Montique Willis | Grow Computer
Montique is Head of Software and co-founder at Grow Computer. As a technologist, he has focused his aim on Cloud/IOT based technologies to build smarter environments. He is currently working on ways to create cleaner more usable data for growers and farmers.
Henry Gordon-Smith | Agritecture
Henry is the founder and managing director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultancy and data firm. Henry was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, Spain, Austria, and the US. Henry earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a certificate in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Rachel Klepner | Edenworks
Rachel is the Director of Farming and Operations for Edenworks. Edenworks is an indoor aquaponic farm located in Brooklyn. Specializing in growing greens sold at the Williamsburg Whole Foods. Rachel has been farming for nine seasons, working on field scale agriculture, greenhouses, and urban farms. She obtained her certification in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC.
Wythe Marschall | Cornell University
Wythe is a Ph.D. candidate in the anthropology of technology and ecological design within Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. Wythe currently researches agricultural technology startups, specifically vertical farming in New York City. Wythe is also a research associate for Cornell University. Previously, he was the writer of Crash Course: History of Science; the co-founder of the Biodesign Challenge; a lecturer at Brooklyn College, CUNY; and a copy supervisor in health and wellness advertising.
Andrew Carter | Smallhold
Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Smallhold, NYC's first and only distributed mushroom farm.
Maya Ezzaddine | Cornell University
Maya is a Cornell University PhD student addressing urban agriculture and sustainability issues, with support from Dr. Anu Rangarajan. A graduate of Columbia University (MS Sustainability Management) and UC Davis (BS Environmental Science), Maya brings an international background in environmental consulting, sustainability management, and community development to help promote cross-collaboration in urban and local agriculture and sustainability.
Alan Burchell | Urbanstrong
Principal of Urbanstrong, Alan is a licensed engineer, LEED-AP, and Green Roof Professional. He helps building owners/operators/developers and municipal governments mitigate energy and water management issues to reduce costs and boost property values. Alan has spoken at the United Nations, appeared on MSNBC, and provided technical expert testimony.
Garrett Broad | Fordham University
Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and the author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change (University of California Press, 2016). His research investigates the role of storytelling and communication technology in promoting networked movements for social justice. Much of his work focuses on local and global food systems, as he explores how food can best contribute to neighborhood health, environmental sustainability, and the rights and welfare of animals.
Alexander Oleson | Babylon Micro-farms
Alexander is the CEO & Co-Founder of Babylon, a Virginia-based startup that has developed indoor agriculture technology optimized for grocery stores and foodservice locations. He is a passionate advocate for all kinds of sustainable agriculture, a TEDx speaker, and Social Entrepreneurship graduate from the University of Virginia.