Conference Programme 2019


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8.45 – 9.15 REGISTRATION
9.30 – 9.40 WELCOME Rob Chester, MD, NSF UK
9.40 – 9.45 CHAIRPERSON'S INTRODUCTION Daisy McAndrew
Session 1 INNOVATION UK: UPDATE AND OUTLOOK
9.45 – 10.15 KEYNOTE: THE FUTURE OF FOOD BUSINESS Rohit Talwar
10.15 – 10.35 INNOVATION IN THE UK FOOD INDUSTRY Sir Peter Kendall, Chair, AHDB
10.35 – 10.55 THE UK LANDSCAPE FOR AGRI-INNOVATION Andrew McLay, Innovate UK
Andrew will briefly explain the funding mechanisms for agri-innovation in the UK - the funders, where they operate and some of the recent trends we are seeing, before looking in more detail at the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Transforming Food Production programme, managed by his own organisation, Innovate UK. He will provide some insightful views on the challenges and opportunities facing agri-tech innovators in the future and some of the directions they may take, giving some fascinating examples of successful ground breaking agri-tech technologies being developed by UK organisations.
10.55 – 11.10 PANEL DISCUSSION Q&A
11.10 – 11.30 BREAK
Session 2 CHANGING THE WAY WE WORK
11.30 – 11.50 DISRUPTIVE PLAYERS IN THE MARKET Matthieu Vincent, Digital Food Lab
FoodTech is a new term coined to mean technology innovation across the whole food value chain. Behind this small word lies a world of opportunities for food and retail corporates. Matthieu will look at FoodTech’s most disruptive start-ups worldwide and provide highlights from DigitalFoodLab’s report on European FoodTech to examine how Europe compares with the rest of the world and where the biggest FoodTech hubs are. In conclusion he will suggest ways that the major corporates can face the wave of disruption created by these new ventures.
11.50 – 12.10 THE IMPACT OF RETAIL-TECH: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WAY CONSUMERS SHOP Filippo Battaini, Coresight Research Inc
Retail-tech—the integration of retail and technology—is disrupting the way retailers interface with shoppers. Filippo will look at how technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) are changing the way bricks-and-mortar stores communicate with shoppers, with examples of how retailers are currently using in-store technology in dynamic markets such as China, South Korea and Japan. Filippo will also show how the examples in Asia are transferable to the European retail environment and how the retail-tech landscape in Europe compares with other regions.
12.10 - 12.30 THE POWER OF DATA TO CREATE CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT Anabel Gutierrez Mendoza, Kent University
12.30 – 12.55 DELIVERING S.M.A.R.T. FOOD TECH FOR THE CONSUMER Martha Hodgson, Cambridge Design Partnership
CDP believes that innovation happens at the intersection of consumer, business and technology. drawing on her latest innovation research, Martha will be sharing how SMART Technology can open up future innovation opportunities in the food industry. Taking a consumer-centric approach, Martha will explore what ‘SMART’ means, provide an array of thought-provoking examples and share a framework for delivering meaningful SMART technology to the consumer.
12.55 – 13.00 QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION
13.00 - 14.00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Session 3 DISRUPTION IN PRACTICE - featuring four entrepreneurial start-ups
14.00 - 14.15 FLAVORWIKI Christian Sobolta
FlavorWiki is a unique consumer insights and data management solution designed specifically for the food and beverage industry. It uses digital technology to capture individual consumer insights at scale with a focus on taste perception and preference. FlavorWiki's goal is to accelerate the food industry by offering an affordable solution that delivers insights with 10X the reach of existing methods. Since launching our technology last year FlavorWiki has unlocked applications for taste data across the food value chain which were never possible before.
14.15 - 14.30 LAEVO Boudewijn Wisse
Laevo exoskeletons prolong the productive life of heavy duty workers, by relieving the body of strain using wearable robotics. Laevo promotes health and safety at work, enabling employers to improve productivity and cut down on sick leave. We are proudly providing our Laevo V2 posture and lift assist exoskeleton to several sectors, including logistics, automotive, heavy and food industry.
14.30 - 14.45 ALMOND Oliver Bolton
Almond is a new economic model and user application that incentivises consumers to buy sustainable products, offers transparency around supply chains, and helps responsible brands grow their business.
14.45 – 15.00 CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT PRODUCTION Kate Hofman, GrowUp Urban Farms
Controlled Environment Production (CEP), sometimes referred to as Vertical Farming, holds significant potential for adding value along the food supply chain. In the past, the attention has focused on the farming technology itself, and the macro sustainability challenges that CEP could tackle, without addressing some of the more tangible benefits it can bring to retailers, wholesalers, food service businesses and consumers. Using her experience running the UK’s first aquaponic urban vertical farm, and the lessons learned over the past six years, Kate will talk about the ways in which Controlled Environment Production can be a game-changer for fresh produce, providing safer, tastier and more sustainable products to create more resilient supply chains and delight consumers.
15.00 - 15.45 REGULATING THE FUTURE: A NEW PARADIGM Professor Chris Hodges, Fellow Wolfson College, Oxford and European Law Institute
There is a new paradigm in regulation, enforcement and compliance, called Ethical Business Practice (EBP) and Ethical Business Regulation (EBR). The concept is that people achieve more when they collaborate and that occurs best when they constantly try to do the right thing, and can demonstrate that they deserve trust. Providing evidence that you can be trusted because you have a good organisational culture enables collaborative engagement and working. These ideas can be applied through EBP within organisations between management and staff and different departments, between different people and organisations in supply chains, between businesses and regulators and between businesses and customers. What is important is the behaviour and culture of the organisation that engenders trust. In a concept like blockchain for example, how can you be sure you can trust the data? Chris will set out the evidence that supports the new paradigm, how the paradigm works, how it transforms business outcomes and reduces regulatory burdens, and some helpful tools to achieve it.
15.45 - 16.30 BLOCKCHAIN BY NSF: A STEP CHANGE IN TRACEABILITY Rob Chester
16.30 – 16.45 QUESTIONS, DEBATE
16.45 CLOSE
There will be an option to tour the British Library including the Treasures room with the Magna Carta and the Turing Insititute Enigma machine for those that want to.
Drinks in the King's Gallery.