The food tech space is booming, and there are lots of exciting conferences, summits and other innovative gatherings popping up all over the place. Here are our top picks for kick-ass food tech events this winter and spring. Let us know if there are any we missed in the comments below, and we’ll add them to the list.
This conference focuses on creating dynamic discussion about the future of food. It aims to bring public awareness to how new technologies like e-commerce and 3D printing are disrupting food. The event will also explore how these technologies will evolve and affect production, distribution, consumption and communication in the food system, as well as how this will be translated in our everyday lives.
In 2014, the Food Lab at UT launched the Food Challenge Prize, an early-stage business startup competition encouraging global food system innovation. 20 finalists have been working with industry mentors over the past 12 weeks preparing for the final showdown and a chance to win up to $10,000 in prize money. Join friends, family and local food entrepreneurs to hear the food innovators pitch over snacks and drinks from amazing local food businesses.
Join SF New Tech and Rabobank and food industry founders, investors and leaders for the first dedicated food tech funding summit. Tickets include food, wine, the opportunity to present a 60 second pitch and access to the Investor’s Den.
As a member of the FTC community, get 20% off with the code “FTC20”.
This new series of hackathons brings commercial growers together with software developers to collaboratively build tech solutions to big agriculture challenges. It aims to help growers more effectively and sustainably feed the world. Its inaugural event takes place in Coalinga, but it plans to host future hackathons in Salinas, Silicon Valley, Fresno, Imperial Valley, Sacramento, Chico and Santa Barbara, CA and outside of of CA as well.
Moderated by Haven Bourque, founder of HavenBMedia, this interactive panel features Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, Michele Simon, public health lawyer and president of Eat Drink Politics, and Nina F. Ichikawa, writer, social justice advocate, and food policy expert. These four women warriors will share their experiences and discuss the need for a more progressive food system agenda.
This three-day interactive food, wellness and social impact event features notable speakers, workshops and vendors in the health, nutrition, lifestyle and social impact space. Its mission is to help people center their minds and improve productivity with inspirational and sustainable practices. As a member of the FTC community, get 2 for 1 tickets with the code “loveyourself2for1”.
Incubated at Food Book Fair in 2013, this three-day social impact summit fosters community and collaboration among farmers, entrepreneurs, consultants and funders to finance a better food system. Food + Enterprise features workshops, panels and discussions with food luminaries like Jennifer Goggin of Farmersweb, Brian Halweil of Edible and Derek Denckla of Slow Money NYC and culminates in a food startup pitch competition on Sunday, March 1. As a member of the FTC community, get $50 off tickets with code “FTC”.
Founded over a decade ago, this three-day event focuses on regional and national issues regarding local and sustainable food systems. Produced by FamilyFarmed.org, the event gives individuals and families the chance to engage with farmers, food businesses and non-profit exhibitors. It also offers a chance to hear from thought leaders about the future of agriculture, and watch chef demos highlighting local food.
This 3-day food hackathon brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and scholars with top tech talent and emerging food leaders to build solutions to major food system challenges. Presented in partnership with The Food Business School, this third annual event focuses on the call to action “Nutrition for All.” The grand prize includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy.
This annual conference brings together local stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to promote innovation and share insights. This year, it has expanded into a two-day conference and includes a comprehensive array of content and more time for attendees to connect and collaborate. The conference will also feature tastings from sustainable wineries and small group dinners.
This annual, one-day TEDx event explores how we can and are shifting the food system through sustainable eating and farming. The event is oversold and is not taking any more applications, but you can sign up to host a viewing party or watch the live webcast on the day of.
This annual conference attracts over 700 organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, press and local food advocates. It offers a full day of trainings, panels and policy discussions focused on propelling the good food movement. The conference will cover 40 topics including food policy issues, approaches to urban ag, food preservation techniques and community-driven food justice.
This is the first international exhibit and conference totally dedicated to the food tech sector. It will bring together innovators, companies and investors who want to revolutionize the way food is produced, distributed and consumed. Potential exhibitors and attendees can learn more here.
The third annual conference will feature two days of presentations and discussions with industry leaders on topics like what chefs what to see from the indoor ag industry and how startups in the space should approach funding. The conference will also feature vendor booths, networking, and drinks.
Founded in 2012, this weekend-long event celebrates the intersection of food culture and food systems. This three-day event will feature over 20 events, over 30 indie food magazines and their makers, over 50 chefs, writers, editors, and publishers, dynamic panel discussions and a whole lot more.
This weekend-long conference aims to ensure that food innovation is used to increase access to healthy, nutritious, sustainable food. The inaugural conference brings together 1,5000 food innovators, entrepreneurs, chefs, executives, food and beverage producers, farmers, technologists, global brands, investors and journalists to explore new ideas, showcase new products and discuss how innovation can help improve the food system.
This creative retreat for leaders in the food community is like summer camp for food nerds. It brings together people from diverse backgrounds for a hands-on weekend of cooking, eating and collaboration. This annual event aims to inspire, rejuvenate and celebrate the joy of food. Learning and sharing takes place formally through workshops and informally around the campfire.
The theme of the american pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 is American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet. It will showcase the United States as a food, culture, science and business innovator and collaborator. Using interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art digital media, the pavilion will highlight American culture, entrepreneurship and products that focus on sustainability, nutrition and health, technology and innovation.