MobileTECH brings together, under one roof, the technology leaders from right across our agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors.

Hear from the creators, innovators and early adopters of new and exciting technologies today.

22-23 March 2017


What is MobileTECH?

The Challenge

The primary sector is changing. Disruptive innovations are leading the sector into a new era of operational productivity and business opportunities. To survive, our industry must embrace the change and become world leaders.

Our Mission

To create a platform for change for people across land-based primary industries. A place where technology developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and the next generation can meet, learn, discuss and showcase the latest technologies impacting on industry operations.

MobileTECH is the only event of its type to bring together the technology leaders from right across the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors under one roof. Hear from the people who are creating, innovating and adopting new technologies today.

The Event

Now in its 5th year, MobileTECH has firmly established itself as the major cross-sector technology event focusing on agriculture, horticulture and forestry industries.

The theme for MobileTECH in 2017 is disruptive innovations.

There is no question that new digital and wireless technologies are transforming the way we operate our businesses. New Zealand’s primary industry has an opportunity to lead the world in how the technologies are adopted and who the innovators are.

MobileTECH 2017 will focus on key innovations and practical case studies in mobile technologies, apps, cloud computing, internet of things, automation and smart customer integrations for the primary sector.

Over 320 industry representatives and developers attended MobileTECH 2016!

MobileTECH 2017 Programme

The focus for 2017 is on disruptive innovations. If you are interested in being considered as presenter, or would like to recommend an early adopter case study or international expert, please contact us.

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Future Leaders Panel

This panel includes some of the brightest young people working within the industry. Hear them discuss their visions on how technology will power their businesses.

TECH Talks

See, hear or be part of these quick-fire technology sessions. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to passionately showcase their idea, product or service on-stage live and direct to the industry. The country’s most innovative solutions and exciting start-ups will be on display and buzzing at the seams. Applications are open for those interested in being part of this session.

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What’s covered?

Mobile technologies ⋅ productivity apps ⋅ cloud computing ⋅ internet of things ⋅ automation ⋅ remote sensors ⋅ smart customer integrations ⋅ rural connectivity ⋅ mobile hardware ⋅ big data ⋅ aerial drones ⋅ M2M ⋅ robotics ⋅ satellite mapping ⋅ communications ⋅ data ownership ⋅ field capture tools ⋅ and more

Who will be attending?

New Zealand’s key primary industries (Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry):

Technology developers and suppliers  –  Corporate producers (large scale farms, orchards and plantations)  –  R&D managers  –  IT managers  –  Entrepreneurial operators  – Early adopters  –  Industry consultants  –  Researchers  –  Public sector organisations

Early Programme Planning

We are currently working closely with a wide range of New Zealand, Australian and other international companies, service suppliers, researchers and government bodies to develop a very innovative new programme. We will continue to update the website at set times as we look to finalise speakers and topics for the conference programme.

The speakers below are just an early snapshot of presenters speaking at MobileTECH 2017

Tim Cutfield, Innovation Project Manager, Fonterra

Fonterra is a world-leader in dairy innovation and works with leading Kiwi innovators to help improve our farmers’ productivity and profitability. Fonterra have a number of key inittatives on the go to digitise essential systems and bring together and simplify data for the farm.

Jason Roebuck, Managing Director, StockX Systems

StockX is a disruptive innovation bringing to the NZ farmer the choice of utilizing SaaS to dis-intermediate the sale and purchase of livestock across New Zealand. Jason will be covering a range of topics, including; being a start-up, on-boarding early adopters, competitor response from an entrenched and traditional commercial model, courting and formation of strategic partnerships, the drive to validation and industry endorsement, linking value chains and addressing future opportunities.

Greg Bodeker, Director, Bodeker Scientific (and lead organisation for Centre for Space Science Technology proposal)

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) is currently being proposed as a Regional Research Institute with the aim to launch New Zealand’s first satellite into orbit. Greg will cover what CSST is proposing to do, how it is proposing to do it and how new space-based measurements, products and solutions will be tailored to New Zealand’s regional industries.

Sentera Solutions, USA / John Bansfield, Director, DroneMate

Drones (UAVs) technology has now reached the point where they are low cost and easy to operate for the average farmer. Hear from the US-based Sentera Systems, who provides advanced, lightweight and customizable drone, sensor, interpretive software and data management solutions.

Russell Dale, Future Forestry Research

The New Zealand forestry industry has recently taken giant steps in their use of teleoperation technology. In a world-first, they are harvesting wood from steep terrain trees using a purpose-built machine operated via remote control. This has the potential to revolutionise how wood harvesting is done in the future.

Bruno Lago, GM of Cloud Computing, Catalyst IT

Cloud computing is the cornerstone to today’s disruptive innovations. But how do you choose a cloud computing provider? Once upon a time the choices were limited and winners were clear. Today, each provider brings their own set of disruptive technologies and innovation to the game, making it not only a hard decision, but something that can have a negative effect on your business if not done right.

Hannah Fraser, Market Advisor – Agribusiness, Enterprise Ireland
Ireland has a growing reputation as a high-tech economy and their agri-tech sector is heating up. Hear insights on what their primary sector is doing to develop innovation and expand market share within the Europe and beyond.

Steve Boogar, Chief Operating Officer, FarmX
FarmX is an award winning start-up that is right at the heart of the Silicon Valley agricultural movement. What technologies are trending and how will this impact the NZ agricultural sector.

Nigel Taylor, Farmer & Founder of Job Done
Nigel won the idea pitch at Fonterra’s GridAKL event earlier this year. The workforce management and productivity app started from a simple idea while working on his farm. Hear his story.

Patrick Verryt, head of IOT at Spark Ventures and Tony Walters, Aka Aka Dairy Farmer
Spark are connecting farms to the Internet of Things (IoT). Tony was one of the first farms connected and his journey has helped start the roll out of the IoT across the sector.

Vikram Kumar, Chief Executive, KotahiNet
NZ has the potential to be a world leader in the development of IoTs for the primary sector. New technologies are dramatically shaping what can be done and how our sector are benefiting.

Alistair Scarfe, Founder, Robotics Plus
Robotics Plus are another award winning NZ innovator. They are pioneering the use of robotics within the horticultural industry.

Andrew Cooke, Director, Rezare Systems
One of the standout presenters of MobileTECH 2016, Andrew will return to discuss how to use supply chain data to better connect with consumers. The customer wants to know where their food and fibre is coming from – now we have the technology to show them.

Jeremy Anderson, Agribusiness, Sector Manager, Vodafone New Zealand
Mobile Connectivity is transforming communications and data exchange through the supply chain. Hear how Vodafone is working with forestry, agricultural and horticultural companies to better streamline operations throughout the supply chain.

Eva Schroer-Merker, Senior Tutor in Farm Business Management, Massey University
The Centre of Excellence in Farm Business Management at Massey University has been tracking how the agricultural industry is adopting new technology and what is needed to simplify the process.

Hinga Marsh, Maori Business and Innovation Manager, Tuhono Whenua Horticulture
Hinga Marsh’s focus is to maximise yields and drive change through the use of new technologies. Sustainability and securing the health and prosperity for future generations is the overriding goal.

Sarah Jennings, R&D Manager, Stretchsense
Stretchsense are another award winning NZ company that are starting to do big things around the world. They are developing the next generation of soft sensors that stretch, bend and shear – enabling sensors to be woven into material or integrated into areas that have never before been possible.

Stuart Ralston, Mixed Reality Engineering Manager, Trimble
There is a lot of buzz about the virtual reality and augmented reality systems coming out by the major technology leaders. Trimble has been working with Microsoft’s HoloLen holographic platform to develop the new generation of commercial applications.

Interested in Speaking?

The focus for 2017 is on disruptive innovations. If you are interested in being considered as presenter, or would like to recommend an early adopter case study or international expert, please contact us.

Apply to Present

2016 Delegate Quotes

“Agri-tech event. Nothing else out there like this”
“It had a good mix of Technology and Agribusiness, which is important in my role as IT Manager in agricultural based business.”
“The focus on rural and mobile tech – a rare combination which is very applicable to any role”
“This event is a priority for us because of its target audience and focus on information”
“Good cross section of the primary sector and pitched at the right level”
“We need to keep up with new things or will get left behind”


Distinction Rotorua Hotel, ROTORUA

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

With its beautiful garden setting and located just minutes from the city centre, Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day at the conference. After the event, this hotel is also a great base to enjoy the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer.

Free car parking is available at the venue, however hotel guests take priority.

Special accommodation rates are available to delegates for a limited time and on a first-come first-served basis:

  • $170 Superior Room (incl GST)
  • $190 Deluxe Room (incl GST)
  • $250 Hotel Suites (incl GST)

All rates include GST and are per room per night, based on single or double share occupancy.

Please book accommodation directly with the Distinction Rotorua Hotel via the online booking button below. If you have difficulties in using the online booking, you can call 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email

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Sponsorship Opportunities

MobileTECH offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in technology and development to maximise their exposure to New Zealand’s primary industries. Be part of another major technology event helping to reshape the future of this sector.

Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and we have a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry.

For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384 or

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CONNEX: Event Innovators

CONNEX: Event Innovators, a division of Innovatek Ltd, has over the last decade delivered an extensive array of over 150 premier conferences, workshops, seminars, managed exhibitions, trade shows and other events throughout New Zealand and Australia.

With a strong background in the forestry industry, its key focus is on delivering technology transfer events for New Zealand and Australia’s primary industries.

The objective is to improve the performance, productive capability and profitability of local businesses throughout these sectors. For more information on CONNEX: Event Innovators or the services being supplied, see or

Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1383
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

Rotorua Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
Building X91, Sala Street,
Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

PO Box 1230,
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 7 921 1383

Dunedin Office

CONNEX: Event Innovators
c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
6 Liverpool Street,
Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

PO Box 904,
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

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