Do you have an idea for the next great agricultural or ag-tech product or service? Looking for ways to reliably convert ideas and concepts into products or services that meet real market needs?

The Bootcamp is a two-day workshop created to provide inventors and visionaries, product managers, and functional specialists in service teams with the tools to build business cases, prototype and validate their ideas and convert these into products or services. Ag Innovations Bootcamp is brought to you by Rezare Systems and the New Zealand National Fieldays Society Inc. Over the two days you will:

  • Hear the experiences and war stories of other product managers
  • Learn how to map out your product’s business case
  • Discover how to apply design methods to interview users, prototype your product or service, and validate it with customers
  • Build a network of peers who are solving similar challenges, and people who can help

Who should attend?

You will get the most value out of this event if you are working in product management in agriculture or ag-tech, or if have an idea for an agricultural-sector product or service.

  • Sole proprietors
  • Start-up Entrepreneurs
  • Ag-Tech and equipment supplies companies
  • Established agribusinesses seeking product, service, or relationship innovation

Come with an open mind to learn, apply, and network with others. You may find greater value to nominate two people from your business to attend, so they can discuss and refine ideas together.
Concerned about sharing your idea or intellectual property? You’ll be able to choose a “proxy” idea or project for use in group activities so you can learn techniques without sharing your actual business plan.

Event Overview

Wednesday 5th December 2018

10:00 Arrive and register at Mystery Creek, Hamilton
10:30 Keynote speaker and case studies
12:40 Networking lunch
13:30 Building your business case and lean canvas
15:20 Design Thinking 1 – understanding your customers
18:20 Evening BBQ dinner and networking

Thursday 6th December 2018

07:40 Shared breakfast
08:10 Case study
08:50 Design Thinking 2 – ideation and prototyping
12:20 Working lunch
13:15 Design Thinking 3 – validate your ideas
14:30 Review learnings and next steps
15:15 Depart for the airport
Attendees will be delivered to the airport on request, a 10-minute trip.


David Downs, Comedian, author and corporate executive – keynote
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Jenene Crossan, Founder and CEO, Flossie – keynote
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Johnathon Meichtry, Principal Solutions Architect, AWS – keynote
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Julian Gairdner, Managing Director, Rezare Systems UK Ltd – facilitator
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Andrew Cooke, Managing Director, Rezare Systems Limited – facilitator
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Jeremy Suisted, Innovation consultant and communicator – facilitator and creative coach
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Mark Harris, Marketing Manager, Gallagher Animal Management – case study
David Campbell, IT Programme Manager, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics – case study

Venue and Accommodation

The venue for the Bootcamp and the day’s activities will be Mystery Creek Events Centre (the site of the NZ Agricultural Fieldays), 125 Mystery Creek Road, Hamilton.

Accommodation for the event is available at:

Transport will be provided between these two hotels and the event venue.



Ag Innovations Bootcamp price is $750 + GST per person (excludes your travel and accommodation). We will contact you after registration to confirm your details before sending an invoice for payment.

Registration Form

For more information about this event contact:

Jeanette Stephens
Rezare Systems Limited
Tel: +64-7-8570800