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Kaipara District hosts digital revolution breakfast

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On Tuesday 26 March 2019 at the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall, guest speakers will be speaking at a Digital Breakfast event which is open to the public. The speakers work within the intersections of agriculture and technology.

Robyn Krock joined Valley Vision (based in Sacramento, California) in 2007 as a project associate and serves as project leader for Food and Ag Economy, 21st Century Workforce, and broadband strategies. Robyn will be discussing how increased access to broadband or other internet enabling technologies in rural communities can further educational, health and profitability of farms. Robyn is well-versed in the community aspects of local food systems, and wrote a thesis titled "Food Access, Ag Sustainability, and Education: Collaborating to Promote a Regional Food System."

Chris Pedersen serves as Vice President of Development and Planning for Connection Nation (United States), an America wide non-profit focused on improving lives through technology. Chris leads development efforts related to initiating community development, workforce, broadband expansion and digital inclusion programmes. While Chris’ background is large and varied he’ll be focusing on how bridging the "digital divide" can help vulnerable populations, improving digital literacy and how public - private partnerships can help communities.

Closer to home, Ashna Khan is a customer manager within Callaghan Innovations Agritech team. Day to day Ashna works with Agritech companies across New Zealand, from those just starting out to multinational corporations looking at productivity, sustainability and safety in food production. Ashna will be discussing some of the work Callaghan does towards making New Zealand a connected, collaborative and globally innovative country, and how technology can assist with that.

Other guest speakers include Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, and Eric Dahlstrom who co-founded SpaceBase, an organisation co-creating a global Space Ecosystem to serve entrepreneurs in emerging space industries - starting in New Zealand.

Kaipara District Councillors Anna Curnow and Libby Jones are thrilled to get some world class speakers to Kaipara as part of the Northland Digital Enablement Group.

Anna Curnow says she’s "really excited about the opportunity to hear about how other parts of the world address issues such as adequate internet access andLara digital inclusion, especially for our rural communities. We don’t often get a chance to speak directly with people with this level of experience. Something not to be missed."

Libby Jones echoes that saying it "is great to have such speakers in Kaipara willing to share their experiences on increasing digital connectedness, which is vital for all aspects of our economy, including agriculture, as well as health, education and building thriving rural communities."

The event is open to the public from 8am at the Northern Wairoa War Memorial Hall. A light breakfast will be served, with a Q and A at the end of each speaker.

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