Opportunity for young leaders

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If you are a young Australian or New Zealander with an informed opinion about shaping the agriculture sector, and aren’t afraid of a microphone, this might be the opportunity for you.

Applications have opened for the evokeAG 2020 Future Young Leaders’ program, which aims to showcase the brightest thoughts, inventions and solutions across the agrifood industry.

Eight positions are up for grabs, with successful applicants awarded tickets to the evokeAG conference in Melbourne next February, where they can address hundreds and speak about their passion and research relating to one of the event themes — food, farm, future.

Winners will receive return economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers, a delegate pass to evokeAG and a five-minute presentation opportunity.

To be considered, applicants must upload a short video addressing why they should be selected as a voice of the future at evokeAG.

Sydney University food and agribusiness student Matthew Nevison spoke at last year’s event, choosing a unique topic.

“I spoke about the opportunity for Australian native species in driving alternative on-farm investment,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to present my ideas to a room full of people who have the power to drive this change.”

Speaking at last year’s event led to a job for University of Queensland sustainable agriculture student Emma Moss, who was headhunted by Hummingbird Technologies founders Will Wells and Jake Willis Fleming.

She now provides advice to the team “on how their technologies will be received by producers”.

“EvokeAG is a solutions-focused event, and even better, you get an international perspective,” Ms Moss said.

EvokeAg is Australia’s largest agrifood tech event which was held for the first time last February, and is co-ordinated by AgriFutures.

Next year’s event will be held on February 18-19 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne.

To apply, visit the evokeAG 202 website.

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