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Digital Food & Agribusiness

IoT Insights are a well-established series of events which brings together leading experts, innovators and thought leaders for an evening of insights, sharing knowledge and discussions on key trends including the challenges and opportunities to grow Australia’s competitive advantage through IoT. The IoT Insights event series allows a deep dive into industry sectors and enablers, as well as giving you the opportunity to network across industry, government, research and communities.



The Australian Food and Agribusiness sector has often been referenced as being one of the least digitised sectors on the planet. But in the last 5 years the Internet of Things has been a complete game changer enabling digital agriculture. We are now in the midst of experiencing the rapid digitisation of the Food of the Agriculture sector enabled by IoT connectivity and AgTech devices and apps. The current value of Australia’s agriculture sector is estimated to be around $60 billion. Digital technologies are generally recognised as having the potential to drive the next major wave of agricultural productivity. The Accelerating Precision to Decision Agriculture  (P2D) report produced by the Rural Research and Development Corporations and supported by the Australian Government, suggested that the unconstrained implementation of digital technology could boost the value of Australian agriculture by around 25% representing a potential $20.3 billion increase per annum with major flow-on effects to other parts of the economy.

Tickets to this event are limited so book early to avoid disapointment 

$65         IoTAA Members 

 $130       General Admission


Date: Thursday 7th April 2022
Host: SparkLabs Cultiv8 Logo
Sponsor: NBN Logo
Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm followed by drinks and networking until 8:00pm
Venue: Sparklabs Cultiv8, The GATE,  1447 Forest Rd, Orange NSW 2800


3:30 pm Registration

4:00 pm


4:15 pm

Welcome and overview of IoTAA Food & Agribusiness workstream

Jonathon Quigley, Partner Sparklabs Cultiv8 | Chair, IoTAA Food & Agribusiness workstream

Robert Hardie, Head of Segment - Agriculture | Regional and Remote.  NBN

4:25 pm

Ministerial Keynote (tbc)

4:45 pm

Demystifying connectivity options to unlock on-farm data: NB-IoT vs Cat-M1 vs 5G vs LoRaWAN vs Satellite IoT

Digital Agriculture solutions require connectivity distinct from mobile phone coverage/high-speed access to the internet. A lack of on-farm (in the field, paddock) connectivity is regularly identified as a key contributor to why Australian agriculture has struggled to innovate and implement technologies.  However, disruptive digital technologies are emerging, providing new ways to unlock on-farm data. Fundamental to this is the rapidly expanding reach of the Internet of Things (IoT).  With a number of IoT connectivity solutions available today, producers and growers need to arm themselves with the knowledge of the pros and cons of each solution and which ones are fit for purpose to enable digital agriculture with key considerations across Coverage, Capacity, Cost, Device/solution availability, Security and Interoperability.


Panel discussion: 

  • Flavia Tata Nardini, CEO, Fleet
  • Mark Chapman, Executive, Integrated Enterprise Products at Telstra
  • Tony Tilbrook, COO, NNNCo
  • Paul McManus, Director, Meshed
  • Paul Sheridan, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Myriota
  • Robert Hardie Head of Segment, Agriculture, Regional and Remote  nbn

Moderated by Piers Hogarth-Scott, Partner &  National IoT Leader KPMG | Chairman, Executive Council IoTAA 


5:20 pm


Producer and Grower panel: From the horse’s mouth - opportunities and challenges of on-farm digital adoption

Key opportunities presented by Digital Agriculture include increased productivity, enhanced sustainability, reducing pressures of labour shortages, creation of regional jobs and reducing pressures on labour shortages. But on the flip side, key barriers are often touted as a lack of trust in the technology, low digital capability levels, lack of scalability or interoperability, and limited access to on-farm connectivity.  This panel session will feature producers and growers from different commodity sectors (eg horticulture, livestock, cropping etc) who will share their experience adopting Digital Agriculture solutions.

  • Moderated by Ashley Rootsey, Innovation Manager at Food Agility CRC | Vice-Chair IoTAA Food & Agribusiness Workstream
5.50 pm

Return on Investment of AgTech IoT 

An unclear value proposition or ROI of AgTech can be a barrier to adoption. Much work is being undertaken by a number of organisations to provide tools and independently validate the ROI of digital agriculture solutions and in doing so provide confidence to producers and growers to make investment in solutions.

  • More crop from each drop – Alicia Garden, CEO GoannaAg and Rose Roche, Senior Research Scientist CSIRO
  • Red Meat AgTech ROI Calculator  - Ben van Delden, Partner & Head of AgTech KPMG & Michael Lee, Group Manager of Science and Innovation, Meat & Livestock Australia. 
  • IoT device testing and provision / CSU Innovation Hub – Hon Niall Blair, Professor Food Sustainability, Charles Sturt University
6:20 pm

Closing remarks

Frank Zeichner, CEO, IoTAA

6:30 pm

Drinks and networking

8:00 pm Close



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