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Amazon Web Services (AWS) discuss how technology can be leveraged to challenge traditional agricultural methods and age-old problems. We explore the rise of data & analytics in Agriculture as well as problems that data can solve within this industry.

Seeing is Believing – the Rise of Data & Analytics in Agriculture

What would you do if you could scale computer vision almost infinitely? What questions could you start to answer if you had a thousand eyes instead of two on your farm, your orchard, your processing facility? In this session, learn how machines are scaling human vision to take on some of the largest challenges in agriculture today, from pest reduction, to quality inspection and much more. We will hear how innovators are revolutionising agriculture through computer vision, learn how to leverage computer vision and machine learning technologies to monitor livestock, crops, and pests, improve worker safety conditions, and accelerate R&D.

Daniel O’Brien
Venture Capital Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS) New Zealand

Dan O’Brien is a Venture Capital Business Development Manager at AWS. His mission is to help scaling New Zealand startups shine on the world stage by helping them build world class customer experiences, connect, and grow with AWS at their wing. With an Agtech focus across Australia & New Zealand, Dan is a member the Agritech NZ Executive Council. Previously, Dan invested in startups as a VC in London, architected cloud and data analytics solutions, and raised capital at consumer internet startup in Paris. 

Genevieve Griffin-George
Founder, PICMI

Inspiring, exciting and creating experiences that have real impact on people, processes, culture and strategy. Designing the right environment and bringing together the right people in the right way at the right time. I have experience working across a broad range of industries – the government, private sector, horticulture, design, finance, banking, insurance, education, health and architecture.

The Great Data Age of Agriculture

If you knew the state of everything and could reason on top of that data, what problems would you solve? What technical ML expSmart farms, smart facilities, smart systems - what does smart really mean? During this session, learn how agriculture companies can use IoT to digitize processes, transform business models, and improve performance and productivity—while decreasing waste and environmental impact.

Nick Walton
Managing Director at Amazon Web Services (AWS), New Zealand

Nick Walton leads the New Zealand commercial team at AWS. He joined Amazon Web Services 10 years ago and has helped establish and grow the AWS business in Australia and Asia by helping customers and partners achieve success in leveraging AWS technologies. Nick moved home to New Zealand in January of 2020, with a mission to expand the skills and capability of Kiwi innovators. Prior to joining AWS, Nick had 20 Years in IT with companies including Microsoft and IBM. He brings with him deep expertise in the application of emerging technologies and building and leading high-performance teams

Simon Young
VP Engineering at Halter

I’m a senior Product and Technology leader with strong people management and communication skills. An agile Software Engineering professional with over fifteen years experience growing software and web development teams. A hard-working, goal-focused individual with a passion for technology.

I love growing and empowering diverse teams to build amazing products.

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