Tips on how to change policy, garner public opinion, and create effective innovation from President Barack Obama

Last week we had the honor of hearing former President Barack Obama speak at the Seeds & Chips Food Tech Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy. He discussed life after presidency, his views about climate change, his plans for the future, and he stressed his confidence in the private sector in the United States, to continue to make inroads in clean energy.

The entire discussion was enriching and meaningful, however his insights, advice and tips from a policymaker’s perspective for food and agricultural startups and companies, is priceless for the people working in the industry. Obama was able to provide wise words from his experience as a community organizer and politician, about how innovative companies can get their voices heard, make their cases and ultimately effectively change our food systems. Here are some of the key takeaways:

Seeds & Chips Global Food Innovation Summit

 May 8-11

May will see one of the biggest food and ag-tech events around the world. With a special appearance by former President Barack Obama and over one hundred panelists and speakers that are prominent global entrepreneurs, investors and executive, the Seeds & Chips global food summit will be instrumental in disrupting the food tech sector, by forging new ideas, creating networks and empowering the industry. Learn more.


TAU Innovation Conference 

May 7-9

Tel Aviv University merges tech industries across all sectors by brining entrepreneurs, industry personal , diplomats, investors and communities to foster learning, education, investment and networking. The two day event features speakers from companies such as Youtube, Yelp and Prezi to share insights on their industry and discuss the future of technology. Learn more.

With the development of Saas Systems today we are able to monitor farmers, farms, soil, plant activity and water levels in order to understand agricultural systems in a way that we were never able to before. With the use of wireless sensors, we are able to gather data and analyze this data, in order to discover patterns that will allow farmers to make more educated decisions that will increase the output and ultimate grow a better product.

What agronomist are coining as the “third wave agricultural movement,” is  the successor of the “industrial farming” movement that relied heavily on technology and the “green revolution” that depended on pesticides and chemical fertilizers as solutions to preventing plant disease and massively increasing yields. The third revolution, coined as the “big data revolution,” focuses on gathering information from multiple farming practices, in order to create algorithms that can be utilized by different farms to create a crop yield that is both fruitful and sustainable. With this knowledge and information, farmers will be able to better predict activity in the farm and utilize methods that are not only better for their crops, but more environmentally sound.

Over the course of the last 20 years, Israel has steadily built both a culture that is driven toward technology and ingenuity. So much has technological advancements characterized the culture and economy of Israel, that it has become commonly known as Silicon Wadi where recently Israel earned the number 10 spot in Bloomberg’s Innovation Index.

Although technological advancements have modernized industries ranging from security to transportation, there is one specific field that Israel has continuously grown in: food and agricultural technology. According to Bank Leumi’s research in the industry, “Approximately $90m has been invested annually on average over the past few years in R&D, making Israel a world leader in allocation of funds for R&D in the agritech sector.” It is with this spirit and mindset, that Israel has forged a way to creating innovative and sustainable solutions to some of our greatest food dilemmas.

Here are 5 modern Israeli foodtech startups that are contributing to the foodtech industry and changing our food systems:

Future Food Summit San Francisco: March 29-30th

The first Future Food Tech San Francisco Summit will bring together investors, startups and technology companies and food manufacturers to discuss the future of food and how food tech can contribute to alleviating some of our greatest food dilemmas. This is an opportunity for food tech innovators from around the world to gather, discuss, learn and share.


Israel Dealmakers Summit: March 28-March 30

The Israel Dealmakers Summit is the largest event of its kind, brining more than 1,000 global corporations, investors, dealmakers and entrepreneurs from around the world together to provide an opportunity to network, gain exposure and insights from top business professionals. Speakers this year include: John Cisco, Executive Chairman of Cisco, Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Ventures and Yifat Oron, CEO of LeumiTech.