Here’s what Happened at the Austin Forum in February
Thank you to everyone who attended our event at the Central Austin Library and to our speaker Robyn Metcalfe for educating our crowd about food technology advances and how they impact health, privacy, and personal habits.
Congrats to Craig Hancock for the question that won him a SXSW Interactive 2019 badge:
“Handed a magic wand, what is the one problem in the food supply chain you would fix tomorrow?"
And congrats to the additional winner of a SXSW Interactive 2019 badge, David who won the drawing for answering the survey! We love your feedback which helps us with programming and development. Take the 2019 Austin Forum survey now.
Missed the event? Catch up on these:
Top 5 Takeaways
1. Food technology innovations have narrow margins of error. Small changes in production, distribution, and storage make a big impact in the food supply chain.
2. With blockchain, AI, drones, 3-D printing, and other technological and societal advances, now is the time to watch for unintended consequences in human/tech tradeoffs. Food related jobs make up the fastest growing industry being replaced by AI, data & analytics, and other technologies.
3. Big payoffs for optimization and transparency could be offset by loss of personal data control. For example, DNA testing companies can test body chemistry, sensitivities, and needs using DNA, metabolic testing, and more to determine “hero foods" that are optimal for a person's DNA and body chemistry which can result in a longer, healthier life. But this requires sharing personal data. Personal growing systems come with an app that show real time data like water temperature, growth rate, etc, but also may be tracking your habits.
4. The latest tech advances are forcing us to change our attitudes about and relationships with food. New digital tools (apps, blockchain, AI, etc) make it easier to get healthier food and/or more fast food without having to leave the house which can then impact our health. For the most part, people want trusted food and local food, but they want it to be inexpensive and fast which isn't always compatible.
5. We can design our own food future. It will be personalized.
We hope you enjoyed the pre-event cold drinks, light snacks, and cash bar, thanks to our generous sponsors and The Ott Group! Be sure to arrive early for future events to get your adult beverages - self-serve soft drinks and popcorn are available all evening, but the bar closes at 6:15 sharp as a courtesy to our presenters and attendees.
Special thanks to Trifecta on 3rd for another great after-party! Our attendees have shared they enjoy keeping the conversations going after our presentations and networking receptions, so keep an eye on our website for info on future after-parties with food, drinks, and connection.
Join us on March 5, 2019 for Reaching & Engaging Fanatics With Immersive Experiences and the Technology That Delivers Them with Amber Allen of Double A.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
5:15pm — Check-in and refreshments
5:45 pm – Doors open for seating
6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking
8:15pm - Post-event networking at Trifecta on 3rd
We welcome your participation! Please send us your questions, answers, and prognostications in advance.
Admission to the Austin Forum is always free.
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