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Branchfood Presents: The Future of Food Panel Series

Branchfood Presents: The Future of Food Panel Series

The Future of Food is a 4-part series exploring topics surrounding the Future of Food. The series is jointly hosted by Branchfood and CIC in Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets are available to purchase for individual events or an all-access series pass. Join the Branchfood mailing list to receive updates and learn more about this and future events! Series Dates and Topics: February 22nd - The Future of Agriculture March 22nd - The Future of Food Products April 26th - The Future of Nutrition May 24th - The Future of Grocery

Future of Food Series Part 1: The Future of Agriculture The world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. How will we feed all those people!? Local Boston startups have been developing new tools to advance current agriculture practices including seed innovation, hydroponics, satellite imagery and robotics. Join Branchfood and members of Boston's agriculture technology sector to discuss the latest products on the market, how to launch and grow a successful business and how technology innovation is driving change in agriculture. At this event you'll get to connect with commercial agriculture technology leaders, advisors, entrepreneurs, and get to check out the latest products and technologies at our showcase.

PRESENTERS Vijay Somandepalli, Co-Founder and CTO at American Robotics Vijay is the CTO and Co-Founder of American Robotics. Dr. Somandepalli has a keen interest in applying robotics and automation to enhance sustainability, efficiency and value across all sectors of technology and industry. At American Robotics, he oversees the development and application of their aerial robotics technology to agriculture. Lawrence Wang, Digitalization and Analytics Strategy Lead Cargill Lawrence Wang has over 21 years as a technology professional with experience across a variety of industries. He has held positions with Accenture, IBM, ING Group, Target, Medtronic, and is now with Cargill. Lawrence is a native of Minnesota, and loves Minnesota-ey things like hockey, camping, fishing and the State Fair. Lauren Moores, VP Data Strategy and Data Sciences at Indigo Agriculture Lauren Moores comes to Indigo as a self-described “digital data geek” with a passion for transforming data into products, insightful analytics, and relevant stories. She has over 25 years in interdisciplinary fields, from data and technology strategy to science and data creation. Lauren's past executive roles have focused on the creation of big data platform solutions, competitive intelligence products, and emerging data usage. Most recently, she ran data analytics and data strategy at Tala, a global fintech startup that transforms mobile behavioral and transactional data to provide financial identities to the underserved in emerging economies. Brett Brohl, Managing Director at Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Brett is the Managing Director of the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator, partnered with Cargill and Ecolab. He is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and mentor, driven by making a difference in the world through helping entrepreneurs succeed. Prior to the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Brett served as Director of the inaugural Techstars Startup Next Food & Ag in Partnership with Land O’Lakes and as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars Retail Accelerator in Partnership with Target.

Branchfood Presents: The Future of Agriculture Wednesday, February 22, 2018 6:00 - 8:30PM Lighthouse 20th Floor CIC Boston 50 Milk Street Boston, MA 02110 Schedule Event Networking & Demos begins at 6:00 pm Panel Discussion starts at 6:30 pm Event ends at 8:30 pm