It’s with great pleasure (and some relief) that we can finally announce the launch of the Farming2020 initiative. You can learn more by visiting the dedicated website at


Earlier this year, New Zealand hosted its first ever Techweek. It was a great 7 days. Techweek 2016 had an Auckland focus (it was funded by ATEED), with over 55 events being held across the city.

Unfortunately, not a single one had an AgTech or primary industry sector focus. So the New Zealand Technology Association and Techweek 2017 national organisers approached Wharf42 three months ago, with a view to establishing an AgTech focused event to coincide with Techweek 2017. It was an opportunity, we could not turn down. The Farming2020 initiative is the result.

Next year, Techweek is going national. You can view today’s Techweek 2017 media release here.

The 2017 Farming2020 Event has been designed to showcase some of New Zealand’s leading AgTech businesses and solutions operating within a digitally connected working farm environment. The Event will highlight how digital innovation is impacting on agriculture’s long-term future to a diverse audience; industry representatives, other tech innovators, investors, media and groups of students from schools across central north island.

The Event will include a walkthrough of agricultural robotic, drone and on-farm sensor demonstrations as well as other smart AgTech platforms. The Event will also capture high-grade content for future use by participating New Zealand AgTech companies.

The main Farming2020 Event will be hosted at the LIC Innovation Farm in the Waikato. Other AgTech-focused presentations will take place at venues around New Zealand. These will be announced in Q1, 2017.

Now that we have been able to formally announce the launch of the Farming2020 initiative, we will be engaging with New Zealand’s wider AgTech sector. I even have a new email address for this purpose:

We look forward to providing further updates via the website as the Program develops.