Learn successful product and service innovation approaches for agritech and the agricultural sector.

The Bootcamp is a 1.5 day workshop created to provide agricultural sector specialists the tools to build deep customer understanding, validate business cases, and prototype digital solutions. 

Who should attend?

Ag Innovations Bootcamp is designed for:

  • Visionaries and inventors with a great idea;
  • Product managers planning the next phase of their product;
  • Leaders digitising and improving customer or supplier journeys.

Ag Innovations Bootcamp is brought to you by Rezare Systems, New Zealand Fieldays, and Amazon Web Services.

At Ag Innovations Bootcamp you will:

  • Hear the experiences and war stories of other innovators;
  • Learn how to validate your business case, identify and test assumptions and risks;
  • Discover how to build deep understanding of your customers' or users' needs;
  • Experiment with rapid techniques to build and test prototypes; and
  • Build a network of peers who are solving similar challenges, and people who can help.
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Thursday 23 May

09:40 Registration and coffee
10:20 Introduction and learning objectives
11:00 Your innovation framework
12:00 Building customer understanding
12:30 Lunch provided
13:20 Hands-on empathy interview techniques
15:30 Apply creativity to solution design
17:20 End of day 1

Friday 24 May

09:00 Prototyping techniques
11:45 Validating your ideas and prototypes
12:30 Lunch provided
13:00 Reflections and next steps
14:00 End of day 2

Your presenters and facilitators


 Andrew Cooke: Facilitator - Innovation process and prototyping

Andrew has a background at the intersection of science and digital technology, has led the development of several digital products and services, and consults on technology adoption and effective use of data in the agricultural sector. Andrew works closely with a number of Rezare Systems' clients, helping them to apply design to their product or service innovations.



Jeremy Suisted: Facilitator - customer empathy and creativity

 The world needs fresh ideas and fresh communication. Jeremy Suisted is a dynamic mix of innovation-expert and communication-specialist who delivers engaging messages designed to inform and motivate innovative change.
Jeremy runs Creativate, an innovation consultancy helping businesses measure, benchmark and unlock their innovation potential. He has helped a wide-range of New Zealand businesses and public-providers develop new products, services and cultures to foster innovation.


Sarah Adams: Case Study (Gallagher Group)

Sarah has worked in marketing, business development and management roles within the agricultural sector for around 25 years. She has helped develop small start up agricultural companies in genetics, Ultrafine merino wool and arable foods to become substantial, globally recognised businesses. Much of her work has been in creating added value products and transitioning businesses from selling products to selling solutions. When not at work Sarah is a 'hands on' farmer who is involved with the day to day running of their hill country sheep and beef property, which runs down to the Raglan Harbour in Waikato. An Angus stud, Poll Dorset stud and commercial sheep and cattle are run on the property. This 'grass roots' farming experience enables Sarah to clearly understand the problems farmers are looking to solve and how to clearly communicate the value proposition.

   And more to come...

Thursday Evening - Connecting Digital Agriculture

A networking event for Ag Innovations Bootcamp participants and other members of the agriculture and technology bootcamp, hear from a selection of speakers and network over drinks and nibbles.

6:30pm at Wintec Gallagher Events Venue. Not attending Ag Innovations Bootcamp? You can register for this event separately for only $12.50.

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Liam Beattie

Liam has a background in the development and commercialisation of new products. Prior to joining bidr®, a recently launched online rural trading platform, he worked at Air New Zealand where he managed a portfolio of Ancillary Revenue products such as skycouch, paid seating, Seats 2 Suit and the upgrade auction platform OneUp.


 Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter is the Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand. Over the past 9 months, the organisation has signed exclusive global partnerships with Farm2050 & North American-based Western Growers. Peter is on the steering committee of EvokeAG, Australia’s leading agritech conference and will be co-leading major New Zealand agritech delegations to both the US & Ireland later this year. Building these global networks is a crucial step to helping New Zealand agritech companies scale in international markets..


Andrew Cooke

Andrew has a background at the intersection of science and digital technology, has led the development of several digital products and services, and consults on technology adoption and effective use of data in the agricultural sector. In recent years, Andrew has led the NZ Farm Data Initiatives on behalf of the Red Meat Profit Partnership, DairyNZ and the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain PGP, and MPI. He participates in the International Committee for Animal Recording and other international agricultural data initiatives.


Scott Gillett

Scott Gillett is the ANZ AgTech Industry Lead for Amazon Web Services, leading both the overall sector strategy and aligned teams in addition to managing key AgTech customers in their innovation journeys. From a software development and infrastructure consultancy background, Scott has led major transformation initiatives in finance and telecommunications, run a technology startup, and in joining AWS is now assisting New Zealand AgTech customers in adopting Cloud to build new innovative products and services for the domestic and international markets.

Bootcamp Venue

Workshop Venue

Sadly perhaps, the Ag Innovations Bootcamp won’t take place around a campfire in the wilderness. Instead we’ll use the wonderful riverside venue of The Ferrybank, 154 Grantham St, Hamilton, New Zealand

Connecting Digital Agriculture - Evening Venue

Thursday evening's drinks, nibbles, and speakers will take place at Gallagher Events 1, Wintec City Campus, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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