As we've reported earlier, the James Beard Foundation is leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at next year's world expo in Milan, which, for the first time in world-fair history, will focus exclusively on food.
Expo Milano opens next May, but we'll be previewing the pavilion and its theme, "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet," during our Expo-themed panel at next year's South by Southwest Interactive. Chosen from more than 80 food-related panels that were submitted for consideration, our conversation is slated for the festival's new SouthBites umbrella, where culinary innovations will be discussed and showcased.
Our panel will address the following questions:
• From robotics to big data to agritech to the quantified self, is food the next innovation frontier?
• Is there a difference between lifestyle gadgets for the connected and food security for the marginalized communities?
• What are some examples of the cross-section of food and technology that will help us feed our global population?
• Why, in the history of world's fairs, is this upcoming Expo Milano 2015's theme food and sustainability?
• How can consumers and technologists unite to work towards addressing food security issues?
Our featured panelists in Austin will be:
• Mitchell Davis, Friends of the USA Pavilion
• Jeffrey Dunn, Bolthouse Farms
• Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic Society
• Linda Boff, General Electric