DAS 2023: Meet The Future
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PDT (All times shown are in Pacific Daylight Time)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Meet fellow innovators and leaders (and future leaders) in Agtech and Animal tech over coffee and delicious morning treats.
9:15 AM: OPENING REMARKS
Here’s to the Future!
Welcome to DAS2023, the annual, un-conference style gathering of Agtech entrepreneurs, innovators, executives and investors.
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM: OPENING KEYNOTE
Lessons for the Future: The Guitar Hero Story
Charles Huang, co-creator of one the greatest video games in history, talks about the Guitar Hero journey and future lessons for all entrepreneurs.
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: PANEL I
Farms of the Future: AI Meets Ag
Thought leaders from Digital, Technology and Farming backgrounds will talk about how AI is impacting Crop and Animal Agriculture. They will share insights on what the farms of the future will look like. How predictive analytics is being used for better forecasting and crop planning in improving profitability? How to truly harness the power of AI to solve major problems within agriculture? and What are the key opportunities for technology and innovation in the coming decade?
11:10 AM – 11:55 AM: PANEL II
The Future of Food: Sustainable? Traceable? Edible?
Industry veterans and startups will discuss on how food chain networks are creating systems that address the needs of today’s consumers; a more sustainable food supply. Identifying trends and technology that are helping with accurate traceability (farm to fork) and digital transformation that measures the progress of businesses while producing sustainable food supply.
12:00 AM – 1:25 PM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS
“Ponder the Future” Roundtables & Lunch
These “un-conference style” discussions will be hosted by an industry leader, a startup co-founder, and a subject matter expert, all guiding participants to discuss topics shaping the future of Agriculture and Animal Care.
- Chewing the Cud with ChatGPT: What’s all the Fuss about and how it affects you?
- Vet Clinic 2.0: Improving practice efficiency and pet health through technology
- AI meets Ag: The role of AI in agriculture to enhance food production & sustainability
- Adventures in Petcare: Improve cost efficiency and pet wellness
- Fun with Blockchain: Food traceability and system transparency with Blockchain
- The Ag Less Travelled: The role of technology in enhancing marginal agricultural areas
- Greening the Plate: Next-Gen Tech for Food System Transformation and Sustainable Protein.
- Harvesting Data: How Data Science is revolutionizing Agriculture and Animal Care
- Farm To Fork: The need for Digital Traceability
1:35 PM – 2:15 PM: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE
A Tale of Two Entrepreneurs
This keynote fireside will spotlight Garrett Smallwood, CEO at Wag! Group Co., the NASDAQ listed on-demand dog walking platform & Lisa Hu, Co-Founder of Roo, the ground-breaking veterinary relief platform connecting hospitals with relief staff. Host Megan Berry (Mentors Fund) will moderate a conversation that will explore their entrepreneurial journey and their views on the future of animal tech and agtech.
2:25 PM – 3:20 PM: STARTUP SHOWCASE
Our shark tank style Pitchfest pits enterprising Animaltech and Agtech startups against Silicon valley VCs. Only 1 startup will earn the bragging rights of being crowned “DAS2023 Startup of the Year”.
3:30 PM – 4:10 PM: INNOVATORS OF THE FUTURE SHOWCASE
The Future Is Bright
Current students/future leaders will share their journeys of building innovative solutions that are helping improve the way we live and eat.
- Dr. Aifra Ahmed (Medical Director, HEALTH[at]SCALE Technologies)
- Shuja Keen (Board of Director, MIT Alumni Association)
4:10 PM: CLOSING REMARKS
Social Hour & Networking
DAS 2023: ‘Meet the Mentors’ Track
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM PDT (All times shown are in Pacific Daylight Time)
Sponsored by Mentors Fund, this track invites entrepreneurs leading promising Agtech/Animal tech startups to have a series of 1 on 1 session with Silicon Valley VC and angel investors, including folks from Mentors Fund, MIT Angels, E14 Ventures, and many more.