Schedule

The SDL agenda offers a balance of high level, strategic guidance and direct questioning to challenge current thinking. By inviting cross sector discussion in group panels and intimate firesides, our agenda fosters the curiosity and inspiration needed to drive change forward. 


22 Oct

19:00 - 23:00

Official Networking Launch

23 Oct

09:30-10:30

Coffee & Registration

10:30 - 10:35

Welcome Introduction To SDL, Miami Forum

KEN RUSSELL, City of Miami

10:35-10:50

A Sustainable 2025

Five years before the SDGs deadline, we look at global progress in integrating public policy, scientific solutions and technology to facilitate a sustainable planet.

10:50-11:05

Horticulture & Vertical Farming

How the reinvention of horizontal horticulture is breaking down barriers across the globe.

11:05-11:20

Food Security, Funds & Data Tools

CLAUDIA RÖSSLER, Microsoft

Rain drought, malnutrition & financially underserved farmers;

finding the balance in business.

11:20-11:35

Global Growth, Trends & Forecasts

How digital disruption and consolidation are tackling our rising populations and food demands.

11:35-11:50

Digitization: Seed To Farm To Table

Revolutionising agriculture: increased farming efficiency; transparent and sustainable food supply chains; management of supply and price volatility.

11:50-12:05

The Sustainability Technology Challenge

ARAMA KUKUTAI, Finistere Ventures

How to feed 10 billion people - identifying sustainability obstacles in the journey to global food security

12:05-12:35

Panel: Food Waste & Recovery

Exploring frameworks from global innovators to support collective action towards eliminating food waste and transforming it into new material.

12:35-12:50

More Food Vs. Smarter Food

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HOWARD-YANA SHAPIRO, Mars

How to achieve SDG ‘Zero Hunger’ by focusing not only on

crop yield, but environment, climate, seed selection and

management, and the process distribution phases.

12:50-13:05

The Trilogy of Sustainability: Farming, Finance, Technology

How we can improve food security while also shifting towards a global innovation and knowledge based agricultural economy.

13:05-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-14:30

Panel: Crop Management

Guidance on optimizing your plant population, crop emergence and establishment to produce higher yields with better cost efficiency.


14:30-14:45

How is Smithfield Meeting Its Sustainability Goals?

KRAIG WESTERBEEK, Smithfield Renewables

An indepth discussion on Smithfield Renewables and their goals to lessen environmental impact of protein production

14:45-15:00

How IOT is Revolutionizing Agriculture

Is IoT the future of agriculture? Science and tech think so – here’s why and how you can reap the benefits.

15:00-15:15

How Big Data Can Enable Outcome Based Farming

Analysing large data volumes to predict risk of disease and pest outbreaks, enabling the right solutions to be made at the right time.

15:15-15:45

Panel: Investment, Insurance & Lending

What do the top tier of global VC firms and investors look for, and how do they envision the future of investment trends?

15:45-16:00

A New Frontier: Pioneering Using Precision

Controlled accuracy in an uncontrollable climate: using data driven technology for sustainable production of crops and livestock.

16:00-16:15

International Sustainability: The Targets and How to Get There

Population, consumption, poverty, climate change - identifying sustainability obstacles to both business and global goals, and discussing how to overcome them

16:15-16:30

Preparing For Natural Disasters & Global Climate Change

Discussing predictions, preparations, measuring risk and quantifying impact across the most vulnerable land masses.

16:30-16:45

Privacy & Data Rights

The value behind your business data and how to protect it.

16:45-17:00

Global Business & Sustainable Sourcing

KEVIN KRUEGER, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

How to align corporate profitability and business strategy with responsible sourcing and sustainable footprint.

17:00-17:15

Replacing Chemicals

From UV light to pesticides and fertilizers; where harmful chemicals are being replaced and how to implement them for your crop.

24 Oct

09:30-10:30

Coffee & Registration

10:30-10:35

Welcome to Day Two of SDL, Miami Forum

10:35-10:50

Antibiotics: Friend or Foe

The complex use and impact of antibiotics and increasing resistance in agriculture.

10:50-11:05

Smart Energy in Farming

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DAVID FRIEDMAN, VividGro

Effective solar solutions to cut costs and increase self reliance on the ground.

11:05-11:20

How Biotech Enables Sustainable Crop Production

Delving into peptide R&D to enable better soil health and crop yields, and looking towards a biotech led future

11:05-11:20

How Biotech Enables Sustainable Crop Production

Delving into peptide R&D to enable better soil health and crop yields, and looking towards a biotech led future

11:35-11:50

Evolving Trade Agreements To Meet Development & Sustainability

How are current global politics affecting international trade, development and investment in agriculture?

11:50-12:05

Innovation in a Financially Stifled Industry

Farmers across the world lack financial security. Here's how implementable technology can change that.

12:05-12:35

Panel: Blockchain & Agribusiness

Exploring traceability, transparency and accountability through use of blockchain, from producer to buyer and consumer

12:35-12:50

Farm to Fork: But What's in Between?

Discussing current research into the most effective transportation of food and current freight solutions implemented across supply chains

12:50-13:05

Agricultural Resource Management

Investigating farm income, cost estimates and forecasts for the agricultural sector, with data that underpins much of the market.

13:05-14:15

LUNCH

14:15-14:30

The UN: SDGs

End poverty, protect the planet & ensure that all people enjoy peace & prosperity. Simple, right?

14:30-14:45

Food Sovereignty Vs. Food Security

A community right to produce food and consume it doesn’t always align with a global responsibility to protect it. How can we ensure food security for the planet without jeopardising people’s right to rule their own food ecosystem?

14:45-15:00

Food in The Workplace: Sourcing, Waste & Our Carbon Footprint

Tourism giant Airbnb walks us through the task of feeding thousands of employees whilst maintaining a responsible sourcing and distribution strategy.

15:00-15:15

How Can Agriculture Directly Impact Our Climate & Environmental Survival?

A case study of carbon in our atmosphere, and how the agriculture sector worldwide can lessen our footprint and give us hope for a better, cleaner future

15:15-15:45

Panel: International Policy & Regulation

15:45-16:00

Social Innovation for Farmers & Growers Across a Transforming Supply Chain

How can we embed ground level producers into a fast moving, innovative supply chain through collaboration and social facilitation.

16:00-16:15

Sustainable Cannabis Farming

Everyone from lawyers to indoor growers are jumping on the cannabis boom, but how is regulation and policy affecting the market and its future?

16:15-16:45

FIRESIDE: Distributed Farming for a Fresher Future

Will urban agriculture disrupt the supply chain as it scales?

16:45-17:00

A Hydroponic Future

Forget soil – discover the plants that never get planted with category leaders paving the way for indoor miracle growth on an industrial scale.

17:00-17:15

Agtech: Harvesting Profits

The agricultural sector has long survived through guesswork and word of mouth across generations – now, the food revolution is upon us.

17:15-17:30

Panel: Transforming Protein Production

What are the implications and sustainable factors when considering plant based or cell cultured protein production?