EvokeAG will be returning to the iconic Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne next year, showcasing the brightest thoughts, inventions and solutions across the agrifood tech industry. The Future Young Leaders Program will identify eight emerging thought-leaders within agriculture to attend the exhibition and present their key passion and research relating to one of the event themes – Food, Farm or Future. Successful applicants will receive return economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers, a delegate pass and the opportunity to present on the international stage.

EvokeAG 2019 Future Young Leader Matthew Nevison said the Program is a great opportunity to contribute new conversations to an influential audience. “I spoke about the opportunity of Australian native species in driving alternative on-farm investment. It was a great opportunity to present my ideas to a room full of people who have the power to drive this change,” said Mr Nevison. The University of Sydney student said the event gave him an opportunity to explore the perspectives of different industries and hear from stakeholders right through the supply chain.

Another EvokeAG 2019 Future Young Leader Emma Moss was offered a job because of the opportunity. “After I presented on stage, Will Wells and Jake Willis Fleming from Hummingbird Technologies told me they wanted to keep in touch. I now provide advice to the team on how their technologies will be received by producers. EvokeAG was a really different event. You don’t just sit around talking about all the problems in agriculture. It’s solutions-focussed and even better, you get an international perspective,” said Ms Moss.

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director John Harvey said many delegates cited the EvokeAG Future Young Leaders’ presentations as the highlight of the event. “If we want to create an agile, entrepreneurial and commercially savvy agriculture sector, we need to be open to hearing from a diverse range of people in the industry. The EvokeAG Future Young Leaders Program is about harnessing those qualities and elevating our thought leaders to the next level,” said Mr Harvey.

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