Overview: As consumer demand for fast and fresh continues to increase, food businesses are developing new concepts and technologies to meet these demands. Join The Hatchery and General Assembly for an expert panel discussion on the future of food and technology. From speed to customization, you’ll get an inside look at some of the latest innovations in the food and beverage space and how technology will change the way we eat. Together, we discuss how they’ve been impacted by the rise of tech, ways they’ve adapted and innovated along the way, and what they expect to see in the future.
Featured Experts: Leaders in the food and tech community will break down the biggest challenges and opportunities they face with the rise of new technology, and explain how their teams adapt to the fast pace of innovation. Speakers to be announced soon!
Why It Matters: The omnipresence of technology has rapidly transformed lives over the last decade (remember, the iPhone was only released in 2007). Now, it’s rare to go about a regular day without interacting with tech — whether it’s an alarm app that wakes you up, your Nest Thermostat-regulated apartment, or the software you use at work. Staying ahead of the innovation curve and being able to predict the future of tech in various industries has never been more important — both at work and at play.
- 5:30–6:15pm — Check-In and Happy Hour
- 6:15–7:30pm — Expert Panel
- 7:30–8:00pm — Q&A
- 8–8:30pm — Wrap-up and Networking
About the Experts
Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz Food Blogger, Kitchen Nomad
Lizzy (LEE-see) Diaz-Ortiz is a food enthusiast known as Kitchen Nomad on Instagram and her occasional blog where she shares her latest food adventures. Her photos have been featured on Bombobar, Chicagogrammers, Fab Food Chicago, The Harding Tavern, and Windy City Blogger Collective. Growing up in the military, Lizzy lived and travelled around the world exposing her to various foods and cultures. These experiences led to her winning in an amateur Iron Chef contest judged by Rick Bayless. Lizzy has moderated panels for General Assembly and Taste Talks on food and beverage businesses, entrepreneurs and startups, and how some of Chicago’s top food entrepreneurs and product developers have built successful brands.
Raj Karmani Head of Technology, Farmer’s Fridge
Raj Karmani is the the Head of Technology at Farmer’s Fridge, a venture-backed startup on a mission to make fresh food available 24/7 through smart digital fridges. He oversees all technology projects including mobile, fridge and web applications as well as back-end and data infrastructure, with a vision to deliver a personalized fresh food experience for its customers.
He is also the founder of Zero Percent, a Chicago-based public benefit corporation with the mission to reduce food waste. Raj has a Phd in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During the last year of his PhD, he co-founded Zero Percent that combines his passion for technology, volunteerism, and entrepreneurship.
John Veltri Customer Success Solutions Architect, Label Insight
John Veltri has worked throughout the CPG industry as a strategic, entrepreneurial builder who enjoys identifying consumer & business opportunities, using data, and creating solutions to meet those needs. In the past John owned the launch of Pure Harmony, a premium pet care brand and managed marketing & innovation for Full Circle Market, a natural/organic lifestyle brand. Today John works as a Customer Success Solutions Architect for Label Insight, a data & technology company based in Chicago, where he works with customers to identify business opportunities for LI data and internal teams to deliver API and data solutions.