Network With Technology Founders, Academics, Investors And Executives Advancing The Future Of Food & Agriculture


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Registration and Networking

Welcome, THRIVE overview and Introduction to this year’s TOP 50 Awards
John Hartnett, CEO SVG Partners
Award presentation to Big Data and Cloud Services honorees 

Technology Presentations from the THRIVE Top 50 (Big Data)
Farmers Business Network, Charles Baron, Co-founder, VP Product
Prospera, Daniel Koppel, CEO
Ceres Imaging, Ashwin Madgavkar, CEO

Assembly Member Anna Caballero, 30th California Assembly District
An overview of California’s legislative efforts aimed at helping the agriculture industry modernize, including easing burdens to the adoption of emerging agriculture technologies, fostering the market for agtech research, development, and deployment within the state, and ensuring that rural regions are connected to the Internet to ensure statewide adoption.

Fireside chat with Pramila Srivastava, General Manager of Coca-Cola’s Global Juice Center, with moderator Mareese Keane, THRIVE Platform Director, centered on the changes in consumer trends and how these shifts are moving up the food supply chain.

Coffee Break and Networking

Pam Marrone, CEO & Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
Overview of Top 50 Biotechnology companies & award presentation to Biotech and Connected Devices honorees

Technology Presentations from the THRIVE Top 50 (Biotech and Connected Devices)
Safe Traces, Ulrike Hodges, VP Business Operations
AgBiome, Jake Trimble
Semios, Michael Gilbert, CEO
Arable, Christopher Lund, VP Growth

2017 Investment Overview with Rob Leclerc, CEO AgFunder

Investor Panel | Silicon Valley and Beyond: Financing AgTech
With John Hamer, Managing Director, Monsanto Ventures
Matt Servatius, Head of Cleantech, Wells Fargo
Rob Leclerc, CEO, AgFunder
John Denniston, Chairman, Shared-X
Paul Noglows, Executive Director, ForbesLive (Moderator)

THRIVE Top 50 Photo with Companies and Corporate Partners


Keynote by Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont

Fireside chat | Scott Komar, SVP R&D, Driscoll's Berries, in conversation with John Hartnett, CEO, SVG Partners on innovation addressing the harvest labor shortages and delivering consistent quality to billions of consumers around the world

Technology Panel | The 5G Farm: Infrastructure and Data
James Cody, Director, Ag Technology Marketing for Winfield United, Land O'Lakes Inc.
Darryl Matthews, Sector Vice President, Trimble
Barbara Mazur, VP Technology Acquisition Strategy, DuPont Pioneer
Warren Westrup, Director M2M Solutions Engineering and Architecture, Verizon
Elizabeth Weise, USA Today (Moderator)

TJ Rodgers, Waterbit, Executive Chairman

Afternoon break

Nolan Paul, Head of R&D Strategy & Emerging Tech, Driscoll’s Berries
Overview of THRIVE Top 50 Robotics and Hardware companies & award presentation to Robotics and Next Gen Farms honorees

Technology Presentations from the THRIVE Top 50 (Robotics & Hardware)
Abundant Robotics, Dan Steere, CEO
Soft Robotics, Adam Sharkawy, Board member
MagGrow, David Moore, CTO

Fireside chat | Jorge Heraud, CEO of Blue River Technology discusses with Manish Kothari, President, Ventures at SRI the Blue River Technology acquisition by John Deere

Technology Panel | The Automation Gameplan: Corporate Robotics Strategies
With George Kellerman, COO & General Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory
Manish Kothari, President, Ventures at SRI
Jorge Heraud, CEO, Blue River Technologies
Walt Duflock, THRIVE Foundry (Moderator)

Networking & Cocktail Reception

LATEST Speakers

Top 50 Presenting Companies

CEOs, founders and VPs from ten of our Top 50 companies will present their technologies at the Innovation Forum. See the full Top 50 list here.

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“ The THRIVE AgTech Forum was a great introduction to THRIVE's corporate partners and current topics of industry discussion- we're excited to be a member of the community and look forward to next year's event!" 

-Paul Lightfoot, CEO, Brightfarms

Take a look at last year's forum

 CEO Bruce Taylor, Taylor Farms and CEO Kevin Murphy, Driscoll's Berries, moderated by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

CEO Bruce Taylor, Taylor Farms and CEO Kevin Murphy, Driscoll's Berries, moderated by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today

 Investment Panel

Investment Panel

 CEO & Head of Technology & Innovation, Taylor Farms with THRIVE Startup MagGrow

CEO & Head of Technology & Innovation, Taylor Farms with THRIVE Startup MagGrow

 THRIVE Top 50 Companies

THRIVE Top 50 Companies

 CEO of Soft Robotics

CEO of Soft Robotics

 Caribou Biosciences presentation

Caribou Biosciences presentation