Close this search box.

We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

In search of innovative tech to transform NZ’s primary sector

The platform of collaborative partners, including New Zealand’s Massey University, is currently scouting for innovative, new projects that will solve the critical problems of farmers and growers.

According to a recent press release, the Rural Innovation Lab (RIL) is supporting farmers and growers to experiment with and drive technology and innovation, with set-up funding available for successful applicants.

Established by a NZ$ 400,000 grant from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, the lab will select three projects for funding, with applications closing on 15 July.

Transforming the primary sector

According to the Chairman, the lab is after bold ideas with the potential to transform the primary sector.

He shared that the world of food and agriculture is facing huge disruption, and people are asking questions about farming into the future.

Some of their questions include:

  1. How can we give consumers visibility and transparency into the value chain?
  2. How can we align community and consumer environmental, social and cultural expectations?
  3. What do new business models look like and how can they build resilience into our future farms?

Sector identifies the burning issues

A series of engagement events with over 100 farmers and growers has already identified the burning issues faced by the sector, and projects are being sought to address these challenges.

Farmers have expressed the pressing issues. These are:

  1. Getting closer to consumers
  2. Creating new business models
  3. Ideas to drive value from regulation and compliance
  4. Access to data for better decision making
  5. Understanding and enhancing the environmental footprint

Successful projects will receive access to a share of a NZ$ 15,000 fund, support for project set-up and oversight, and use of the latest technology of a multinational tech company.

Furthermore, they will have access to partners within the RIL collaborative network and mentoring by a network of leading farmers in the Manawatu/Whanganui region.

Farmers and technologists can work together

The Pro Vice Chancellor of the University’s Business School shared that the Lab is now entering an exciting phase.

By focusing on the ideas with the most potential and operationalising them, the Rural Innovation Lab will show how farmers and technologists can work together.

By the end of the year, there should be three proven projects that will have established mechanisms and processes for bringing together very different people to encourage innovation.

In line with this, the Lab had hosted its first Digital Bootcamp recently in order to prepare the farmers, the growers, and the innovators for the application process.

About the Rural Innovation Lab

It is a platform of collaborative partners supporting farmers and growers to experiment with, up-skill in and drive technology and innovation.

It puts farmers and growers at the centre of the innovation process. The project is funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment through the Provincial Growth Fund, and stakeholders from the Manawatu-Whanganui region.

It is an opportunity for the primary sector to experiment with, and drive, technology and innovation.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.