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AGROHACK | A PREMIER AGRICULTURE INNOVATION CONFERENCE
Agrohack is an innovation conference designed to propel agriculture as a sustainable source of growth and economic development.
www.agrohackcon.com

Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (AST).
Caibe Hiton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Saturday, May 28
 

8:00am

Registration
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

8:05am

Welcome to Agrohack
Saturday May 28, 2016 8:05am - 8:40am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

8:42am

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Dra. Myrna Comas

Dra. Myrna Comas

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture
Education: | Ph.D., International Business, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.  2009. Mayor: Supply chain, risk management, corporate social responsibility Dissertation: | Global Supply Chain Vulnerability and Climate Change: Puerto Rico Food Supply Chain Case  M.S... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 8:42am - 8:50am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

8:52am

From an idea to a business opportunity: Creating healthy connections
Speakers
avatar for Catherine M. Cuello

Catherine M. Cuello

Founder & CEO of GreenHopping
Catherine is an entrepreneur that uses her skills to help others unlock their true potential through creativity and mindfulness. She was named as a "Top Food Tech Entrepreneur to Watch in NYC" by AlleyWatch. Catherine is laser focused on behavioral change and food policy; and at the... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 8:52am - 9:12am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:00am

Business Model Canvas
Speakers
avatar for Nerma Albertorio Barnés

Nerma Albertorio Barnés

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Centro Para Emprendedores
Nerma Albertorio Barnés is a business leader with more than 13 years of experience executing entrepreneurial programs for women, artists, techs and communities below poverty levels. Her experience includes identifying business opportunities, funding, and developing effective business... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Salon A Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:14am

Hacking the System: How the internet of things can propel agriculture?
Speakers
avatar for Dra. Aury Curbelo

Dra. Aury Curbelo

Founder & CEO of Digetech
Dr. Curbelo Information Security consultant. The International Information System Security Certification Consortium awarded Dr. Curbelo with the distinctions of Up-and-Coming Information Security Professional and with the Community Service Star Award- for the project: Cyber Security... Read More →
avatar for Gretchen La Fontaine

Gretchen La Fontaine

Information Security Consultant of Digetech
La Fontaine is an Information Security Consultant and Software Developer  with experience in the IT and Financial industry managing cross-functional projects and developing  high-end solutions. Out-of-the-box thinker and Programmer of C/C++, C#, Visual Basic, JAVA, MySQL, SQL, HTML... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:14am - 9:34am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

9:36am

Out of Chaos Comes Order: How Urban Agriculture May Hold the Keys to Sustainable Development
Speakers
avatar for Henry Gordon-Smith

Henry Gordon-Smith

Blue Planet Consulting
Henry is a sustainability strategist focused on urban agriculture, water issues, and emerging technologies. Henry was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, Spain, Austria, and the United States. | | Henry’s international upbringing... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 9:36am - 9:56am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:00am

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Importance of Corporate Image
Speakers
avatar for Lara Caride

Lara Caride

Co-Founder of Gali Production
Lara Caride is the co-founder of Gali production a company dedicated to the commitment of graphic , digital and print solutions. Born un Spain, now living in Puerto Rico since 2010, in 2012 Gali Production was born with a partnership, Lucas Quiroga. Since then, they have grown exponentially... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Salon A Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:01am

A "Chick" Business: You think you know… but you have no idea
Speakers
avatar for Yanice L. Deynes

Yanice L. Deynes

President of Granja Avícola Pujols Corp
President of Granja Avícola Pujols Corp. She has a Bachelor Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, From the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao campus and a Master Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She worked for 10 years in the Pharmaceutical... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:01am - 10:11am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:11am

Networking & Coffee Break
Saturday May 28, 2016 10:11am - 10:41am
Foyer Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

10:43am

What does success looks like for a thrid-generation AgriBusiness?
Speakers
avatar for Gualberto Rodríguez III

Gualberto Rodríguez III

President at Caribbean Produce Exchange, Inc.
Gualberto Rodríguez is a third generation Puerto Rican entrepreneur and key player in the Caribbean food industry. Described by his peers as “progressive, forward thinking and innovation driven”, Gualberto brings forth more than 17 years of proven professional experience in the... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 10:43am - 11:03am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:00am

Blogging La Finca: Inside & Personal Stories to help grow my agrobiz
Speakers
avatar for Perla Sofía Curbelo

Perla Sofía Curbelo

Founder of Agrochic
Perla Sofía Curbelo is the founder of Agrochic.com a website in Spanish for all things garden. She's been involve with agriculture for over 20 years, as a journalist, content producer and educator. She believes everyone can participate actively in agriculture from their own platforms. Also, she coordinates awesome offline workshops fro... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salon A Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:05am

Reinventing the Melon: Reducing imports by developing Agro-Entrepreneurship
Speakers
avatar for Jorge Ramírez

Jorge Ramírez

Project Manager, Agroempresarios Program--Walmart & Sam's Club Founder Agronegocios
Jorge Ramírez is an Agronomist and Agro-Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the public and private food industry sector. He is an advisor for agricultural affairs and expert in financial, cost, manufacturing and retail matters. He is Project Manager for Walmart... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 11:05am - 11:15am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:17am

Cultivating a Cannabis Mindset: The role of education as a tool to change perceptions
Speakers
avatar for Shadiff Repullo

Shadiff Repullo

Founder of Free Juana
Shadiff M Repullo is a teacher school director, young lawyer, public speaker and cannabis activist. She has worked almost all her life as a teacher and school director and is very passionate about education and helping others. | She is also the founder of Free Juana Foundation a current... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 11:17am - 11:37am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:39am

Aquaponics: Swimming in profit.
Speakers
avatar for Jorge Casas

Jorge Casas

Owner at Agropónicos Cosecha de Puerto Rico
Successfully established the first and only Aquaponics Commercial Farm in Puerto Rico. Mastered the technology that is said to be the future of Agriculture due to its friendliness to the environment; Aquaponics respects principles of sustainable agriculture (wastewater biofiltration... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 11:39am - 11:49am
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

11:51am

Chopping the food waste challenge with technology and creativity
Moderators
avatar for Carlos R. Cobián

Carlos R. Cobián

Founder & CEO, Cobian Media, LLC
ENG: Carlos R. Cobián is an accomplished entrepreneur recognized for developing successful businesses in Latin America and for his forward-thinking, innovative and collaborative approach to business. In 2014 Carlos founded Cobian Media to provide cutting-edge digital marketing services... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raúl Correa

Raúl Correa

Executive Chef at Zest
Spanning over 20 years of culinary experiece, Raúl Correa is the culinary force behind Zest and founder of Boutique Cuisine Catering & Kitchen Management consultancy. Correa is passionate about sustainability agriculture from both sides of the plate, food waste, and social causes... Read More →
avatar for Xavier Pacheco

Xavier Pacheco

Owner & Chef of La Jaquita Baya
Known for his passion for food and pride for his puertorrican culinary roots, Chef Pacheco was raised in the town of Cupey, San Juan. Enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras to study Journalism. His passion for cooking started early in his life, cooking along with... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Treviño

Roberto Treviño

Owner and Chef of Budatai
Roberto Treviño is a chef in Puerto Rico known for his appearances on Iron Chef: America and The Next Iron Chef. He is chef and owner of Budatai & Casa Lola in Condado. Has participated several times as a guest chef and MC of Saborea, Ultimate flavors of StThomas, Aspen Food & Wine... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 11:51am - 12:36pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12:36pm

LUNCH AND STARTUP SHOWCASE

Lunch: 12:36pm - 1:06pm

Startup 1: 1:06pm-1:11pm
José Nolla, Founder of E-Farm
Startup 2: 1:11pm-1:16pm
Lina Castillo "Poliniza"
Startup 3: 1:16pm-1:21pm
Cyndi Cruz, Founder of Agropek
Startup 4: 1:21pm-1:26pm
Desenia Vega, President of Semila Agro-Industries


Speakers
avatar for Lina Castillo

Lina Castillo

Founder of Poliniza
Lina Castillo (San Juan, Puerto Rico; May 15, 1990) After having studied in Puerto Rico, Spain and Cuba, she arrived in Peru, where she pursued further studies at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima. There she obtained her degree as Chef de Alta Cocina (Chef de Haute Cuisine... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Cruz

Cindy Cruz

Founder of AgropeK
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Cindy is the founder of AgropeK, LLC. Recently, Cindy is positioned as a finalist in a business accelerator of Access Latina at the level of New York, Florida, Washington and Puerto Rico. She also works on the development of a project of social impact for... Read More →
avatar for José Nolla

José Nolla

Founder E-Farm
José Nolla-Marrero is passionate about agriculture and technology, and likes very much to study of STEM. He is the founder of E-Farm, an electronic platform which combines social media with e-commerce, where the customer will Search for products like in Amazon, Sell like in E-Bay... Read More →
avatar for Decenia Vega

Decenia Vega

President of Semila Agro-Industries
Semila Agro Industries is company dedicated to the wholesale of clones of cocoa tre passionate educator, Decenia Vega, spent five years in the field of education offering courses Office Systems, Marketing and Business Administration, in addition to managing adult education programs... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 12:36pm - 1:36pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1:38pm

Agriculture Rocks!

Agriculture Panel


Moderators
avatar for Perla Sofía Curbelo

Perla Sofía Curbelo

Founder of Agrochic
Perla Sofía Curbelo is the founder of Agrochic.com a website in Spanish for all things garden. She's been involve with agriculture for over 20 years, as a journalist, content producer and educator. She believes everyone can participate actively in agriculture from their own platforms. Also, she coordinates awesome offline workshops fro... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eduardo Cortés

Eduardo Cortés

VPO of Chocolate Cortés
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Eduardo Cortés, Vice President of Operations of Cortés Hermanos, leading chocolate manufacturer in the Caribbean, represents the fourth family generation at the helm of the company originally established in 1929. | | In 2008, Cortés graduated from... Read More →
avatar for Javier Hiram

Javier Hiram

Agro-entrepreneur
Javier Hiram is the co-founder, producer and lead singer of Vivanativa; also he was the supervisor of GB nurseries, Jardincentro, Hacienda Horizonte and Palma Roja where he works now in designing, building and garden maintenance. Javier is Specialized in organic and inorganic soil... Read More →
avatar for Jorge Ramírez

Jorge Ramírez

Project Manager, Agroempresarios Program--Walmart & Sam's Club Founder Agronegocios
Jorge Ramírez is an Agronomist and Agro-Entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the public and private food industry sector. He is an advisor for agricultural affairs and expert in financial, cost, manufacturing and retail matters. He is Project Manager for Walmart... Read More →
avatar for Tara Rodríguez

Tara Rodríguez

Owner Departamendo de la comida
Tara Rodríguez Besosa: Born and Raise in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Tara graduated from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. From 13 years Tara has been working in photography, architecture, design, retail, art, construction and food, excelling in interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 1:38pm - 2:23pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:25pm

Agro + Eco = Logic, Why and how Agroecology is an economically viable ,ecologically sound, and socially beneficial answer to Puerto Rico's agricultural development.
Speakers
avatar for Tara Rodríguez

Tara Rodríguez

Owner Departamendo de la comida
Tara Rodríguez Besosa: Born and Raise in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Tara graduated from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. From 13 years Tara has been working in photography, architecture, design, retail, art, construction and food, excelling in interdisciplinary... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 2:25pm - 2:45pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:47pm

Agritourism: Connecting farmers and consumers as co-producers
Speakers
avatar for Camille Collazo

Camille Collazo

President Rico Agritourism
Is a designer, president of Visit Rico, a non profit organization that works with sustainable tourism to strengthen our agriculture economy and reach food sovereignty. She leads her team to reach solutions that connect farmers and consumers as co-producers using human centered design... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 2:47pm - 2:57pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2:59pm

How Standardization and Transparency Facilitate Collaborative Entrepreneurship and Market Growth in the Regulated Cannabis Industry
Speakers
avatar for Bianca Cabán

Bianca Cabán

Co-Founder & CEO of Greenboard Solutions
Bianca Cabán is an entrepreneur launching several entities in New York, Puerto Rico, and Washington state to execute economic revitalization projects, including Greenboard Solutions a SaaS (software as a service) start-up for cannabis businesses. As a Partner in Taino Capital, she... Read More →
avatar for Marvin Rhone

Marvin Rhone

Co-Founder & CTO of Greenboard Solutions
Marvin Rhone is an entrepreneur and software developer who leveraged his background in finance to launch a cannabis distribution business in his native state of Washington. After being awarded one of the first state licenses, he developed an enterprise software application to help... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 2:59pm - 3:19pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3:19pm

Networking & Coffee Break
Saturday May 28, 2016 3:19pm - 3:49pm
Foyer Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3:49pm

Fixing Paradise, Part II: Five ways to Implement Sustainable Food-shed Development for Small Farm Communities.
Speakers
avatar for Nate Olive

Nate Olive

Director of Ridge to Reef Farm
Nate Olive, Ph.D., is a farmer and consultant who owns and directs the only certified organic farm in the United States Virgin Islands, Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R). The farm is located on 180 acres of the mountainous Northwest quarter of St. Croix. It grows USDA certified organic fruits... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 3:49pm - 4:09pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

4:11pm

Investing in agriculture for a better future
Speakers
avatar for Alex Borschow

Alex Borschow

Managing Partner of Semillero Ventures LLC
Alex Borschow is Managing Partner of Semillero Ventures, Puerto Rico's first food and agriculture private equity investment fund. A native of the island, he recently returned after 14 years between working in investment banking at BNP Paribas and as Director of Finance at Eataly USA... Read More →
avatar for Ricardo Fernández

Ricardo Fernández

President & CEO of Puerto Rico Farm Credit
Ricardo L Fernández is CEO of Puerto Rico Farm Credit, a client-owned agricultural financial services institution in PR. His banking experiences include small business lending and strategic planning. Ricardo uses this experience to invest his own time in assisting entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Lidiana Rodríguez

Lidiana Rodríguez

Director of Sales and Marketing in Florece Hidroponía
Lidiana Rodríguez is the director of sales and marketing in Florece Hidroponía, an agricultural company dedicated to grow tomatoes in a controlled greenhouses climate. Florece Hidroponia understands that agriculture can again become an important and consistent in the economic development... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 4:11pm - 4:56pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

4:58pm

Software is Feeding the World
Speakers
avatar for Allison Kopf

Allison Kopf

Founder & CEO of Agrilyst
Allison Kopf is the founder and CEO of Agrilyst, a data analytics platform for indoor farms. Agrilyst won the highly coveted Disrupt Cup at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco last fall and was featured by FastCompany as one of 2016's Most Innovative Companies. Prior to founding Agrilyst... Read More →


Saturday May 28, 2016 4:58pm - 5:43pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

5:45pm

Closing Remarks
Saturday May 28, 2016 5:45pm - 5:50pm
Salon Los Rosales Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

5:50pm

Happy Hour
Saturday May 28, 2016 5:50pm - 9:00pm
Caribar Lobby Bar Caribe Hilton Hotel. San Juan, Puerto Rico.