Blinc’s first outing a big success

by Mike Isle

Lincoln University was chosen as the site of one of the headline events of this year’s national Techweek, with more than 250 scientists, researchers, farmers, food growers and agricultural specialists meeting to discuss the future of agrifood in New Zealand.

The Naturetech one-day seminar was the first and, so far, the biggest event of its type organised by the newly-named Blinc Innovation — formerly Lincoln Hub, and Blinc chief executive, Toni Laming, says she is delighted with the response.

“Naturetech became the biggest Techweek event in Canterbury and one of the largest across the national Techweek calendar, reflecting how important the topic is for our region.

“Lincoln is the heart of agrifood innovation. We have one of the highest concentrations of agrifood technology and environmental scientists and researchers in the Southern Hemisphere,” Ms Laming said. 

“What was exciting for us at Naturetech was the wide section of people attending the event and making new connections. We had individuals working in technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, farm systems and food development — all working toward creating a better world.

“That is why we formed Blinc. Blinc becomes the mechanism to facilitate collaborative innovation among these individuals and organisations and to support these coalitions and their outcomes. 

“Blinc is about creating these connections and providing the opportunity to gain insights into what we need to consider.”

Ms Laming says Naturetech is just the first of many events Blinc will organise throughout the year. Others include the Innovation Breakfast Seminar series.

Details of these and other Blinc events can be found on the organisation’s website: incinnovation.com.