DEMETER participates in IoT Week 2022

DEMETER participated in IoT Week 2022 which took place in Dublin, Ireland from June 20-23rd. The IoT Week is a 4 day conference where leaders from the worlds of business, technology, science and academia shed light on the future of technology and its impact on business and life.  Representatives from around the world attended over 135 sessions which took place across various sectors.

DEMETER had an exhibition booth for the duration of the conference, engaging with attendees and sharing information about the objectives of the project and our pilot projects. We were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Ossian Smyth, Irish Minister of State at Public Expenditure & Reform.

Ossian Smyth, Irish Minister of State at Public Expenditure & Reform and Kevin Doolin, DEMETER Project Coordinator

In addition, many of DEMETER representatives were heavily involved in several of the sessions focusing on Smart Agrifood and the Digitisation of Agriculture from farm to fork.  Three separate workshops ran on Thursday 23rd June.

  1. Smart Agrifood Tech for Sustainable Development Goals – Discussing with experts on how technology can help reaching the ambitious European goals for a sustainable agrifood sector by 2030 .

Cristina Cionga of the Romanian Maize Growers Association presented the DEMETER pilot they are involved with that aims to maximise water use efficiency in the rice–maize crop rotation system, through the deployment of appropriate sensor systems and science-based decision making. Grainne Dilleen, PhD Researcher at Walton, and funded by DEMETER, gave an overview of her research on farmers’ technology adoption decisions and share results from The Farmer Voice survey from the H2020 DEMETER project regarding the drivers and barriers to tech adoption.

  1. Accelerating innovation with an interconnected ecosystem – Learn about results and activities from large scale agrifood tech projects to grow an interconnected ecosystem of DIHs, Test Farms, Accelerators,  Investors, Corporates and startups

This session was chaired by Kevin Doolin, Project Coordinator of DEMETER.  Dave Hearne, Senior UX Designer at Walton and of DEMETER focused on the importance of engaging farmers and discussed the need for a multi-actor approach when developing innovative solutions. The recording of the session is available here.

  1. Enabling data exchange in agrifood – Discuss and learn about data marketplaces, data models, standards, data governance and business models for data monetization

Kevin Doolin presented an overview of Europe’s strategic plan for Agri DataSpaces, and Walton’s plan to support. Ioanna Roussaki of National Technical University of Athens gave an overview of the DEMETER Agriculture Information Model and the importance of interoperability. Ethan Clearly of IFA discussed farmers’ concerns about data recording and data ownership. Ethan’s video recording is available here. 

Ioanna Roussaki of DEMETER presenting the Agriculture Information Model (AIM).

Ioanna Roussaki of DEMETER presenting the Agriculture Information Model (AIM).

Kevin Doolin, DEMETER project coordinator joined the SmartAgriHubs session on Ecosystem Building and Digital Innovation Hubs in Smart Farming. In addition, several DEMETER partners participated and presented at other sessions at IoT week such as ‘Identity, trust and privacy in an intelligent, smart IoT World: Challenges and outcomes and the SmartAgriHubs sessions.