A First Look at Who’s Speaking at Food Loves Tech

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Editor’s note: We’re doing a Food Loves Tech BOGO ticket sale now through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2018. Snag that discount while it’s live! This year we also have new ticket options like our “innovator pass” and our “innovator pass plus” that give attendees exclusive access to VIP and networking events—more here.

You might think it’s unlikely to find yourself in a conversation with a farmer, New York City Council member and a CEO, but that’s what can happen at Food Loves Tech. Our annual deep dive into the future of ag, food and drink returns to Industry City this November 2-3, 2018, where in addition to sipping oat lattes, nibbling some Gotham Greens and scoping out our connected kitchen, you’ll hear some of the brightest minds in food discuss what’s on the horizon.

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Edible Brooklyn editor-in-chief Ariel Lauren Wilson, AgFunder editor Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Sam Kass, Marion Nestle and chef Michael Anthony discuss the role of genetics in the food supply at last year’s Food Loves Tech. Photo credit: Clay Williams.

Exact dates and times are still in the works, but expect this year’s panels to address questions like:

  • What is the future of urban agriculture?
  • Can tech help save our oceans?
  • What food innovations can improve our health?
  • How should we grow food for the future?
  • Will grocery stores go extinct?

We’ll be rolling out more on who’s speaking on what and when in the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the meantime, below is the full list of all our moderators and panelists to date. Curious about the format? Check out last year’s panels here.

  • Onika Abraham, director, Farm School NYC
  • Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
  • Jack Algiere, farm director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Gabe Andrews, sustainable seafood program director, The Safina Center
  • Elizabeth Balkan, director of food waste initiatives, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Daniel Beckmann, co-founder, Foodshed.io
  • Doug Bush, managing member/GM, The Cultured Abalone
  • Michael Chernow, owner, Seamore’s
  • Cheryl Clements, founder and CEO, PieShell
  • Kara Cohen, co-founder, Dripkit Coffee
  • Aziz Dehkan, executive director, New York City Community Garden Coalition
  • Andrea Egan, United Nations Development Programme
  • Rafael Espinal, council member for the 37th District of the New York City Council
  • Irving Fain, founder and CEO, Bowery Farming
  • Jennifer Farah, founder and CEO, SproutsIO
  • Tyler Florence, chief food innovation officer, Innit
  • Henry Gordon-Smith, founder and managing director, Agritecture Consulting
  • Brian Halweil, editor-at-large, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Long Island, Edible East End
  • Dr. Robert Graham, founder, Fresh Med NYC
  • Lisa Elaine Held, freelance journalist
  • Matt Joziwak, chairman and founder, ReThink Food
  • Sam Kass, food entrepreneur and former White House chef and senior policy adviser for nutrition. Founder of Trove and venture partner in Acre Venture Partners.
  • Mike Lee, founder, The Future Market
  • Sean Lenihan, founder, Honest Bison
  • Riana Lynn, co-founder, Journey Foods
  • Cam MacKrugler, founder and CEO, Seedsheet
  • Jackie Miller, incubator director, Chobani
  • Danielle Nierenberg, president, Food Tank
  • Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO, AeroFarms
  • Tobias Peggs, CEO, Square Roots
  • Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO, Gotham Greens
  • Deepak Sekar, founder and CEO, Chowbotics
  • Chloe Sorvino, reporter, Forbes
  • Brian Stewart, brand ambassador, Belvedere Vodka
  • Brett Tolley, national program coordinator, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
  • Shen Tong, founder, FutureFoodCo
  • Uwe Voss, COO, HelloFresh
  • Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor-in-chief, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn
  • Amelia Winslow, director of project management, Health-Ade Kombucha
  • LinYee Yuan, founder and editor, MOLD

The following businesses and organizations will join us, too—stay tuned for who’ll be representing them and when:

  • Australis Aquaculture
  • Forager Project
  • The Land Institute
  • Manna Fish Farms
  • The Meat Hook
  • Oatly