Tech Futures Lab partners with The FoodBowl to foster food innovation

Tech Futures Lab and The FoodBowl have partnered up to provide access to practical knowledge and expertise on food technology and innovation through the Master of Applied Practice – Technological Futures.

This initiative complements the recent partnership between Tech Futures Lab and Lincoln Hub to provide an optional agritech focus to candidates enrolled in the November 2017 intake of the programme. Candidates will gain access to a diverse network of industry leaders and first-hand experience in the future of the food and beverage industry.

The agritech focus spans the entire supply chain from farming to exportation.

Advancements in technology are fundamentally changing how New Zealand produces, packages, commercialises and exports food and drink.

FoodBowl is part of the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.

The Auckland-based, commercial-scale pilot plant enables food and beverage companies to develop, test and prove their initiatives.

Jointly owned by Callaghan Innovation and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, the facility is focused on advancing the operations of start-ups and established organisations to develop sustainability and innovation throughout New Zealand.

Through the Master’s programme, candidates will have the opportunity to work with The FoodBowl and its industry partners for four weeks during the immersion phase of the programme.

Sarah Hindle, Tech Futures Lab General Manager, says partnering with The FoodBowl the agritech option of the programme will expose candidates to a variety of topics around the future of food and farming and gain access to industry leaders, enabling them to develop their own ideas and project.

“Our programme has been designed from the ground up to ensure it is flexible, applied and is driven by the individual, whether they are looking to enter a new sector or innovate within their organisation.”

The agritech option of the Tech Futures Lab Master’s programme is available for the November intake. Places are limited and applications close October 30.

The industry-backed programme covers topics including emerging and disruptive technology, new business strategies and how to embed innovation in an organisation.

A special free seminar is being held at Tech Futures Lab tomorrow, focusing on food, beverage and agritech.


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