MobileTECH 2016 brings together the technology leaders from right across our agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors under one roof. Hear from the people and companies that are creating, innovating and adopting new technologies today.

30-31 March 2016


Event Details

What is MobileTECH 2016?

Since MobileTECH first event ran in 2013, this series has firmly established itself as a major industry event for showcasing new technologies designed to increase the productivity of our primary food and fibre industries.

MobileTECH covers the key developments on improving communication networks, the use of cloud computing, wireless monitoring, data management, enhanced quality satellite imagery, mobile computing, UAVs, robotics and automation.

MobileTECH 2016 will be packed with innovative presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions on where mobile technologies are being used, how they can be integrated within the sector and what the opportunities are just around the corner. Attendees will hear from, connect with and be inspired by both sides – the technology developers AND industry users.

The speed of development within the industry is driving a wave of new productivity tools powered by connectivity. In three years MobileTECH has showcased hundreds of technologies, innovations and ideas to a thousand of the industry’s brightest minds – and we are only just getting started.

What’s covered?

Rural connectivity ⋅ mobile hardware ⋅ big data ⋅ aerial drones ⋅ online software ⋅ M2M ⋅ remote sensors ⋅ cloud platforms ⋅ robotics ⋅ satellite mapping ⋅ communications ⋅ productivity apps ⋅ electronic tagging ⋅ automation ⋅ data ownership ⋅ field capture tools ⋅ and more

Who are 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
  • Entrepreneurial operators
  • Industry consultants
  • Researchers
  • Public sector organisations

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MobileTECH is a cross sector event focusing on the how agriculture, horticulture and forestry companies are adopting mobile technologies into their operations. The landscape is changing. Exciting innovations are being integrated in every sector. This event will highlight which technologies will be successfully replicated across the primary sector.

Panel: Meet the Future

Meet the next generation – the young farmers, orchardists and foresters with an entrepreneurial spirit and big ideas. Hear what they see for their future and what type of technologies they envision using for their businesses.

Tech Talk

See, hear or be part of this quick-fire session featuring roughly 15 technology demonstrations. Each presenter(s) will get 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.

Primary Industry Focus

MobileTECH is a cross sector event focusing on the how agriculture, horticulture and forestry companies are adopting mobile technologies into their operations.

The landscape is changing. Exciting innovations are being integrated in every sector. This event will highlight which technologies will be successfully replicated across the primary sector.

MobileTECH 2016 Programme

Wednesday 30 March 2016
Session 1: Primary Industries 4.0
Morning Chairperson: Andrew Cooke, CEO, Rezare Systems
10.10amHow new technologies will define the primary sector
Graham Smith, CEO, Federated Farmers
10.40amWhat are the key mobility trends impacting global business
David Walker, AgriBusiness Manager, Spark Digital
11.10amThe connectivity scorecard - how well connected are we
Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ
Session 2: A showcase for rural industry tech
11.40amTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available for the primary sector.
- Connecterra
- AgAlytics
- OnSide
12.10pmLunch + Networking
Afternoon Chairperson: Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ
1.30pmTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available for the primary sector.
- Sprout
- Agrimap
- Poutama
2.00pmPanel: Meet the future leaders
The brightest young farmers, horticulturalists and foresters present and discuss their vision of what technologies they see powering their businesses
Facilitator: Julia Jones, Specialist, KPMG Farm Enterprise, KPMG
- Matt Bell, NZ Young Farmer of the Year 2015
- Hamish Gates, Young Grower of the Year 2015
- Sarah O’Connell, Former Chairperson, Royal Agricultural Society Youth Council
- Goetz Roth, Callaghan Forestry Innovation Scholarship 2015
- Hinga Marsh, Maori Business and Innovation Manager, Tuhono Whenua Horticulture
Session 3: The realities of working with tech
2.45pmNAIT: The lessons, challenges and opportunities in driving technology change within the rural industry
Kayo Sakey, GM - Strategy and Innovation, OSPRI
3.15pmAfternoon Tea + Networking
3.45pmFrom the USA to NZ and back again: How a new tech startup started counting sheep
Joshua Miller, Director, FarmShots (USA - via video conferencing)
4.15pmThe networked farm - what a farmer really wants
Andrew Hoggard, Director & Farmer, Hoggard Holdings
4.45pmMaking business sense from sensor data: Helping farmers increase productivity
Yasir Khokhar, Founder, Connecterra (Netherlands)
5.15pmNetworking Drinks
6.30pmIndustry Dinner
After Dinner Presentation: Diversifying – From forestry to high priced freshwater crayfish
John Hollows, Aquaculture Manager, Ernslaw One
Thursday 31 March 2016
Morning Chairperson: Ian Yule, Professor in Precision Agriculture, Massey University
8.30amAn insight into how digital technologies are transforming European's agricultural production
Dr Ulrich Adam, Secretary General, CEMA - European Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers (Belgium - via video conferencing)
9.00amNext generation solutions need next gen thinking
Nigel Sharplin, Managing Director, inFact
Session 4: The big technologies impacting on the sector
9.30amCloud technologies are a game changer and third-party integrations and partnerships are key
Sophie Stanley, Head of Rural, Figured
10.00amMorning Tea + Networking
10.30amHow to maximise the value of big data to your operations and external partners
Evelyn Seewald, GM Operations and Farmer Services, Fonterra
11.00amInternet of things - using data to drive the operation and power new connections with the consumers
Collier Isaacs, Chief Executive, FarmIQ
11.30amTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available for the primary sector.
- Rezare Systems
- Honeywell
- TracMap
- AgRecord
12.00pmLunch + Networking
Afternoon Chairperson: Graham Smith, CEO, Federated Farmers
12.50pmTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available for the primary sector.
- Sierra Wireless (it-iQ)
- Eagle Technology (Esri)
- TrackIt
- Aeronavics
1.20pmIntelligent machines - M2M innovations driving new automation and optimisation in the field
Malcolm Frick, Solution Specialist: Agronomic Implementation, John Deere (Australia)
1.40pmNew age communications, a connected forest and intelligent wood flow
Matt Ludbrook, GM, Trimble Forestry Logistics
2.00pmNext generation sensors: Hyper-spectral sensor technologies open the gates to better land management
Ian Yule, Professor in Precision Agriculture, Massey University
Session 5: The major issues going forward
2.20pmOverlook data portability at your peril - why standardising data is the future
Andrew Cooke, CEO, Rezare Systems
2.50pmA recap, review and challenges for the industry
Graham Smith, CEO, Federated Farmers
3.00pmConference concludes

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MobileTECH 2016 will be held in Rotorua.

Rotorua is a bustling hub of activity, with a raft of epic attractions and experiences to suit any and all appetites. Discover 18 sparkling lakes, magnificent native and exotic forests, geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and the best of Maori culture.

Rotorua is an adventure playground. Click here to discover more about the city.

Distinction Rotorua Hotel

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

MobileTECH 2016 will be held at the Distinction Rotorua Hotel Conference Centre on 30-31 March 2016. Free car parking is available at the venue, however spaces are limited and hotel guests take priority.

Accommodation Rates:

  • Superior Room $150.00 (incl. GST)
  • Deluxe Room $170.00 (incl. GST)
  • Deluxe King Room $170.00 (incl. GST)
  • Hotel Suites $200.00 (incl. GST)

New Rooms Now Available

A small number of rooms have been made available at the Distinction Rotorua hotel. It would pay to book your accommodation as soon as possible as these will go quickly.

Once accommodation is booked out we recommend you contact the Distinction Rotorua hotel directly. Some rooms may become available in the lead up to MobileTECH and they also have alternative options available. Distinction Rotorua Hotel can be contacted via 0800 654 789, (+64) 7 349 5200 or email:

Book Accommodation
Alternative Accommodation Options:
  • Holiday Inn [BOOKED OUT]
  • Birchwood Spa Motel [BOOKED OUT]
  • Regal PalmsRooms are available. Rates: Studio Suite 1 person $135, 2 people $155; One Bedroom Suite (twin share) 1 person $165 and 2 people $185. All rates include GST. For reservations call (+64) 7 350 3232 or visit their website,

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Sponsorship Opportunities

MobileTECH 2016 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 via the expression of interest form.

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Registration Rates

Scheduled Registration Maintenance this weekend (24 hrs only)
Due to scheduled maintenance, we are unable to take registrations online between 1pm Saturday 26 March to 1pm Sunday 27 March 2016 (NZ Time). Outside of these times registrations will be working as normal.

Please Note

  • The conference above rates are per person and do not include registration for the conference dinner.
  • All prices in New Zealand Dollars
  • All prices exclude GST of 15%.
  • A credit card fee of 2.5% applies to transactions.
  • Panasonic Toughpad Draw: To be eligible, attendees must register by 29 January 2016 and be present in the main conference room at the time of prize draw. Event staff and sponsor representatives are not eligible for this draw.
    To be eligible for the Group Rate, a minimum of two attendees must register and registrations & payment must be received on or BEFORE the 29 January 2016.
  • To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rate, registrations & payment must be received on or BEFORE the 29 January 2016.
  • Any discounts offered (including group discounts) require payment at the time of registration.
  • Your conference registration payment covers the morning and afternoon teas, lunches, refreshments, a conference handbook and access to presentations (electronic download for those presentations where presenter approval has been given).
  • Cancellation policy: For cancellations before Friday 26 February 2016, a 10% administration fee applies. Cancellations received after this date are non-refundable but are transferrable. Please allow 30 days for refunds to be processed. If you wish to transfer your registration to another individual from within your company, please provide us with at least 24 hours advance notice.
  • The organisers reserve the right to change the programme were required.
  • Click here for our full terms and conditions.

Student Rates

Special discounted rates are available to students with student ID. Please phone (+64) 7 921 1382 for further information.

Panasonic Toughpad Draw

All attendees registered on or before 29 January 2016 have been entered into the draw to win a $2,500 Panasonic FZ-M1 Toughpad. This draw will be made at MobileTECH 2016 and the winner must be present during the draw.


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

  • Rotorua Office
    Building X91, Sala Street,
    Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
      (+64) 7 921 1383
  • Dunedin Office
    Level Two, 2 Dowling Street,
    Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
      (+64) 3 470 1902

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