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FOOD LOVES TECH 2018

Panel Schedule and Lineup

The complete panel lineup is still in the works and we’re updating this page daily. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more!

Friday, November 2

10:25 a.m. Opening remarks
Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor-in-chief, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn

10:30 a.m. What’s the Future of Urban Agriculture?
Moderator: Lisa Held, freelance journalist and host of The Farm Report
Panelists:
Rafael Espinal, Council Member for the 37th District of the New York City Council
Aziz Dehkan, executive director, New York City Community Garden Coalition
Onika Abraham, director, Farm School NYC
Yemi Amu, founder and farm manager, Oko Farms
Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO, Gotham Greens
Henry Gordon-Smith, founder and managing director, Agritecture Consulting

11:30 a.m. What Food Innovations Can Improve Our Health?
Moderator: Brian Halweil, editor at large, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Long Island, Edible East End
Panelists:
Amelia Winslow, director of project management, Health-Ade Kombucha
Dr. Robert Graham, founder, Fresh Med NYC
Riana Lynn, co-founder, Journey Foods
Michael Anthony, executive chef, Gramercy Tavern
Kate Kollmann, organic grain buyer, Cascadian Farm

12:30 p.m. CRISPR, GMO, or No: Genetics’ Role in the Food Supply
Moderator: 
Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor-in-chief, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn
Panelists:
Urvashi Rangan, chief science advisor, GRACE Communications
Suzanne Cupps, executive chef, Untitled
Sam Kass, food entrepreneur and former White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition; founder of Trove and venture partner in Acre Venture Partners
Jason Grauer, crop production manager, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

1:30 p.m. What’s Sustainable Seafood and How Do We Know?
Moderator:
Joe Fassler, features editor, New Food Economy
Panelists:
Julie Qiu, marketing director, Australis Aquaculture
Mike Meeker, COO, Manna Fish Farms Inc.
Gabe Andrews, sustainable seafood program director, The Safina Center
Julianna Fischer, community organizer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Doug Bush, managing member/GM, The Cultured Abalone
Michael Chernow, owner, Seamore’s

2:30 p.m. How Should We Grow Food for the Future?
Moderator: Kate Cox, editor, New Food Economy
Panelists:

Rachel Stroer, chief strategy officer, The Land Institute
Andrea Egan, United Nations Development Programme

Jack Algiere, farm director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Sean Lenihan, founder, Honest Bison
Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO, AeroFarms
Tobias Peggs, CEO, Square Roots

3:30 p.m. Will Grocery Stores Go Extinct?
Moderator: Chloe Sorvino, reporter, Forbes
Panelists:
Ben Turley, co-owner, The Meat Hook
Cheryl Clements, founder and CEO, PieShell
Lauren Yarmuth, director, IDEO
Chris Manca, local program coordinator (director) for the northeast region at Whole Foods Market
Lela Chapman, sales and partnership manager, Greenmarket Co., a program of GrowNYC

4:00-4:15 p.m. Closing remarks
Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

Saturday, November 3

10:25 a.m. Opening remarks
Ariel Lauren Wilson, editor-in-chief, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn

10:30 a.m. Next-gen Agtech and Foodtech
Moderator: 
Jennifer Goggin, partner, Startle Innovation
Panelists:
Jason Green, founder and CEO, Edenworks
Daniel Beckmann, co-founder, Foodshed.io
Deepak Sekar, founder and CEO, Chowbotics
Shen Tong, founder, FutureFoodCo
Maggie Coblentz, space exploration initiative, MIT Media Lab
Kim Huskey, food services program manager, Google

11:30 a.m. Preventing Food Waste Before It Starts
Moderator: 
Dani Nierenberg, president, Food Tank
Panelists:
Thomas McQuillan, VP of strategy, culture, and sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods
Adam Kaye, co-founder, Spare Food Co.
Elizabeth Balkan, director of food waste initiatives, Natural Resources Defense Council
Matt Jozwiak, founder and executive director, Rethink Food NYC Inc.
Uwe Voss, COO, HelloFresh
Rob Laing, founder and CEO, Farm.One

12:30 p.m. What Can Tech Do for Restaurants?
Moderator:
Stefanie Tuder, senior editor, Eater
Panelists:
Jake Levine, product manager, Square for Restaurants
Naama Tamir, owner, Lighthouse
Jennifer Farah, founder and CEO, SproutsIO

Ben Schneider, owner and partner, Insa and The Good Fork
Deepti Sharma, founder and CEO, FoodtoEat
Ayr Muir, founder and CEO, Clover Food Lab

1:30 p.m. Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg (president, Food Tank) joins Regina Northouse (executive director, Food Recovery Network) for a one-on-one conversation on how to nourish the planet and live taping of the “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg” podcast.

2:00 p.m. Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg
(president, Food Tank) joins Dr. David L. Katz (MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM) for a one-on-one conversation on how to nourish the planet and live taping of the “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg” podcast.

2:30 p.m. How Can Technology Make Us Better Home Cooks?
Moderator: Brian Halweil, editor at large, Edible Manhattan, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Long Island, Edible East End

Panelists:
Shawn Stover, VP of Smart Home Soluntions, GE Appliances
Kang Kuan, executive chef, Tyson
Tyler Florence, chief food innovation officer, Innit
Cam MacKugler, founder and CEO, Seedsheet
Bahubali Shete, CEO, Klove Chef

3:30 p.m. How and What Will We Drink in the Future?
Moderator: Mandy Naglich, writer, Certified Cicerone, and Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn social media editor
Panelists:
Eboni Major, whiskey blender, Bulleit Bourbon
Mike Messersmith, US general manager, Oatly
Brian Stewart, brand ambassador, Belvedere Vodka
Kara Cohen, co-founder, Dripkit Coffee
Annie Bystryn, founder and president, Cider in Love
Keli Rivers, brand ambassador, Sipsmith Gin