Rural Innovation Lab Digital Bootcamp #1
5:30 PM17:30

Rural Innovation Lab Digital Bootcamp #1

Network with farmers, growers, techies and entrepreneurs, and get cracking on solving the primary sector’s wicked problems.

Join us for the inaugural Rural Innovation Lab Digital Bootcamp. Register here.

In this interactive session, learn about the burning issues farmers and growers are facing - our five challenge areas. In groups, The Factory will lead you through workshopping solutions to these challenges. It's a chance to build your network, and find people with the skills you need to bring your idea to life. We'll set you up with tips and tricks for completing your application for innovation projects.

This Bootcamp is for farmers and growers, developers, tech experts and entreprenuers, who want to solve agriculture's wicked challenges. You might have an idea/solution in mind, or you might be looking for team mates to join up with. Indeed, we want you to come having read up on the challenges, and with ideas if you have them.

Come at 5.00pm for a 5.30pm start. We'll kick off with drinks and nibbles, and then get into it. Working dinner provided.

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8:00 AM08:00

Farmers and Growers Breakfast

Farmers and Growers of the Manawatu

Bring your challenges, problems, ideas and dreams to the inaugural

 Rural Innovation Lab Farmers and Growers Breakfast

 PBBNZ Limited, 75 South Street, Feilding


 Get your Field Days off to a great start and your mind humming with a breakfast with your fellow farmers and growers from across the region to discuss…

The 4th industrial revolution of data and digital technology is sweeping the world disrupting just about every business and community. Uber has disrupted our taxi’s, using our cars, and Airbnb is challenging the way we rent accommodation, using our homes. Consumers are more informed than ever and are demanding a better understanding of how food is produced. 

During the breakfast we’ll be discussing:

  1.  How do we as farmers and growers take advantage of the technology and the digital age?

  2. How can tech and innovation help with compliance?

  3. How can we create value for our farmers and communities in this changing world?

  4. How do we set our region up to help the next generation succeed?

Come and share your thoughts and ideas around disruption within the food business, and learn how you can become part of the smart farm network.

 About the Rural Innovation Lab (RIL)

The Rural Innovation Lab is as a new and exciting collaboration between farmer, growers, technologist and scientists across the Horizons region. It is driven by and puts farmers and growers at the centre of the innovation process. Our ambition is for New Zealand farmers and growers to be seen on the global stage as smart, innovative and sustainability responsible for our agri-food exports around the world. Minister for Agriculture Damian O’Connor launched the RIL at the FarmCave in Palmerston North on 26 February and announced Government funding of $400,000 to support our activities. This breakfast is the first of a number of events you’ll see popping up across the region.

Want to find out more? Come along to the breakfast or get in touch with us at

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