Annual Conference

Join Us Next Week in San Diego!

By Susan Ruland, AgGateway Communications Director

There is still time to join us in San Diego for the AgGateway Annual Conference, Nov. 6-9 at the beautiful Hilton Resort & Spa. Highlights of this year’s conference include the “Think Like A Startup” pre-conference workshop, the “Seed Quick Connect” half-day session, and our featured speakers, Chase Sowden, Marc Bolick, and Larkin Martin! View the Annual Conference webpage for more information.

Another highlight this year is the Emerging Technologies Forum, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 3:30-5:00 pm. Hosted by the Allied Providers Council, this is the place to hear about new (or newly adopted) technologies and their potential impact in agriculture. This year’s topic will cover Big Data, and the technologies coming into place that allow for its consumption and use. Here’s a description of the session:

Companies are increasingly looking to extract value from large datasets, many of which are on the web. We want cost-effective ways of improving decision-making, sharing data across different ecosystems, better aligning with partners, and leveraging existing investments in data. There are standards for structuring and annotating big data in ways that make all of this possible. This session introduces these standards for semantic technologies, and the value they can bring to AgGateway members. Dean Allemang, also known as “The Working Ontologist,” and consultant for several of our members, will share his thoughts on the state of web-based information exchange standards and formats and the ways in which these standards are beginning to impact agriculture. This session is a must for anyone who wants to understand how semantic web technologies differ from tools currently used in the supply chain and why organizations should invest in restructured applications to derive more value from their data.

See you next week in San Diego!