The event has been organised in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, Enterprise Ireland and many other organisations.
Attendees at the conference will include farmers, engineers, AgTech companies, investors, entrepreneurs and students with an interest in emerging technologies for agriculture.
The aim of the symposium is to grow, progress and increase profitability with AgTech across the region.
The aim of this symposium is to highlight opportunities which will take advantage of our strengths in the AgTech sector. It will focus on developing the Agtech sector as quickly as possible, this will hopefully lead to more opportunities, innovation, connections, strategic alliances and targeted supports.
The conference planned for the morning time will unite the leading professionals in agriculture, technology, entrepreneurs, investors, farmers, and drivers of the AgTech innovation.
Discussions will be held on various different items and topics with an insight into the future of Agtech in Ireland laid out on the table.
It will investigate opportunities to help grow the sector, and on how we can develop technologies for use in Agriculture. While farmers and companies who are using the latest technologies currently will give insights into the impact it’s had on their farms.
Two of the biggest names from the sector to speak at the event will be Barry Downes of Suir Valley Ventures and Mr. Andrew Wood of Apisprotect. They will speak about the business aspect of AgriTech and will offer knowledge to start ups on how to cope with the early stages, funding options and the benefits that an AgTech innovation fund would offer the region.
From an agricultural perspective, Professor Frank O’Mara of Teagasc and Dr. Patrick Barrett of the Department of Agriculture will join Professor Willie Donnelly of TSSG to share their national vision for AgTech.
While Ethan Cleary of the IFA, Dermot Forristal of Teagasc and James Moloney of Enterprise Ireland are other panellists who will be present to discuss technology transfer on the farm and funding.
The afternoon will consist of four unique breakout workshops focusing on Bio-Economy, Automation - Smart Farming, Sensors and Engineering – GM.
Tickets are €50 and it includes the morning conference, light refreshments and lunch.
Afternoon workshops are optional and free for conference participants to attend however, pre-booking is essential and availability is quite limited, for that reason those interested in attending AgTech are urged to register for the event at today www.agtech2017.eventbrite.ie.