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  • 1100 Wicomico Street Baltimore, MD, 21230 United States (map)
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Sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Facilitated by F3Tech

What to Expect:

Join F³ Tech and thought leaders in agritech, aquatech, and envirotech to explore an exciting emerging market set to transform the agriculture industry and the world. New concepts like automation and robotics, data and analytics, synthetic biology, and vertical farming are transforming the way that food is produced. A growing population, climate change, urbanization, and globalized trade are a few of the megatrends that are creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

The agritech market is forecasted to surge to $20B by 2020, in part due to the enormous challenge of growing 70% more food by 2050 to feed a growing global population. Join us while we explore one of the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs who seek to solve one of the most pressing issues facing humanity today.

Big Data Analytics in Decision Ag
Presented by Sri Sabesan, Chief Executive Officer for Tier 1 Digital

Big data and analytics are helping to improve and transform a multitude of industries in the modern world. The most impactful thing such technologies do is provide detailed and real-time insights into operational and financial activities. In agriculture, this very thing is playing out as we speak. Every grower has a goal for their operation. Some of the more commonly cited are around improving profitability and efficiency, reducing the cost of an operation, or increasing product value. To achieve each goal, growers must make better decisions and move beyond the use of general knowledge from ground experiments, which can only carry them so far. No business is the same, and there is now an increasing need for information generated in a location-specific manner, providing a solution which fits in line with what each grower needs. Through big data and connected devices, every one of the goals around profitability, efficiency and cost management are not only achievable, but completely realistic. The question is less about whether or not the technology offers benefits — it indeed does — and more about the “how” it achieves such a thing. In this session, we will discuss few ways in which big data in agriculture is improving conditions or operations.

What Does the Future of Production Agriculture Look Like - What Role Will Autonomy Play
Presented by Luke Zerby, PLM Marketing Manager for CNH Industrial

Autonomy is one of many factors that will change the landscape of the future of Production Ag. However, there are many areas of technology that have developed significantly in the last few years that also add significant improvements to our operations before we reach autonomy. Three of these areas include:

Internet of Things (IoT) and Connectivity

  • Telematics for Agronomic, Animal, and Equipment Services

  • Remote Management

  • Marketing and Sales

Data Analytics (Big Data)

  • What is the value in what’s collected and what gaps do we need to collect?

  • How do we manage data and security?

  • Sources of data; human, machine, satellite, sensor, history

Machine Automation

  • Increase quality and consistency of product

  • Increase safety in operation and in food safety

Agriculture will be in greater need of autonomy and autonomous vehicles more than any other industry. Especially as we look to find a solution to meeting the world’s demand for quantity and quality of food for the growing population. A few of the topics that drive this conversation are:


  • What are the labor needs, costs, and how do we compete for labor?

  • Need to increase technology to compensate for operator skill variability


  • Autonomy can be a force multiplier, limited weather windows

  • Get more time back for the farms to be with family, quality of life

  • Cost- Where are the cost savings and where are the additional costs?

FeedTech – How Innovations in Feed Are Impacting the Future of Our Food
Presented by Sam Glickstein, Founder & CEO for Biotrophics and Paul Rosenberger, Founder & CEO of GreatAlga

The demands we make of our food producing animals are getting higher each day. In order to enable our livestock and fish to produce optimum levels of the highest quality protein, it is absolutely essential that we provide them with the right quality and type of feed. This is where the challenge begins. Feed accounts for 50% of the cost of raising animals or fish. Fishmeal is not sustainable as the primary protein supplement to feed and alternatives are required. Learn about how two Baltimore startups are developing insects and algae as leading solutions to this feed challenge.

For more information about this event, please contact Mike Thielke


Event Presented By

F³ Tech (Farm-Fish-Food) is a proof-of-concept and commercialization initiative that is creating a renaissance of economic growth and prosperity through innovation and technology that is built upon Maryland’s traditional industries of agriculture and seafood. F³ Tech enables solutions through the development of new products and services in response to market-driven problems and challenges. This is accomplished through a series of stages that guides entrepreneurs from idea through commercialization.

Providing financial support to agriculture and rural America. MidAtlantic Farm Credit is one of the largest agriculture lenders on the East Coast. As a member-owned co-op, we have historically returned up to 60% of our profits back to our member/borrowers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Event Partners & Sponsors

Innovation Under Development Schedule:

8:30 am-9: 30 am: Networking & Coffee
Innovation Lounge - Sponsored by Baked in Baltimore and Vagrant Coffee

9:30 am -10:15 am: An Introduction to React Native
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by SmartLogic

10:30 am -11:15 am: Developing a Successful Engineering Apprentice Program
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by SmartLogic

11:00 am - 1:15 pm: Company Tours
Floors 1-8 - Presented by 1100 Wicomico

10:30 am - 11:15 am: 5 Things to Start a Company and Find Your Real Customer
8th Floor Stage 2 - Presented by StartupGrind Columbia and Harbor Designs and Manufacturing, LLC

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Technology's Rise in the Maker Movement
8th Floor Stage 2 - Presented by Made in Baltimore

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Made in Baltimore Sourcing & Supplier Fair
8th Floor - Presented by Made in Baltimore

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Entrepreneur Showcase: Inventions You Had No Idea Were Made Here
8th Floor - Presented by Harbor Designs and Manufacturing, LLC

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Live Demonstrations
8th Floor - Featuring Balti Virtual, Mammoth Battlebot, EcoMap Baltimore

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Explore The Agritech Revolution With F³ Tech
8th Floor Stage 2 - Sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Facilitated by F3Tech

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Show me the Money
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by Squadra

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Technologies of the Future
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by MD MEP, Moderated by Nemphos Braue

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Higher Education and Workforce Development
8th Floor Stage 1 - Presented by

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: DEV Day Happy Hour & Awards
8th Floor - Sponsored by Nemphos Braue &

Earlier Event: October 9
Later Event: October 9