Thought For Food (TFF) is the world’s leading platform for Next Generation Innovation and Collaboration to address global food and nutrition security.
Our movement brings together bold, unconventional thinkers and doers from all disciplines and parts of the globe, who are dedicated to developing breakthrough solutions to one of the biggest questions facing our future:
At this year’s TFF Global Summit, we’re going all-in to explore some of the important trends and disruptions affecting #whatsnext in the world. Over the course of two days, you’ll experience inspiring keynotes, interactive Next-Gen Assemblies, energizing connections with fellow changemakers, and inspirational pitches from the the 10 TFF Challenge Finalist Teams.
We're bringing C-suite executives together to disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs; Researchers and students together with leading experts; Creatives together with scientists and investors. Everyone collaborating to address critical areas in transition.
Expect to explore big topics with interdisciplinary approaches and real world impact. Join a keynote on What's Next in the Economy, exploring open sourced business models, debate the role of growing cities in feeding the future, participate in a podcast on vertical farming, or try your hand at biohacking!
A mash up of the best parts of SXSW, WEF and Burning Man, the TFF Global Summit is THE world’s meeting place for up-and-coming food system innovators and established players to share their latest insights and learn from each other in order to transform the future.
|08:30 – 09:30||Registration|
|09:30 – 11:00||
|Welcome & Program Overview|
|What's Next: Innovation|
|What's Next: Economy|
|What's Next: Nature|
|What's Next: Business|
|11:00 – 11:30||
|11:30 – 13:00||What’s Next: TFF|
|Understand the power of next generation innovation. Learn about our revamped TFF Global Challenge & Bootcamp.|
|One Year On|
|Hear updates from last year’s prize winners: with Mandela Nelson, Ihab Boulas, Mush’ab Nursantio and Eric Katz.|
|Introduction to Next-Gen Assemblies|
|Co-create solutions in our unique approach where every speaker is a participant, every participant is a speaker.|
|13:00 – 14:00||
|14:00 – 18:00||
|Exploring the frontiers of food & ag, and the world: Experimental Cities, Women in Agriculture, Opening Business Models, Meatless Meat, Creative Science, Biohacking & more.|
|18:10 – 18:30||Wrap Up & Food Meditation|
|18:30 – 19:00||
|19:00 – 21:30||
|Mix and Mingle, Relax and Rejuvenate|
|09:00 – 09:30||Daybreaker Morning Rave|
|Better than coffee!|
|09:30 – 10:30||
|What’s Next: Leadership|
|Power of the Next Generation|
|10:30 – 11:00||
|11:00 – 12:10||
|5 TFF Global Challenge Finalists|
|12:10 – 13:15||
|13:15 – 14:35||
|5 TFF Global Challenge Finalists|
|14:35 – 15:15||
|15:15 – 16:45||
Pop-up Pitch Room
|10 Additional Next-Gen Startup Pitches|
|15:15 – 16:45||
|Mastering the Art of Lifestyle Hacking, Understanding GIS Tools in Ag Startups, Building your Social Media Presence, 10x Your Growth, Networking the Global Way, Thinking Like a Futurist, Pitching Like a Pro|
|16:45 – 17:15||
|17:15 – 18:20||
Announcing the Prize Winners
|$30,000 up for grabs|
|18:20 – 19:00||
|19:00 – 01:00||
Dinner & Celebration
|Afterparty with TFF Resident DJs Puerto & Maloney|
Meet the innovators, changemakers and big thinkers who will have the tough job of selecting our TFF Challenge prize winners on Day 2 of the TFF Summit. Each will hold a vote for which new venture will best help to feed 9+ billion people by 2050.
Eric is part of the TFF Challenge 2016 winning team Kulisha and is the next generation judge on our panel. He is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Eric is interested in how businesses can incorporate strategies to address social issues into their models, positively impacting both their bottom line and the communities they serve. Following this interest, he co-founded Kulisha, a for-profit social enterprise that is developing sustainable insect-based feed for fish. For this work, Eric was selected as a Forbes Under 30 Scholar. He developed the idea for the venture while working on the Quinault Indian Nation with his co-founder and learning more about the issues facing the animal feed, particularly aquafeed, after working on their salmon hatchery.
Ashley is an Investment Officer with Accion Venture Lab, based in Ghana leading the team’s deal activity and portfolio engagement across West Africa. She has ten years of experience across financial services, investments and social ventures. Ashley has dedicated her time to investing in and scaling social ventures across Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Ashley also brings a wealth of knowledge from her time in the institutional asset management arms of Goldman Sachs and Vanguard and as an entrepreneur in the impact investing space as the Co-Founder of Invest With Impact. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University and a MBA from HEC Paris. She holds social innovation fellowships with the Finance Innovation Lab of London and StartingBloc.
Mark grew up farming in NE Scotland with a mix of dairy, beef and arable (conventional production). He gained greenhouse and organic production experience in Sweden, England and Switzerland (mixed production). Mark was a member of the startup team at UrbanFarmers (Zurich & Basel, 2011). As Managing Director UrbanFarmers Benelux, he secured finance to expand the company internationally and build Europe’s largest commercial urban commercial farm (The Hague, 2015). He is currently Program Director Agritech at Rockstart and is responsible for driving a new vertical accelerator focussed on food and agriculture (Amsterdam, 2017). Mark is a qualified Scottish lawyer and holds an Executive MBA from Rotterdam School of Management.
The Top 10 TFF Challenge Finalists represent cutting-edge innovations in food & ag from university students around the world. Selected from nearly 500 applications from 1000+ universities in 129 countries, these teams are competing for a prize pool totaling more than $30,000 USD.
Using discarded fruits and vegetables to create a dried, nutrient-rich food which can be used in disaster relief situations and as a solid fuel source. Universiti Putra Malaysia
A thermo-dehydrator for vegetables and fruits powered by bio-waste to prolong the shelf-life of produce from two days to two years. Makerere U; Uganda Technical College- Elgon; Kyambogo U
Sustainable, low-cost, natural vanilla production from food waste that can replace chemical flavorings. University of Brawijaya
An information and agro-commerce platform that facilitates direct sales between small farmers and consumers, leveraging open data to analyze market trends. Jorge Tadeo Lozano; Universidad de Los Andes; Universidad Sergio Arboleda
Creating an affordable fertilizer from seaweed for farmers, and using the leftover pulp to make nutritious cookies for malnourished children. Gujarat Technological U; The Institution Of Engineers (INDIA); EPFL (Switzerland)
Combining the power of machine learning and data analytics technologies to predict cattle behaviour and genomic tendencies, with an aim to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of intensively-farmed animals. Colorado State University
A low-cost weather station and online monitoring system that provides targeted recommendations for smallholder farmers in tropical climates. Imperial College London
A floating greenhouse that uses passive solar energy to distill ocean water into freshwater, creating a land, water and energy-neutral form of scaleable urban agriculture. Sterling College; Savannah College of Art & Design; Green Mountain College
A bioparticle that degrades pesticides into safe by-products in a matter of hours, allowing farmers to better control when they harvest crops. University of Virginia
An investment platform enabling collaborative projects between Agribusiness (Agri), Young Investors (Yo) and Landowners (Lo). HEC Paris
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The Netherlands is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world, and is a hub for cutting-edge research, top universities and interesting new startups. Amsterdam's cultural and social life is so varied and extensive - there are world-class museums, restaurants, theatres and concert halls, as well as so many unique cultural experiences. The canals and historic neighbourhoods make for a beautiful, impressive environment to live and work in.
Our venue is the industrial landmark De Kromhouthal, located on the water in one of the city's most creative hotspots.