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Humans, Machines & Ecosystems

Building resilient global food security requires us to navigate a complex net of interactions between the biosphere, economy, technology, and society. Machines and machine-to-machine systems shape and accelerate our social and economic lives, even as climates and ecosystems may seem destined to continue on a tragic path. Our ethical frameworks, our human communities, and our institutions struggle to stay abreast the rate of change. We can no longer consider distinct facets of food security in isolation; we need holistic solutions.

There are good and growing insights about how humanity can live within the natural, biological, and climatic boundaries of the planet. New models are emerging for managing ethics and multi-stakeholder coordination and action. Data and digital technologies are demonstrating the agility, precision, and potential to yield the insights we need to manage this complexity effectively.

To claim these potential solutions we need trust: in institutions, in firms, in dynamic and expanding human communities, and in the technologies themselves that can help us build the future.

Our 2017 convention, our inaugural year, was about forming the right partnerships and alliances. In 2018 we focused on the data mobilization and interoperability needed to build an effective data ecosystem. This year’s Convention will be hosted by The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and held at their campus in Hyderabad, India during 16-18 October.

We hope you will join us to bring these efforts together in pursuit of holistic solutions to feed the future – byte by byte.


The Platform is led by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Previous conventions


We are expecting up to 500 members of the scientific community and digital agriculture practitioners to join us in Hyderabad to participate in an exciting round of sessions, dynamic discussion groups, an interactive innovation bazaar, and our Inspire Challenge awards night. We are also offering a unique opportunity for industry experts to host their own Q&A session on key topics in their area of expertise. For those who cannot attend in person, we will be streaming the event live online.


We are expecting over 60 speakers and industry experts during up to 50 sessions over the course of three days.

We are structured the program to be dynamic and interactive, hosting, in addition to structured panel sessions, deep-dive breakout sessions and intimate Q&A’s where you will have direct access to get your burning questions answered by experts who are leaders in their field.

Like last year, will be closing the event with a bang by announcing the winners of the 2019 Inspire Challenge in a special awards ceremony.


60+ Industry expert speakers


Innovations bazaar


Q&A with industry experts


50+ Structured sessions


Inspire Challenge awards ceremony


Fun networking opportunities


Learn from the best

Learn from leading industry experts and scientists, from across the globe, as they discuss current issues and cutting-edge solutions and share their knowledge and expertise.

Expand your network

We are focused on getting people together to connect thought leaders and change-makers in the technology and agriculture world to catalyze impactful new partnerships

Industry Insight

The themes and topics discussed and the innovations presented, are at the frontier of the agricultural transformation. This is your chance to get ahead of the curve and participate in the conversations that will help shape the future of digital agriculture.



Don’t take our word for it – see what our previous conventions attendees had to say.

“Not only was the kick-off very refreshing, the whole convention was packed with nice inspiring surprises. The crowd truly reflected the agricultural ecosystem, very international, all ages, different backgrounds and full of commitment to make sense out of data for better food.”

Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt

Founder, The Fork

“We have CGIAR centers and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, for-profit companies like Amazon and IBM, bringing together a diverse community of practitioners using ICTs to fundamentally transform industries. I think this is a first for agriculture.”

Ram Dhulipala

Strategy & Operations Officer, ICRISAT Innovation Hub (iHub)

“The convention offered a glimpse into the huge potential of unlocking our databanks to develop user-friendly technologies capable of driving food system transformation. Big data is at the heart of the future and the transformation of outcome delivery.”

Barbara Wells

Director General, International Potato Center

“The convention is focused on getting people together and opening the conversation. It is a great opportunity to get the big data in agriculture revolution really moving.”

Elwyn Grainger-Jones

Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization