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Technology for Food Businesses
Thu. 23 March 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm AEST
In hospitality and always wanted to bring some new technologies into your business?
Love food and would love to see technologists and foodies working together?
Just love eating food and talking about tech? We have an event for you.
River City Labs bringing together talented technologists, foodies and awesome local Brisbane business people to discuss how food businesses can embrace technological change and improve their business. Whether it's online ordering and delivery, taking your inventory and point of sale online, e-marketing or managing your back office from a browser, technology's impact on food businesses is real and will only continue to grow. This event is your opportunity to learn from some of Australia's finest hospitality, food and technology thought leaders.
This event is a panel discussion featuring:
Susan Elaine Anderson - General Manager, UberEats Qld
Michael Hui - Investment Director, Arowana & Co
Chelsea Ford - Growth Strategist, Mentor and founder of Females in Food
Angela Hirst - Founder Wandering Cooks and food community activator
+ another amazing panelist to be announced soon.
MC for the night will the wonderfully talented Katherine Feeney - an experienced multi-platform journalist and also a trained chef! Katherine is also host of Sweet Spot Pod which has climbed to number one on TV & Radio! Check out the podcast here.
The event structure is as follows:
5.15-5.30pm – Arrival, drinks, nibbles and networking
5.30-5.40 – Guest Introduction and Panel Presentations
5.40-6.15 – Panel Discussion: Technology in Food Businesses
6.15-6.30 – Question and Answer time with the audience
6.30-7pm – More drinks and networking
Angela is the Director of Wandering Cooks, which is the hub of Brisbane's food & drink community, bringing artisan producers, chefs, buyers, suppliers, educators and the food & drink-loving public together. She is a qualified chef, with a PhD in Food Ethics from University of Queensland. She has cooked in restaurants in London, Paris, Hoi An and Brisbane, coordinated providore sales for Food Connect (a community supported agriculture enterprise), taught research students at UQ and QUT, developed her own cooking classes and catering company and reviewed restaurants for Brisbane Times and Gourmet Traveller. As Wandering Cooks’ Director, Angela has consulted on artisan food practice for QIC, received funding from Dept of Premiers for Wandering Cooks Small Batch Tradeshows (which went on to be listed by The Courier Mail as one of Queensland’s top 100 Food Experiences), and after just 2 years of trading, led Wandering Cooks to achieve Anthills Coolest Company Award for a Micro Business.
Michael is an Investment Director at Arowana & Co., a diversified investment group with interests in the education, food, renewables and fintech sectors.
A lawyer by training, Michael has over 14 years of experience in commercial law and in particular mergers and acquisitions, technology and internet law, startups, and intellectual property.
Prior to joining Arowana & Co., Michael co-founded and lead an online payments startup that raised $4M from angel investors and generated $1M+ revenue in its first year of operations, and founded his own law firm.
Susan Elaine Anderson
Susan has had a 15 yr career across Consulting and Tech with a focus on start ups. Prior to moving to Australia, Susan was working at Amazon first as Baby Category Leader and later as the UK Country Manager for Prime Now, a one hour delivery service in the UK which she launched in 7 weeks. Having moved to QLD, she has now joined UberEATs launching the service in Brisbane and responsible for QLD expansion. These roles involve building and testing business cases for new products, working with product teams to build customer facing and internal tools, securing deals with partners, creating compelling marketing campaigns and most importantly creating talented teams.
Chelsea dedicates herself to providing artisan food producers and those forging a new path in the food and beverage sector with sound strategic advice, mentoring to grow their business and with Females in Food, a place to connect, access resources and be inspired. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing and business development across the Food and Beverage (F&B) sector. She is a results-driven growth strategist with a particular focus on fostering personal development and enabling purposeful partnerships. Chelsea is a facilitator, speaker and mentor through her consultancy and Females in FoodTM, the women’s empowerment collective she founded.
Our MC - Katherine Feeney
Katherine is a cross-platform journalist based in Brisbane Australia. Currently she hosts the Sweet Spot podcast for the Nine Network Australia, a show determined to make your love and sex life better one episode at a time.
Katherine can also be found writing for the Fairfax Media Network, and making radio at the ABC. She used to work as a Nine News TV reporter but decided to give up action-packed life on the road to pursue other projects, including life with her beloved husband and daughter.
Incidentally, she met the man she married because of her long-running dating and relationships blog, CityKat. When she can, she tweets about life, love, politics, travel, her family and croissants @katherinefeeney. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.