AgTech Event At Stanford University09/15/2015 - 09/15/2015




Lance Donny Joins AgTech Panel on September 15th

VLAB is pleased to welcome Lance Donny, Founder and CEO of OnFarm Systems, to our stage as part of the AgTech: Sand Hill Bets on Precision Agriculture event. Growing up in a farm family, Donny has deep roots in agriculture. After 20 years of software development, he saw that many farmers were having a hard time using information effectively. With this realization the idea for OnFarm was born. Read more >

Join us on Tuesday, September 15 or a lively discussion about how AgTech startups are changing the future of farming.

Stanford GSB: Cemex Auditorium at the Knight Management Center
Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Last Chance: Get your early-bird tickets now >



Imagine ubiquitous, intelligent robots collectively performing complex tasks. By combining intricate algorithms, defined rules, and continuous sensor data, swarm behavior can emerge. Entrepreneurs are using this collaborative intelligence to develop applications for drone swarms in the air, on land, and by sea. Watch out, Drone Swarms are coming!


Startups are developing applications for shipping, security, search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and agriculture to name a few. Industry experts predict the creation of more than 100,000 new jobs in the U.S. alone. With the market potential estimated at over $82 billion for airborne drones, venture capitalists and corporations are flocking to invest.


What types of new jobs will be created? Will government regulation limit the potential applications for drone swarms? Which applications will emerge the fastest?

Stay tuned to learn more about how drone swarms will change our world. Tickets will be available on our event page, soon.

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Future User Interfaces

September 9

Rachel Metz from MIT Technology Review, explores topics that range from robots and VR in film to future user experience. Special guests Dav Rauch, Creative Resident at IDEO and Victor Ng-Thow-Hing, Principal Engineer at Magic Leap  will share their personal insights.

Creating Behavior Change with Robots
October 13

Can robots change human behavior? Take a look at human-robot interaction for behavior modification with Dr. Cory Kidd, founder and CEO of Catalia Health and  Dan Knudsen and Leo Trottier, founders of Cleverpet.



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