A new digital innovation hub which will drive the digital transformation of Europe’s Agri-Food sector is reaching out to SME’s, Start Ups, colleges, research organisations, and the farming public to help bring innovative tech solutions for industry problems to market.
Expert staff from the new Precision Agriculture Centre of Excellence (PACE) in Kilkenny say they’re anxious to bring together the researchers, the tech experts, the venture capitalists, farming community, manufacturers and more and stitch together all the various elements, expertise and teams to deliver transformative technology for the sector.
Speaking ahead of her address to the Amplitude www.amplitude.ie conference at five star Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny on Wednesday, November 6, PACE’s Hazel Williams encouraged anyone with a research finding, an innovative tech solution, a prototype or a problem they want solved through technology or firms who have the capacity to bring products to market to approach them at the event and investigate how they might work together.
“A lot of research has already been undertaken, instead of beginning again, lets repurpose what we have done and bring skilled teams together to look at research undertaken or issues that farmers have and develop commercial products or services that have a real impact on the everyday life of a farmer. We can help you get a team together to bring ideas and solutions to market. The best ideas or solutions will come from the farmers themselves, they work in this environment everyday, they know themselves what they need, they may simply not be able to translate that into a technology product, we can help them do this’ she said
While Technology can impact the farmers financial bottom line, PACE believes the real impact will come from simple solutions to everyday problems, making the farmers life easier and therefore affording them time to make critical decisions, and take time out with their families to get clarity of mind on farming matters. If you have an idea, or a a technology that could be translated into the Agri sector, or research that you do not think you can bring to market, we want to hear from you at Amplitude.
The PACE team will also outline what funding streams are available to help bring projects to market. They’re among a group of experts will also outline how enterprises can access funding from National and EU sources and will offer advice on how to submit a winning proposal.
The annual Amplitude event is led by the Technology Transfer Offices of Waterford Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Carlow with the support of EI Technology Gateways and Research Centres. And all the big names in business, in research and in supports from the region will be on hand.
Leading figures from Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, Knowledge Transfer Ireland and the Department of Health will all address the day-long, unmissable Amplitude event which features great speakers, engaging workshops and an unmissable opportunity to network and make new connections.
This year, the conference will focus on four key streams; Design/Manufacturing/Engineering, Smart Energy, Future Health and Precision Agri.
Listen hear to Hazel Williams interview with Matt O’Keeffe on KCLR FM