Returning for it's third year, Agmentation is a two-day event that runs Friday (26th July) evening and all day Saturday (27th July) in Armidale. The activities involve the process of making agriculture including the cultivation of soil, for the growing of crops and rearing of animals, as productive as possible.
Held at the University of New England, the regional incubator is a physical working space designed and developed to offer support to regional startups. UNE researchers, industry stakeholders, university students and regional high school students to form teams, focus on a problem statement and pitch their 'business solution' for agriculture in a regional setting.This startup event, known as a 'Hackathon' provides participants with the opportunity to work on agricultural problems together alongside primary producers, technical engineers.
This Australian initiative is judged by a panel; Phil Morle from Main Sequence Ventures, Mathew Pryor from AgThentic and Tenacious Ventures and James Harris UNE Chancellor. This panel of judges will award the prize to the best idea on the day.
This year is focused on 'Future Food & Fibre in the New England North West, supported by three main problem statements that look at sustainable, ethical and responsible farming practice. "We work on real world grassroots agribusiness challenges in a fast paced, sprint and pitch style event. we have problem statements and people form teams, have a facilitator and expert mentors to help teams get ready to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. This year's challenges are around how do we track what consumers of the future want; and how can we build measure and reward sustainable, ethical and responsible food and fibre production," said Lou Conway Director of UNE Smart Region Incubator.
The Member for New England Barnaby Joyce will commence proceedings at 6pm July 26 at Belshaw Lecture Theatre (LT1), at UNE Business School, W40, Trevenna Rd. The Member of Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall will be present when the problem solving starts at 8.00am, Saturday July 27 at UNE SMART Farm Innovation Centre, Weirds Rd, Armidale.
Also at this event will be Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Cisco, Auctions Plus, Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology, Australian Wool Innovation, University of New England VC Prof. Brigid Heywood.
The UNE SMART Region Incubator, known as the SRI, exists to support new start-ups across the New England North West region by providing a physical working space to grow ideas and network with other founders and expert advisers. The SRI opened nearly two years ago and now supports over 43 startup Founders located in Armidale, Tamworth and across the New England North West. The SRI works with startups who want to grow and scale their businesses in a range of industries; including AgTech solutions, health and creative.
Contact Lou Conway on 0429 629 747 Director UNE SMART Region Incubator for more information.