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Blockchain for Agriculture Forum
28-29 November – East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii


Subject to Change

DAY 1: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

This agenda may feature inclusions of the last minute.

Time Session Name
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast & Registration
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
John Johnson, Co-Chair, IEEE Blockchain Initiative; Program Advisor Blockchain for Agriculture Forum
9:00 AM – 9:40 AM On the Right Track to Securing the Food Supply Chain with Blockchain

Douglas Shinsato, Member, University of Hawaii Board of Regents;
Founding/Emeritus Co-Editor-in-Chief of Telehealth and Medicine Today;
Founding/Emeritus Editor-in-Chief of Blockchain in Healthcare Today
9:45 AM – 10:25 AM Trust Truth and Transparency: Realistic Food Supply Chain Implementations
Trust, truth and transparency are key concepts of blockchain, with specific meanings in the context of supply chain. Realistic approaches to blockchain implementation should consider the impact on all parts of the value chain, and the longstanding implications of permanent ledgers. Through his experience implementing the Blockchain of Tomatoes, Nathan will address highlight challenges to blockchain implementation, including data collection, validation and sharing.

Nathan Jin
Founder, Ivy Food Tech
10:25 AM – 10:45 AM TECH BREAK
10:45 AM – 11:25 AM AgriBlockchain Case Study
From Go-Go Chicken to Agricultural Ecosystem - powered by blockchain and IoT

With the growing attention on food safety issues in China, Opentrust was founded to offer a solution by using blockchain, IoT and other technologies. It starts with a project called Go-Go chicken, which not only guarantees consumers a free-range chicken, but also promotes all related fields such as finance and tourism. In fact, Opentrust also applies such solution on other agricultural products such as cattle, sheep, and tea. Its mission is to upgrade the ecosystem of the agricultural industry with the power of technology.

William Wang, Co-Founder & COO, Opentrust; University of Bristol
11:25 AM – 12:30 PM Technology in Action: Lightning Round Sessions
Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present followed by audience Q&A

Session 1: Preventing Food Loss with a Block Chain Enabled Supply Chain
Presenter: Mohan Satyaranjan, SM IEEE

Session 2: Blockchain, the Weather and Grower Impact
Presenter: Daniel Han, Managing Director, Bloomsky

Open Q&A from the Audience
1:15 PM – 1:55 PM The Impact of Blockchain Hype vs. Reality for Agriculture
Dr. Richard Brooks, Professor, Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University
1:55 PM – 2:35 PM What’s in the DLT that can be used on the Ground with Autonomous Vehicles through to the Table (Food Supply Chain)?
Richard Yu, PhD, PEng, FIET, FIEEE, Professor, School of Information Technology, Depart. Systems & Computer Engineering (cross-appointment), Carleton University; Chair, IEEE P2418.3 Standards Working Group (DLT for Agriculture)
2:35 PM – 3:15 PM Smart Contracts for the Food Supply Chain
Speaker: Houman Shoudab, Co-Director, the Accord Project; Co-Founder,
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Tech Break
3:30 PM – 4:10 PM The Integration of IoTs, Blockchain and Autonomous into Smart Farming
o Axel Hollanda, VP Engineering, SmartYields
o Isar Mostafanezhad, Co-Founder and Advisor, SmartYields
4:10 PM – 4:50 PM Open Session
4:50 PM – 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Maria Palombini, IEEE-SA
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Get Together Networking Reception


DAY 2: Thursday, 29 November 2018

The final stretch...

Time Session Name
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Remarks – Open Session Working Group Plan
Maria Palombini, IEEE-SA
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Technology in Action: Lightning Round Session 1
(4) 10-minute Presentations from Rising Stars in AI, IoT and with/our Blockchain for the Agriculture Value Chain
Open Q&A from the Audience
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Working Groups: Designing the Path to Integration

WG1: Technology Innovations & Needed Standards from the Pipeline of Young Professionals in AI, IoT Blockchain – Innovating Agriculture

WG2: Smart Contracts for Digitization of Food Supply Chain

WG3: Onboarding Farmers to Blockchain
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Report Out Working Groups
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
Maria Palombini, IEEE-SA


Program Advisors

  • Jason Rupe, Principle Architect, CableLabs; Co-Chair, IEEE Blockchain Initiative
  • Houman Shadab, Co-Director, Accord Project
  • Axel Hollanda, Technology Manager, Smart Yields
  • Isar Mostafanezhad, Co-Founder, Smart Yields


Who Should Attend this Forum?

Anyone with an interest in optimizing and securing the agri-business value chain including but not limited to Tech Developers, Business Managers, Researchers and Digital Innovation and Supply Chain Directors with interests in the following areas:

  • AgriBusiness company (Multi-national)
  • AgriBusiness company (Smaller Scale)
  • Cooperative farm holders (Big Farm)
  • Farmers
  • Financial Services – Banks, investment, insurance, financing/lending, etc.
  • Large/Retailers of agriculture products
  • Wholesalers and large distributors of agricultural products
  • Agri-chemical/ingredient companies
  • Ministries & departments of agriculture: US state, national, international
  • Non-Government Organization (NGO)/advocacy groups
  • Non-profit associations/alliances/consortia
  • Robotics manufacturers focusing on farming applications
  • Blockchain/DLT solution provider focusing on agriculture applications
  • Developer of other smart farming or predictive analytics technologies
  • Developers of manufacturing of agricultural machines/technologies
  • IoT developer focus in smart farming and/or supply/cold chain logistics
  • Logistics providers for agricultural applications
  • Academia – full-time student/professor
  • Agricultural research agencies


IEEE Blockchain on Slack

Join Us on IEEE Blockchain Slack #AgriForum Channel
Engage, Collaborate and Create Outcomes

The purpose of this Forum is more than just an educational experience; it is designed to bring together progressive thinkers and experts to learn, collaborate and deliver outcomes. Together, we will deconstruct the barriers to blockchain adoption in this agri-business industry and identify solutions through the creation of working groups comprised of motivated individuals who want to see the technology adopted.


There is a 3-phase approach to your participation:
Phase 1: Engage before the Forum via IEEE Blockchain SLACK #agriforum channel
Phase 2: Collaborate during the Forum in open discussion sessions and working group meetings
Phase 3: Create Outcomes from the discussions and learning through recommendations for technical standards, certifications or industry guidance