Seeking Twelve Innovative AI, Blockchain or IOT Solutions for Agriculture

IEEE is seeking technologists to "wow" the agriculture industry with Lightning Round Sessions at the upcoming forum on 28-29 November in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you have a POC or solution using IoT, artificial intelligence or blockchain that will help optimize and secure the agricultural value chain while enhancing consumer safety and knowledge about the food they eat, then please submit your idea to Maria Palombini at

See Lightning Round session details below.


Optimizing and securing the “Food-Chain” from ground to table

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Should I Eat That? Can Blockchain Answer the Question?

We eat to live. And what we eat is vital to our survival. When it comes to fresh produce and meat, there are many factors that can impact the safety, security and optimization of the food value chain, including:

  • food and seed contamination
  • disease outbreaks in livestock, manufacturing and processing
  • climate change impact on soil and irrigation
  • inaccurate temperature tracking, handling and shipping of products
  • limited financial and commercial resources for smaller farmers and retailers to further or invest in production
  • widespread food recalls
  • “unprotected and uninformed” consumers


Food for Thought: Providing the ability for a consumer to verify the origins of their food is not only good customer service but could mean the difference in life or death during food recalls.


Getting food from the ground to the table is a multi-phase, complex process riddled with risks that make both consumers and entities vulnerable. Is there was a way to effectively track and trace the food supply chain from the seed to the final product, offer more revenue opportunities, and--most importantly--inform and better protect the consumer?

Blockchain for the agriculture value chain could be the answer and it is critical for us to explore its viability.


Lightning Round Session Format

Presentations are limited to 15 minutes.
Your presentation should serve as an overview of a POC or solution that proposes a use for IoT, artificial intelligence (AI) or blockchain in the agricultural value chain.
Presentations should be business technical in nature and focus on the application and solution.

Submission Guidelines
There is no fee to participate. We are accepting twelve submissions based on relevancy and a first-come basis.

Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, 21 November 2018. (Proposals received after this date may be considered if there is still space available for participation.)
Your submission must include a one-page (maximum) synopsis on the POC application and the challenge it is trying to solve within the agriculture industry. If you have design graphics and whitepapers on your application, please include them in your submission. Presenters will be notified of acceptance within 48 hours. Accepted submissions will include full complimentary registration to the forum.

Send your submission to Maria Palombini, the forum project leader, at