22-23 March 2017, Rotorua, NEW ZEALAND

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.

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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.

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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.

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


We are pleased with the strong programme now available for MobileTECH 2017. We have worked 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.

Wednesday 22 March 2017
Session 1: The age of disruptive innovation
Session 1 kindly sponsored by Jade Software
Chairperson: John Ascroft, Chief Innovation Officer, Jade Software
10.10amTransformative technologies - megatrends that are reshaping how we do business
Andrew Gibbs, Partner & Head of NZ Primary Industries, Deloitte New Zealand
10.30amDeveloping an agri tech startup community in NZ
Marcel van den Assum, Chairman, Angel Association NZ
10.50amInsights into Europe's agri tech industry and infrastructure – an Ireland case study
Hannah Fraser, Senior Market Advisor - Agribusiness, Enterprise Ireland
11.10amHow Silicon Valley is disrupting the future of food and fibre
Zach Gentry, CEO, FarmX, USA (via video conferencing)
11.30amTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available in NZ for the primary sector.
- Jade Software
- Rezare
- AgriMap
- Cucumber
- GPS-it

12.10pmLunch + Networking
1.10pm  Silex UAV outdoor demo (weather dependant)
Session 2: Disruptive ideas to impact the sector
Chairperson: Andrew Cushen, Deputy Chief Executive, InternetNZ
1.30pmPanel: Meet the early adopters
Hear from a passionate cross-section of early adopters and their views on the integration of technology
Facilitator: Kevin Cooney, Head of Agri Capital, ASB
- Tony Walters, Aka Aka Dairy Farmer
- Chris Allen, Farmer
- Lachlan Mckay, National Orchard Manager, T&G Pipfruit
2.00pmThe future of farming is the Internet of Things
Patrick Verryt, Head of IOT at Spark Ventures
2.20pmEarly rural adopters using 'Low Power Wide Area Networks' for the Internet of Things
Vikram Kumar, Chief Executive, KotahiNet
2.40pmNZ's first ever satellite launch and what this means for the primary sector
Greg Bodeker, Centre for Space Science Technology
3.00pmAfternoon Tea + Networking
3.30pmTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available in NZ for the primary sector.
- Konect
- Netvalue
- Simply Payroll
- Silex UAV
4.00pmMobile connectivity - how it’s transforming the supply chain
Scott Pollard, New Zealand IoT Manager, Vodafone New Zealand
4.20pmPositive Disruptive Innovation – Digitising NZ’s livestock trading market
Jason Roebuck, Managing Director, StockX
4.40pmMaking sensors wearable
Felix Lun, R&D Manager, Stretchsense
5.00pmNetworking Drinks
6.30pmIndustry Dinner
Dinner Speaker: Disruptive innovation - driverless vehicles are closer than you think
Dave Verma, Director of Australasian Driverless Vehicle Initiatives, HMI Technologies
Thursday 23 March 2017
Chairperson: Craig Young, CEO, TUANZ
8.30amThe real impact of new technologies on the horticultural sector
Mike Chapman, Chief Executive, Horticulture New Zealand
9.00amEmerging Technologies for Hands-on Biosecurity
Barry Sullivan – Project Leader / Manager (National Banana Top Virus Program), Horticulture Innovations Australia
Session 3: Disruptive Innovations in robotics and automation
9.20amPractical Uses for Microsoft's HoloLens and augmented reality
Stuart Ralston, Mixed Reality Engineering Manager, Trimble
9.40amReal-world use of UAVs for rural businesses
John Bampfylde, Marketing Director, DroneMate + Greg Emerick, Executive Vice President & Co Founder, Sentera Solutions, USA (via conferencing)
10.00amMorning Tea + Networking
Session 4: Disruptive Innovations in Data and the Supply Chain
10.30amHow to make data and data capture central to your business
David Edwards, CEO & Founder, automed, Australia
10.50amCloud computing is driving disruptive technologies - how to choose the right cloud provider
Bruno Lago, GM - Cloud Computing, Catalyst IT
11.10amWhat do consumers know about your supply chain?
Andrew Cooke, Director, Rezare Systems
11.30amTECH Talks
Lightning talks on the best innovations and services available in NZ for the primary sector.
- TrackIt
- Eagle Technology
- Logic Wireless
12.00pmLunch + Networking
Chairperson: Andrew Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems
1.00pmDeveloping an app to aggregate and simplify data across the business
Tim Cutfield, Farmer Innovations Manager, Fonterra Co-operative Group
1.30pmPanel: Meet the future leaders
The brightest young farmers, horticulturalists and foresters present and discuss their views on technology and how they see young people vision of what technologies they see powering their businesses.
Facilitator: John Ascroft, Chief Innovation Officer, Jade Software
- Chelsea Millar, National Board Member, NZ Young Farmers
- Alastair Neville, Reporoa Farmer & former Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final convener
- Andrew Hutchinson, Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2016
Session 5: Disruptive Innovations in Applications
2.00pmStatus and future perspectives of smart tools and apps in New Zealand agriculture
Eva Schröer-Merker, Team leader of the ‘Farm Tools’ project, Agri One
2.20pmMoving from early adopter to an award winning app developer - a farmer’s point of view
Nigel Taylor, Farmer and Founder, Job Done
Session 6: Future Disruptive Innovations
2.40pmConference Summary
2.50pmConference Concludes

Speaker Spotlight

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 reservations@distinctionrotorua.co.nz.

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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 gordon.thomson@connexevents.com.

Registration Rates


Please Note

  • The conference 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.
  • Supporters (Event Supporting Associations) are listed via this link. Discount codes are provided by each Association.
  • To be eligible for the Early-Bird Rates, registrations & payment must be received on or BEFORE midnight, 27 January 2017.
  • 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 17 February 2017, 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 where 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.


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 www.connexevents.com or www.innovatek.co.nz.

Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  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 1382

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

CONNEX: Event Innovators: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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