The Transforming Power of Vertical Farming
The Transforming Power of Vertical Farming
Fri, September 7, 2018, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM HKT
We will connect with producers and consumers throughout the exhibition and clearly show the potential of Vertical Farming to others in the food production business, logistics, and technology.
During this event, we will define and identify how politics, industry cooperation, technology, science, society, and finance can contribute to the future development of Vertical Farming.
Here is what you should expect as an attendee of the Summit:
Connect with players in the Asia region (Japan, China SEA)
Innovative ideas and solutions
Build a roadmap for VF/PF development of the next 5 years
Understand trends of the fresh produce market for VF
VF/PF visit tour to Japan and Taiwan
This summit will ask how each of the stakeholders can and need to contribute to the advancement of VF/PF.
Find the missing links with us and build a roadmap to overcome them!
Active participation: You will be actively engaged as a full participant throughout the entire event. Unlike typical events where most attendees are passive listeners, your active participation actually matters.
Join one of the 8 topic groups: All invitees to the Summit are like-minded individuals with similar goals, who believe that dynamic innovation is the key to generating jobs, income, and economic development sustainably around the world.
You will select a design thinking session (interactive workshop, 3.5 hours) to be conducted after the keynote presentations in the afternoon. You can join a topic group that will enable you to work on your roadmap for the entire workshop.
Develop a 5-year ROADMAP for the implementation of Vertical Farming/Plant Factories. Analyze the current situation, define the necessary steps, and find creative solutions to overcome the hurdles for a broad implementation of VF/PF.
Core Themes covered by the Design-Thinking topic groups:
Industry; Technology; Science; Education; Investment & Finance; Smart Food Future Cities; Policies & Legislation.
Organizer of The Transforming Power of Vertical Farming
- Organizer Website Website
- Organizer Facebook Profile a vertical farm
- Organizer Twitter Profile AVerticalFarm
The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active nonprofit organization of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities focusing on advancing Vertical Farming technologies, designs, and businesses. The AVF sees its mission in fostering the sustainable growth and development of the Vertical Farming industry through policy advocacy, education, and standardization.
AVF leads a movement that shapes a new industry and advocates for more sustainable food production systems.
Keynote Speaker Saskia Sassen
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired till 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering, and digitization, three key variables running through her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books.
Together, her authored books are translated in over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.
Company: Columbia University, United States of America
Keynote Speaker Robert Chen
Bob is the Founder of AEssense and also serves as Chairman, President andChief Executive Officer. AEssense is a global agriculture technology company established to solve three 21st century issues: the need for high agriculture yields for a growing population, food safety, and conservation of resources. To achieve these goals, the Company developed the AEtriumplatform, a family of precision automated indoor aeroponic plant growth systems which dramatically increase both the productivity and the sustainability of commercial cultivation.
Prior to AEssense, Bob had a long history of building successful businesses in Silicon Valley. He was the Co-founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of RAE Systems a global developer and manufacturer of rapidly deployable, multi-sensor chemical and radiation detection monitors and networks which was acquired by Honeywell in 2013. Before that, he was the Founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of AOT Corp., a manufacturer of computer-aided test systems which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 1991.
Bob’s industry experience also includes various engineering and management positions at General Motors, General Electric, Tektronix, Fairchild Semiconductor and Hewlett-Packard Company. Bob has a BSEE from National Taiwan Cheng-Kung University, a MSEE from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Advanced Engineer Degree from Syracuse University. Bob also graduated from OPM Class 18 of the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Bob enjoys mentoring young professionals, photography, and traveling. He recently published a book called “From Shanghai to Silicon Valley: How to Start a High-Tech Company from Scratch” to inspire and guide aspiring entrepreneurs.
AVF Summit- September 7, 2018 Hong Kong
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