Silicon Valley is coming to Salinas Valley for the AgTech Summit, where the California drought, investment, biotech, precision farming and big data are all on the agenda.
It"s part of Forbes Media"s "Reinventing America" series. Silicon Valley Global Partners and the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster will co-host.
An opening reception July 8 at Constellation Winery, Gonzales, Calif., will showcase 20 startups, among them Vital Farms and Blue River Technologies. The summit convenes July 9 under a tent near Taylor Farms" offices on Main Street in Salinas.
Scheduled speakers include Bruce Taylor, CEO of Taylor Farms Kevin Murphy, CEO of Driscoll"s David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect Tom Nassif, CEO of Western Growers Association Robert Fraley, executive vice president at Monsanto Neal Gutterson, vice president of research at DuPont and Ali Partovi, Farmland LP partner and co-founder of Code.org.
Award recipients are expected to include Bruce Taylor and Brian Antle, harvest manager for Tanimura & Antle.
Ten companies are finalists for SVGP"s Thrive Accelerator award and eligible for up to $5 million in funding. They are:
- California Safe Soil
- GeoVisual Technologies
- Harvest Automation
- Innovative Green
- Inteligistics Inc.
- Lotpath Inc.
- mOasis Inc.
- Nuritas and
- Urban Farmers AG.
Inteligistics offers harvest to retail temperature management controls using RFID technology, wireless sensors and machine to machine communications, founder Rao Mandava said in a news release.
"Now that Inteligistics is able to deliver mobile real-time pulp temperature from field to shelf, accuracy replaces assumptions," advisory board member Michael McCartney said in the release.