July 23-26: The 2018 TFF Academy
A brand-new experience
Ready to uproot the status quo and make the world a better place? Save your spot at the TFF Academy!
Sharpen your tech skills, gain leadership experience, work on real “capstone” projects and so much more!
This July, we invite you to take part in the TFF Academy, an immersive, educational experience for next-generation changemakers from around the world.
At our 2018 TFF Academy, we will bring together a diverse group of entrepreneurs, academics and industry leaders to create a learning experience to the extreme. You’ll dive into #whatsnext in food and agriculture, sharpen your leadership skills and business acumen, understand the latest technologies and business models shaping the future, and polish your pitch techniques.
Together with industry leaders and design thinking experts, you’ll also have the chance work on a real “capstone” project that solves a major problem facing our food system – all while having the time of your life.
Each day, you’ll take part in inspirational plenary keynotes, explorative specialization tracks, practical skill-building master classes, and real consulting projects.
Check this page daily for the most recent reveals about our TFF teachers, speakers and program or head over to our blog for more detailed stories.
Expert in Human Development and Storytelling. Founder of Oratory Glory and author of her debut book 'Tell Me About Yourself'.
David LiBrick by BRIC: DIY Innovation in Emerging Economies
Co-founder of Maker Collider and Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.
Gabriela AgustiniEntrepreneurship the Millennial Way
Founder and Executive Director of Olabi, a Brazilian social organization focused on encouraging the use of new (and old) technologies for social change.
Michael KockOpen IP Models for Open Innovation
Open IP Pioneer, Strategy Consultant and renowned author and speaker on innovation enablement.
Megan WillisDo's and Don'ts of Fundraising
Social impact and sustainability professional working with Indigo Ag. She spent over a decade in international development: as a US Peace Corps Volunteer, at Chemonics International and USAID.
Felipe VillelaHow to Restore Nature through Agroforestry
Co-Founder of reNature and expert in agroforestry systems.
Marco de BoerHow to restore nature through Agroforestry
Expert in marketing communications / advertising and Co-Founder of reNature Foundation.
Abi RamananHow can we make our food system more transparent?
CEO of ImpactVision and social entrepreneur tackling a range of issues from migrant employment to food waste and child hunger. TEDx speaker and World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Caroline SteiblinExploring Nutrition's Complexities & Impact Investment
Expert physics and economics research - with a passion for helping businesses do well by doing good.
Prof. Bruno BassoSoil, Plant, Atmosphere and Planetary Perspectives on our Agroecosystems
University Foundation Professor at Michigan State University, Co-Founder of CiBO Technologies and internationally recognized agricultural systems scientist.
Brittany DahlBig Data and GIS
GIS consultant passionate in technological projects that connect communities with sustainable choices.
David TrayfordPitch Training
Communication specialist, startup coach, mentor, trainer and global speaker on future skills and education strategy.
Haitao YuScaling-up Rural and Community-Driven Entrepreneurship
Sustainability activist and world-traveler: from China, France, the US to Cambodia, Canada and more.
Maeva DangSmart Ag for Smart Cities
Maeva is a civil engineer and researcher at the TU Vienna and the UniRio, passionate about urban agriculture.
Henry Gordon-SmithSmart Ag for Smart Cities
Founder and Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting and global thought leader in vertical farming.
John CumbersFrontiers of Synthetic Biology
Founder and CEO of SynBioBeta and senior consultant to leading companies and investors for over a decade.
Richard HylerstedtDesign Thinking
Interdisciplinary designer and facilitator. He is on a mission to change the public sector, currently as Lead Service Design Coach for the City of Helsingborg.
Matt FoleyBoots on the Ground
Rising Venture Development Fund Analyst and Co-Founder of FarmAfield.
Brennan CostelloBoots on the Ground
Startup Coach and Business Relation Officer at the University of Nebraska. Co-Founder of FarmAfield.
Gemma MilneDeep Science
Gemma Milne is a freelance journalist, deep science consultant and co-host of Science:Disrupt – a podcast covering science, tech, culture and politics.
Peter BickertonSlam Poetry
Peter is a science communicator, poet, and writer. In his day job, he writes about science for the Earlham Institute as Science Communications Manager.
Pedro L. RodriguezSocial Media
VP, Business Growth, Digital Marketing & Transformation at Horizon Media Inc. and rewarded blogger for the HuffingtonPost with focus on emerging social and digital trends.
Peleg ChevionMoving to Food Industry 4.0: decentralized, cost effective and democratized food production
As the Chief Commercial Officer of Blendhub, Peleg is leading the global deployment of the world’s first distributed production platform for powder based food.
Mush’ab NursantioNew Foods: Explore the new Science
Award-winning entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CEO of Biteback.
Mashita FajriNew Foods: Explore the new Science
Co-founder of EconoodlE. Expert in Food Security and Environmental Health.
Dr. Klaus KraemerExploring Nutrition's Complexities
Managing Director of the Sight and Life Foundation and Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Srujith LingalaExploring Nutrition's Complexities
Manager Technology and Entrepreneurship at Sight and Life. His projects span Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, India and Indonesia.
Dr. Mike GouldCreate, Innovate, Invent
An inspiring leader, scientist, change-agent and disruptor. He developed and led innovative R&D programs in fields ranging from biotech to complexity science to vertical farming.
Steven WallCapstone Project: New Solutions for Smallholder Farmers
Steven is a senior leader at Syngenta where he is developing and implementing strategies for new technologies that incorporate evolving regulatory, safety, political and societal perspectives.
Joe FletcherCapstone Project: New Solutions for Smallholder Farmers
Joe Fletcher is a co-founder and Executive Creative Director at Raft. He has 15+ years experience in corporate design management and consulting.
Karla Rascon-GarciaImpact Investment
Kirchner Food Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis.
Adrian Garcia-CasarrubiasImpact Investment
Kirchner Food Fellow and Plant Biotechnology Ph.D. candidate at CINVESTAV-IPN in San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.
Alfredo Costilla-ReyesImpact Investment
Kirchner Food Fellow, Mexico National Youth Award and Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
July 23-26: The 2018 tff academy
A brand-new experience
Ready to gain invaluable practical experience and contacts that will propel your career and future? Save your spot at the TFF Academy today!
Let’s unleash the power of Multispectral Thinking!
The theme for this year’s TFF Academy and Summit is all about TFF’s unique approach to solving global challenges through Multispectral Thinking.
Multispectral imaging allows us to see beyond what is possible with the naked eye. Inspired by this important technology, we are TFF are seeking to uncover the hidden layers of innovation, the color spectrum of opportunities, and the infinite possibilities of imagination for our future food system.
The TFF Academy takes place on July 23-26, 2018.
This year, we are heading to the upbeat city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Who can attend?
The 2018 TFF Academy is specially-designed as an immersive, educational experience for next-generation changemakers from around the world. Space is limited, so apply today to take part!
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