8:50 am Chairs Opening Remarks

Module 2: Business Case & Investment
Exploring Future Markets for Vertical Farms

9:00 am Innovating Indoors: How Wendy’s is Partnering with Greenhouse Growers to Deliver on its Fresh Promise

9:30 am Beyond Microgreens: Perspectives on Profitability in Vertical Farms

Vertical Farming: Anything is Possilble but is it Profitbale?

10:00 am Vertical farmed products for all not the few that can afford

10:30 am Live Q&A

11:00 am Morning Refreshments & Virtual Speed Networking

11:30 am Scaling Urban & Periurban CEA: Economics, Environmental Footprint, & Workforce Development

  • Neil Mattson Principal Investigator, School of Integrative Plant Science , Cornell University

12:00 pm Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Considerations at Scale Built Around an Innovative Digital Platform

12:30 pm How we are Cultivating a New Crop of Compassionate Capitalists at Second Chances Farm?

1:00 pm Live Q&A

  • Ajit George Founder , Second Chances Farm
  • Gareth Jones Founder , Digital Farming
  • Neil Mattson Principal Investigator, School of Integrative Plant Science , Cornell University

1:30 pm Lunch & Networking

Module 3: Farm Design, Automation & Upscaling
Scaling up Your Vertical Farm

2:30 pm Building a Local Supply Chain at Scale

Harnessing the Power of Sensing, Big Data & Automation

3:00 pm MOBILITY – The New Strategy Lifting Vertical Farms Higher

  • Joel Cuello Professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona

3:30 pm Next-Generation Operating System’s for Vertical Farming

4:00 pm Mastermind Session: Developing truly SMART vertical farms

4:30 pm Live Q&A

5:00 pm Closing Remarks