Friday, September 16 2016 4:30 PM - Saturday, September 17 2016 5:00 PM [EST]

2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210, United States

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Friday, September 16 2016 4:30 PM - Saturday, September 17 2016 5:00 PM [EST]

Agricultural Administration Building, main lobby, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43210, United States.

The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences announces the creation of SmartAg4.0. This event will bring together entrepreneurial-minded students interested in using technology to create the next generation of food systems. SmartAg4.0 will be held September 16-17th in the Agricultural Administration Building on the Ohio State University campus and is open to all Ohio college students.

The Internet of Things is reshaping food systems on a global scale. SmartAg4.0 is an opportunity for students to conceive, create and develop app-based start-up business models in a team environment with the support of business strategists, subject matter experts, thought leaders, and idea people. More simply stated, who will conceive the “Uber” or “airbnb” that reshapes agriculture? Please note, students do not need computer programming skills to participate, but must bring a laptop or other device to work on.

We have identified four domain areas for creating and judging app-based business models:

Food Safety and Security - conditions and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent food-borne illnesses and ensure access to enough food for an active and healthy life style

Production Efficiency - the ratio of agricultural outputs to production system inputs

Sustainability – food and food services provided in ways that do not use resources in excess of replacement levels nor compromising environmental quality

Last Mile - movement of food from producers and processors to the consumer

SmartAg4.0 will unite students, university faculty and staff, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on the Ohio State University campus for a 24-hour period. Multi-disciplinary student teams will self-organize, working from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon to compete for prizes and cash awards. Wireframe app designs and business strategies will be judged on Saturday afternoon by a panel of venture capitalists and business leaders. Additionally, participants will receive door prizes and food throughout the event.

Door prizes to be given away during the event include GoPro cameras, Amazon Echos, and Apple and Garmin smartwatches.  Winners of the first round or “Best Domain Pitch” (four total teams) will receive Amazon gift cards valued at $100 per team member.  Everyone will come together for the final round to select the “Best Overall Pitch.”  This team will receive Amazon gift cards valued $200 per team member.      



SmartAg4.0 - an event for entrepreneurial-minded

students interested in food systems!


 Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 (Day1)


4:30 PM -- 5:00 PM       Registration (Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium)

5:00 PM 5:10 PM     Opening Remarks - Dr.Scott Shearer, Chair, Food, Agricultural andBiologicalEngineering (Introduction to the Event, Agenda, Ground Rules, Door Prizes and Awards)


5:10 PM 5:30 PM          Pitching Your Business Idea - Dr. Shauna Brummet, President and CEO, BioHio Research Park, Ohio State University

5:30 PM5:50 PM           WireframeApp Design – Mr. DanRockwell, Senior Licensing Manager,Technology Commercialization Office, Ohio State University

5:50 PM 6:30 PM           Introduction of Domain Expertsand DomainTopics

·         Presentation on Food Safety and Security

·         Presentation on Production Efficiency

·         Presentation on Sustainability

·         Presentation on LastMile


6.30 PM – 7:30 PM          Evening Meal - Catered by City Barbeque

7:30 PM                               Door Prize Drawing No. 1

7:30 PM9:00 PM           Project Identification andTeam Forming

9:00 PM                               Ideation SessionBegins(Students workin teams!)

10:00 PM                            Door Prize Drawing No. 2

11:00 PM                           Door Prize Drawing No. 3


Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 (Day 2)


12:00 AM                        Door Prize Drawing No. 4

8:00 AM–12:00 PM       Ideation SessionContinues (Teams will interact with domain experts and mentors.)- Agricultural Administration Building Auditorium and CFAES Library and Student Success Center

AM–10:00 AM       Breakfast Buffet - Catered by Bob Evans

9:30 AM                           Door Prize Drawing No. 5

11:00 AM                         Door Prize Drawing No. 6

12:00 PM12:45 PM    Lunch - Catered by Chipotle

1:00 PM 2:15 PM         Team Pitches and Judging by Domain (Round 1)

2:15 PM2:45 PM         Key Note Speaker No. 1 Topic: A Road Map for Starting Software Businesses – Mr. Dale M. Jefferson, President and COO, CropZilla Software, Inc.

2:45 PM3:15 PM         Key Note Speaker No. 2 - Topic: What a Venture Capitalists Looks for in Start-up Businesses – Mr. Wayne Embree, EVP, Investments and Venture Acceleration, Rev1 Ventures

3:15 PM                             Door Prize Drawing No. 7

3:30 PM3:45 PM          Presentation of Awards for “BestPitches” by Domain

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM          Repeated “Best Pitch” Winning Domain Presentations (Round 2)

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM          Presentation of Awards for “Best Overall Pitch

4:30 PM4:40 PM           Recognition of the “BestSmartAg4.0 Pitch” by the audience and Presentation of Awards.  Dr. Shauna Brummet and Mr. Brian Gwin, OARDC, Ohio State University

4:40 PM                              Door Prize Drawing No. 8

4:45 PM                              ClosingRemarks -Dr. Jeff Hattey, Assistant Dean, Collegeof Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio State University


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