Red Bull Basement: Industry & Agriculture

Red Bull Basement: Industry & Agriculture


The future of the agriculture industry is in the hands of the next generation of change makers and innovators. Through a virtual panel of innovators across multiple sectors of agriculture, this session will empower your ideas within a variety of passions: Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Agricultural Studies, Engineering, and more. We will discuss industrial engineering, farming innovation, microbiological advances in food, and more.

Introduction & Welcome 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

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Panelist 1: Gabriel Glynn - Industrial Engineering Innovation/Safety 5:15 PM - 5:35 PM

Gabriel Glynn is the CEO of MākuSafe™ and a serial entrepreneur. Gabriel’s startup journey began in 2007 and includes several technology and service-based companies. His passion for the industrial workforce began in his childhood; watching his father navigate a career in industrial machining and safety.

Gabriel’s leadership has been recognized in many ways including a Gubernatorial appointment to Iowa’s STEM Council in 2020, being named one of SME’s 25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing, and one of the Top 10 Leaders in Insurtech by ACORD. In 2019 Gabriel was named one of 30 Innovators To Watch by Digital Insurance, a list that includes powerhouse innovators like Elon Musk and his work with MākuSafe has been featured in more than a hundred publications across the globe.

Gabriel and his wife of 15 years, Amanda, live in Ankeny with their two boys, Caleb and Tucker. Gabriel is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) and has a degree in Business Administration.

Panelist 2: Matthew Rooda - Animal Farming Innovation 5:35 PM - 5:55 PM

Matthew Rooda, SwineTech co-founder and CEO, grew up in a family of pork producers and quickly learned the value of a good work ethic and a positive outlook on life. Through daily chores and everyday obstacles, Rooda was able to recognize the role that family, patience, and thinking outside the box played in the farm operations. Co-Founders Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza were recognized as one of Forbes 30 under 30 most promising companies in Manufacturing and Industry. SwineTech also received awards from MIT, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the American Farm Bureau Federation for its innovative product, SmartGuard.

Panelist 3: Dr. Tom Stein 5:55 PM - 6:15 PM

Dr. Tom Stein is Senior Strategic Adviser for Maximus Systems/Maximum Ag Technologies, working on next-generation pig and poultry production management software. He is the creator of the PigCHAMP software and co-founder of MetaFarms. National Hog Farmer magazine named him one of the top 50 men and women who truly made a difference in the US pork industry over the last 100 years. In 2011, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians presented Dr. Stein with the Howard Dunne Award for outstanding contributions to swine production and health. In 2019, Dr. Stein received the George Foxcroft award from the Banff Pork Conference for rigorous and high-profile research which contributes to improvements in pork production efficiency.

Question & Answer 6:15 PM - 6:40 PM

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