So Much Food-Focused Content in March!

The Forrest Four-Cast: January 30, 2018

The 2018 SXSW Conference includes 24 different tracks of programming that cover all kinds of innovative ideas. Scheduled March 12–14 at the JW Marriott, the Food Track brings together the food community’s most inspired entrepreneurs, chefs, data scientists, investors, filmmakers, and enthusiasts to connect and explore ways in which technology and innovation can be leveraged to transform the industry.

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Eight of the most interesting sessions in this Food Track are as follows:

AI Will Help Feed A Growing Planet. By the year 2040, there will be more people on the planet than food to feed them. Researchers want to change that. Learn how a sustainable solution to the emerging world food crisis is sprouting in an artificial intelligence (AI) lab in Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute. Scheduled March 13.

Algae, Not Animals: The Plant-Based Revolution. Shifting away from unpronounceable chemicals, animal ingredients and “pill fatigue,” the food industry is increasingly plant-based. Panelists will discuss the technologies that are pushing these sectors toward a greener future with a flexible supply chain built by plants and algae. Scheduled March 12.

Featured Speaker: Andrew Zimmern. A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the Bizarre Foods franchise on Travel Channel and Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food, he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries, promoting impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. Other world-renowned chefs joining this session are José Andrés and Dana Cowin. Date TBA.

The Future of Food Delivery. The global food supply chain is rapidly changing, adding new players, challenging the existing structure. The consumer demand for more local and fresh food are drivers that will shape who will produce our food, how they will source ingredients, and the distance between your plate and our future farms. Scheduled March 12.

Meet the Kitchen of the Future: Trends in Food Tech. With emerging technologic innovations, how we’ve always operated in the kitchen space is rapidly changing. Now, home automation is widely available + affordable; you can operate almost anything with your smartphone, minimize germs + cut food waste w/ appliances. Leading experts will unveil latest tech advancements, discuss missteps and how you can personally benefit. Scheduled March 13.

New Mediums to Tell Authentic Food Stories. From community generated recipes and heart wrenching human interest stories to video, learn how brand marketers, news outlets, influencers and consumers can benefit from the new era of digital food transparency. Scheduled March 13.

The Restaurant of the Future. What kind of restaurant will we all be eating at 5 or 10 years from now? How will consumer preferences, food and climate policy, social and economic change, gender and diversity issues, technological advances, and other forces play a role in the evolution of the restaurant industry? Scheduled March 12.

Shaping the Future of Bread. Modernist Cuisine founder Nathan Myhrvold (pictured above) is rethinking bread from the ground up. His new book “Modernist Bread” is the culmination of over four years of nonstop research, experiments, and baking. Join Myhrvold for a conversation about what he’s discovered and how everyone can shape bread’s future. Scheduled March 12.

Find more content at SXSW 2018 by browsing the online schedule. Use the search bar at the top right corner to find the sessions and networking events that you most want to attend. Finally, buy your badge before the end of the day on Friday, February 9 to save $100 on the walkup fees.

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.

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