our first agri-hackathon, a weekend of ideas generation and prototyping by those who like a challenge; read more in this month's blog. We're also hosting the 2nd annual Young Innovators' Forum AgriScience Conference in March.

Change is also taking us to Parliament to contribute to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture. This follows on from the House of Lords launch of our report “From grass roots to blue skies: A vision for agri-tech”. We are always keen to hear your views so email us to make your contribution.  

Finally, we know calculating Return on Investment of new tech or services is a real challenge for farmers. Michael Haverty, Senior Agricultural Economist at The Andersons Centre, shares some of his thoughts in this month's Professional Insights feature.

The 'AI'm of Machine Learning in Agriculture, 20 Feb, Cambridge
The potential for using data is immense, it creates the opportunity for learning systems that can track multiple sources of input from the environment and elsewhere and present this in a way that is easy for humans to understand and take action...or even for machines to make intelligent decisions autonomously. 
We have brought together world leading technologists from Microsoft, Fujitsu, Kings College London, Iteris, After The Flood and PA Consulting to describe the progress in applied artificial intelligence in agriculture and look to the future of where it is taking us. Book your place here.
AgriScience YIF Conference; Leading Change Through Innovation, 23 March, Wymondham
Join us for an exciting programme of activities for early career farmers, industry entrants and post-grad researchers! This free event will cover topics including quantifying soil health, and how to run a trial at field level. Keynote speaker Susie Emmett will start the day off and we'll be hosting an interactive debate later in the day. Kindly sponsored and hosted by the Morley Agricultural Foundation, places are very limited so please reserve your space.
SMART-AKIS: The Research and Business Guide to Agri-Tech Finance, 22 March, King's Lynn
Funding is complex and we will sign-post the best opportunities for Agri-Tech in this event. Together with Smart-AKIS we will demystify the process by presenting and discussing the different routes and providing insider tips. We’ll start proceedings by showcasing a selection of funding opportunities from public, private and agricultural charities. Then you can meet some of those who have been through the process and are able to give first hand tips about how to access different types of finance, as well as sharing their latest ideas and innovations. Book here.

Further upcoming events: 
15 March – PIPS, Jobs and Opps - Member Give-Get Exchange

Chance to meet fellow members and give 2 min pitch about your product, services or skills.
24 April - Trust, Provenance and Blockchain – Impacts and Opportunities for Agriculture
Building trust and audit trails, speakers from Map of Agriculture, Applied Blockchain and PwC.

NEW: Our first >sudo : grow hackathon, 7-8 April, Future Business Centre, Cambridge
To accelerate the innovation pipeline, we need an agri-hackathon! This weekend event features industry experts framing some big challenges – vertical farming, balancing livestock performance with wellbeing, crop protection in a post-chemical world – and invites teams to come up with solutions.
We have partnered with hackathon wizards from Allia Serious Impact to host a weekend of inspirational thinking, problem solving and prototype development to create some new solutions for the industry. So, if you have a background in engineering, software development or biology, or just want to come and mentor the teams based on your agricultural industry insights, please register here (whole or part teams can register, as well as individuals).

A very warm welcome to this month's new members:

Agro Mavens
Frederick Hiam

and to renewing members:

Map of Agriculture
Smith Institute
Weather Logistics

Learn about the benefits of Agri-Tech East membership, and check out member testimonials.
REAP Conference 2018 Winner
A big thank you and well done to Nigel Cooke, who won a free ticket to REAP 2018 by filling in our member survey. Plans are coming together for 2018's conference taking place on 7 November; keep an eye on our webpage or drop us an email to find out how to get involved.
Pioneering Agricultural Innovation
01223 760135

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