FoodCon is an annual conference that celebrates the food and agri-business community. The business schools of UNC, NC State University, and Duke University co-sponsor this one-day conference each year. Duke Fuqua’s MBA Food and Agriculture club will host FoodCon 2018 on Wednesday, December 5th at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Our goal is to bring together a diverse audience of students, community members, and business professionals who have a shared interest in the sustainable food industry. We aim to increase the awareness and understanding of the sustainable food industry as well as support and grow the industry here in North Carolina and throughout the country.
Theme: Technology and Innovation in Food and Agriculture
This year’s conference theme is Technology and Innovation in Food and Agriculture. Robotics and automation, advances in biological sciences, and IoT are changing the way people eat. Some technological shifts in food, such as a robotically run pizza kitchens, come about to improve operations. Other technological shifts are happening, think lab-brewed meat, to support the rapidly growing human population and changes to our environment. This conference will provide a business perspective the innovations that sit between technology and food. Panels will touch on automation in food and retail, the future of protein, and how to finance your food start-up.
Each year more than 200 students and community members attend FoodCon. While the event is hosted by professional clubs of their respective business schools, the event is open to environmental, engineering, and policy students as well as food business professionals.
FoodCon began at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2014. The conference brought together a diverse range of speakers to discuss current trends and issues in the sustainable food industry. In 2015, the conference moved to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and became a partnership between UNC, Duke and NC State. For the 2016-17 academic year, the event was held at NC State University.
FoodCon 2018 is hosted by Duke Fuqua’s MBA Food and Agriculture Club in collaboration with the UNC Kenan-Flagler Net Impact Club and the NC State Net Impact Club.