Tech and Agriculture
20

Wednesday, 20 September

6:30 8:30 pm CDT

GA Austin, WeWork Congress

600 Congress Avenue, 14th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Royse Law logo

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Tech and Agriculture

Roger Royse Photo


Founder and Owner, Royse Law Firm

Jeff Bisberg Photo


CEO, Illumitex

Billy Tiller Photo


Cofounder, Grower Information Services Cooperative

Nathan Dorn Photo


Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Food Origins

Michael Hanan Photo


CEO , Agua Dulce Farm

20

Wednesday, 20 September

6:30 8:30 pm CDT

GA Austin, WeWork Congress

600 Congress Avenue, 14th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Royse Law logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

TECH AND... AGRICULTURE

Overview:​ At this exclusive panel and lightning pitch event, we host thought-leaders in finance and Ag Tech to explore new intersections of technology in the field. Together, we discuss how they’ve been impacted by the rise of tech, ways they’ve adapted and innovated along the way, and what they expect to see in the future.

What You’ll Take Away: Gain insight and inspiration from experts in Ag Tech and hear first-hand how technology is transforming the industry. Expand your understanding of today’s tech-based world, and fuel your own ideas for the future.

Featured Experts: Leaders in the Austin Agriculture Startup and Investment communities will break down the biggest challenges and opportunities they face with the rise of new technology, and explain how their teams adapt to the fast pace of innovation. Hear from...

Panelists:

  • Jeff Bisberg - CEO, Illumitex
  • Billy Tiller – Cofounder, Grower Information Services Cooperative
  • Michael Hanan – Cofounder, 10 Acre Organics
  • Nathan Dorn – CEO, Food Origins

Pitch Companies:

  • Gary Nijak, Green and Grow
  • Blake Burris, Flux
  • Tyler Sickels, SolGro In.

Why It Matters: The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). Now, it’s rare to go about a regular day without interacting with tech — whether it’s an alarm app that wakes you up, your Nest Thermostat-regulated apartment, or the software you use at work. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being able to predict the future of tech in various industries has never been more important — both at work and at play.

Agenda:

  • Check-in & Networking 6:30 - 6:45 pm
  • Lighting Pitches 6:45 - 7:10 pm
  • Panel and Q&A 7:10 - 8:00 pm
  • Networking 8:00 - 8:30 pm

About the Speakers

Roger Royse Photo

Founder and Owner,
Royse Law Firm

Roger Royse is the founder and owner of the Royse Law Firm (www.rroyselaw.com), a 25 lawyer firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo. Roger is also the organizer of the Silicon Valley AgTech Conference and runs the AgTech Innovation Network, an early stage incubator and network for tech companies in the agriculture and food markets. Roger has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7 and Fast Company.

Jeff Bisberg Photo

CEO,
Illumitex

Jeff Bisberg is CEO and Chairman of Illumitex Corp, the Digital Horticulture LED company. Mr. Bisberg came to illumitex from GE where he was Chief Strategy Officer for Current’s IOT platform and CEO of GE Lighting’s Albeo division. Prior to GE Jeff was co-founder and CEO of Albeo, an award-winning Industrial SSL company. With 22 issued patents, dozens of published papers, and over 30 years of experience, he is a recognized leader in state-of-the-art solid-state product innovation. Mr. Bisberg has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist twice and won numerous company and personal awards. Jeff Bisberg graduated from Northwestern University with a Maters in Materials Science and Engineering and was a founding member and Chairman of the Colorado CleanTech Industries Association.

Billy Tiller Photo

Cofounder,
Grower Information Services Cooperative

Billy Tiller is the fourth generation to manage a large family-owned production Ag operation in an area west of Lubbock, Texas. Mr. Tiller’s past leadership includes almost 22 years on the Board of Directors of two separate telecommunications firms, 9 years in an agricultural bank leadership and its Board of Directors for 11 years. Mr. Tiller was a founder of GiSC in 2012 as the first cooperative to represent growers’ interests on the topic of data and information. GiSC currently has members across 41 states and all major commodities. He has several accomplishments in the “Big Ag Data” space which include in July 2017, he was named by PrecisionAg Professional and Meister Publishing, as one of the Top 10 Most Intriguing People in Precision Farming.

Nathan Dorn Photo

Chief Executive Officer & Founder,
Food Origins

Nathan Dorn is CEO and Co-Founder of Food Origins an early stage Precision Data company focused on Hand Harvested Crops. A serial innovator for companies including Pepsi Bottling, Gallo Wineries and Vineyards, and Reiter Affiliated Companies, his focus has been in energy and labor savings through system redesign and simple invention. He also serves as Ag technology and Ag robotics consultant to major produce companies, businesses startups and several universities.

Michael Hanan Photo

CEO ,
Agua Dulce Farm

Driven by a passion to help people live healthier and happier lives and to improve the sustainability of our food and agriculture systems, Michael has been working on the front lines of urban agriculture in Austin for the past 5 years - first, as Co-Founder of Ten Acre Organics and, most recently, as CEO of Agua Dulce Farm. Agua Dulce develops, employs and demonstrates the most efficient methods of Organic growing, including aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture.

About Our Partners

Royse Law

The Royse AgTech Innovation Network supports companies focused on creating new technologies for the agriculture and food industries. Members are given exclusive access to conferences, international demo days, networking events, and pitch sessions. Many startups utilize our network to connect with new markets, advisors, and investors.

Refund Policy

We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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