evokeAG 2024 takeaways: The Exchange

Running in parallel to the two-day evokeAG conference at Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, The Exchange exhibition floor was ‘connect central’.

Along with refuelling stations for food, fruit and freshly brewed coffee, the well-trafficked exhibition floor featured evokeAG’s usual Start-up Alley and, for the first time this year, a Scale-up Station, with several of these spruiking their innovations on the Demo stage.

Ag-tech stakeholders from CSIRO to corporations to regional food clusters and producer groups had a presence here, but Future Food Systems’ distinctive For F***’s Sake banners and transformative agenda proved a big drawcard and attracted an array of potential collaborators.

Future Food Systems’ staff and partners from Sunshine Coast-based agrifood cluster FAN, affiliated manufacturing precinct the Turbine Precinct, Murdoch University, Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia and WA’s Great Southern Truffles manned a Hospitality Suite on The Exchange exhibition floor at evokeAG Perth. Credit: Future Food Systems

The FFS Hospitality Suite

The Future Food Systems Hospitality Suite at The Exchange was a hub of activity over the two days, with government reps, academic experts, PhD students and agrifood innovators dropping by, keen to connect and find out more about how FFS is fast-tracking smart solutions for better, healthier food systems.

In suitably collaborative style, there was room under the For F***’s Sake-banner for several of our partners in the agrifood industry clusters and value-adding space. FFS shared the Suite with Murdoch University, Sunshine-Coast-based agrifood cluster FAN,  Turbine Precinct, Food Innovation Precinct Western Australia (FIPWA), WA premium producer/innovator Great Southern Truffles and Silverplace.

FFS staff, program and project leads, industry partners and members of our Board were on hand to field visitor questions and discuss potential collaborations.

The Suite was a constant buzz of activity throughout the event, with more than 300 visitors over two days giving us hundreds of opportunities us to spread the word about FFS’s scope and successes, and to do what we do best – forging and fostering productive connections.

Lead image: The Future Food Systems-led Hospitality Suite, part of The Exchange exhibition at evokeAG 2024, was a hive of activity, with 300-plus visitors over the two days. Credit: Future Food Systems