Grey County was just named as on of the Smart21 Communities for 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Join us on November 2 & 3 to find out what makes us a Connected County!
Registration to participate in the Ag 4.0 Summit by Livestream is still open! Click the green 'tickets' button on the upper right to register for your virtual seat at the Summit.
TICKET SALES TO ATTEND THE SUMMIT IN PERSON HAVE CLOSED. THE INNOVATION TOUR IS SOLD OUT. Thanks for the amazing interest and support in this great event!
Grey County is home to exceptional innovation in agriculture, food, and rural entrepreneurship. Join us as we shine a spotlight on creative technological innovation in agriculture and food with a new event that you won't want to miss: Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing.
This two-day Summit and Innovation Tour will provide opportunities for producers to learn from fellow agricultural innovators, and create an environment where agricultural and food producers can problem-solve with professionals from the creative and technological fields.
Leading up to the the Summit, we are hosting an 'Apps for Ag' tech competition - and you could win $1000 in cash prizes for your ag-tech innovation. Click here to learn more about 'Apps for Ag' and how you can participate.
Scholarship opportunities to attend the Summit are available for young leaders aged 16-25. Click here to learn more about how to apply to attend the Summit as a scholarship recipient.
To learn more about the Connected County Initiative and stay up to date on the latest information about Ag 4.0, please visit grey.ca/smart - and make sure to register early to guarantee your seat at the Summit and Innovation Tour!
November 2, 2016: Ag 4.0: The Next Big Thing - Summit
7:30a-4:15p - Meaford Hall
This engaging and inspiring event will be jam-packed with high-value, interactive workshops, lectures and opportunities to network with producers, innovators, and technological entrepreneurs and creatives. Speakers include Peter Gredig from AgNition, Jennifer Christie from the Global 4-H Summit, Kyle Arbuckle from blueRover, Marcia Woods from FreshSpoke, leaders in the Ag Women's Network, local economic development officers, advisors from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, plus exciting producers from across Ontario and many others.
The day will also include hands-on workshops with tech-tools and "speed dating" sessions, where you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with people and businesses you might not ordinarily cross paths with - but who might have great ideas for how you can work together to improve your existing operations. Maybe you'll meet the perfect collaborator who will help you come up with "the next big thing!"
Schedule at a glance:
November 3, 2016: Ag 4.0 Innovation Tour
8:30a-4:30pm - Meet at Meaford Hall
On November 3rd, 2016, we'll give you the opportunity to tour some exciting Grey County farms and businesses to learn more about their innovative practices and how they have leveraged ICT and digital tools to "grow where they are planted" and build sucessful agriculture and food businesses here in Grey County.
Tours and speakers include: Lomarr Lea Farms, T&K Ferri Orchards, Valleykirk Farms, Kilannan Brewing Co., and many more! Additional featured speakers include the Bay Growers Inc., Andy van Niekerk the AGRI-TREND Coach, and Garrett Froese from Froese & Co.
A very limited number of seats are available for the Innovation Tour - once the bus is full, we're full! Register today to avoid disappointment.
(Please note, the Innovation Tour will only be available to registrants who attend the Summit on November 3rd - you can choose to attend just the Summit or the Summit and the Tour, but mustregister/attend the Summit to register for the Innovation Tour.)
Questions? Get in touch!
Contact Ashleigh Weeden, Project Lead - Connected County Initiative, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519.372.0219 ext. 1255 or Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer - Local Food, at email@example.com or (519) 376-3365 ext. 6125
Find us on social media:
We want to make it as easy as possible for attendees to connect with each other before, during and after the Summit - so we've created a Facebook page! Please "like" the page here (or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/smartgreyag40) and you'll be able to find other attendees, stay up to date on relevant information, and learn more about the event.
Do you tweet? We'd love it if you connected with us by following @GreyCounty and tweeted with the hashtags "#ag4_0 and #connectedcounty - your tweets will help us grow our community and connect you to other participants and leaders working at the intersection of agriculture and the digital economy.