Northeastern University Workshop

The FoodTech Challenge Team held a workshop at Northeastern University in Boston, USA, where we introduced over 20 students to global trends in food security and the UAE’s efforts towards achieving a food secure world. The workshop was followed by a panel discussion on technological applications that can advance the agriculture sector. The panel members consisted of Professor Matteo Rinaldi, ECE Associate Professor and director of Northeastern SMART, as well as Julian Oritz, co-founder and COO of Adaviv, a tech-startup based in Boston. Professor Rinaldi was awarded a $1.7M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for developing Zero-Power sensors for large scale farms. AdaViv utilizes AI technology to analyze plant biometrics that will help develop actionable insights for farmers.


Northeastern University, United States of America

Date & Time

5 December 2019


The FoodTech Challenge at Gulfood 2020

16 - 20 February 2020

The FoodTech Challenge team is proud to partner with Gulfood 2020, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition with over 5000+ global exhibitors. We are involved in many activities – keynote speeches, panel discussions (details coming soon) – during the 5-day event. We invite you to join, network with industry leaders, and learn more about food innovation in the Middle East.