Fieldays innovation programme 365 days a year

By: Media Release

As New Zealand’s Fieldays continues to grow and strengthen, it’s stepping out of its four days in June to become a year round presence as part of its mission to advance agriculture.

With innovations being an integral focus of Fieldays and one of the annual events founding principles, New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays organisers are working with their partners and sponsors – Vodafone, Locus Research, Callaghan Innovations, Tru Test and Soda Inc. – to create a 365 day-a-year enterprise focused on advancing agriculture through innovation.

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder commented: "One of our strategic pillars, our cornerstones is to be present and connected 365 days a year. To build an Innovation ecosystem and create a true 365 enterprise with our stable of partners is the obvious next step for Fieldays. Our Goal is to accelerate the agri innovation path from grassroots to viable businesses."

Fieldays innovations manager Gail Hendricks added: "The Fieldays Innovation ecosystem will include the innovation centre, innovation accelerator and lab during Fieldays 2016 (15- 18 June 2016) along with networking events, seminars, webinars and targeted workshops across the year for all registered participants and members."

Fieldays will be hosting a "sponsor’s lab" at FIeldays 2016, supported by Locus Research. The lab will be centrally located within the innovation centre and will give innovation partners the opportunity to engage with participants offering them advice, support and direction.

The lab is a vital component in the Fieldays innovation ecosystem, advancing the path to commercialisation, and providing access to expertise to accelerate New Zealand’s agritech innovators.

Applications for the Fieldays Innovation Awards 2016 will open online 1 December 2015.

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