October 10, 2017


7:30 - 8:30


3rd Avenue Entrance lobby



Recital Hall




Michael Wolf, Creator and Curator, Smart Kitchen Summit



What do Innovators need to address now and how?

New: See video of session here

Appliance makers, food companies and retailers can no longer play by the same old rules. Evan Dash will look at the rules for innovation in the modern kitchen. 

Evan Dash, StoreBound



Building a Full Stack Food Company 

NEW: See video of session here

It used to be very simple. Your company made appliances, food or content, but the lines between these were very defined.  Today the lines are blurring and a new breed of company is emerging as new technologies and business model disruption is changing all the rules. 

Chris Young, CEO, ChefSteps

Victoria Spadaro Grant, CTO, Barilla

Michael Wolf, The Spoon




NEW: See video of session here

From voice assistants to machine vision to chatbot recreations of Michelin star chefs, we are only just beginning to see how artificial intelligence will change the way we interact with our food.  Join this panel of AI meets food experts to get a better understanding the trajectory of AI within the food, cooking and kitchen landscape. 

Erik Andrejko, CTO, Wellio

Nikhil Bhogal, CTO, June

 Emma Persky, Team Lead, Google Assistant Recipe & Cooking Experience

 Moderator: Stacey Higginbotham, IoT Podcast




iTuneizing Food: Appliance as Digital Platform for Food & Drink

NEW: See video of session here

PicoBrew has created a digital marketplace for independent brewers and beer brewing hobbyists to submit their recipes and earn revenue for their beer intellectual property. What happens to food as recipes becomes software and food creation is increasingly driven by technology and digital markets? In this fireside chat, Bill will discuss digital marketplaces for food and beverage intellectual property and how they will evolve in the future.

Bill Mitchell, PicoBrew

Richard Gunther, Universal Mind



Imagining a Smart Kitchen Future

NEW: See video of session here

Digitization of food. New cooking technologies. Decentralized food production. Personalized nutrition. There are so many ways in which our kitchen and what we do within will change in coming years. Institute for the Future's Rebecca Chesney helps us imagine what that future may look like.

Rebecca Chesney, Institute for the Future




Sponsor Workshop: Kenmore Press and Analyst Briefing


Norcliffe Founders Room



Trickle Down Innovation: The Place of the Pro Kitchen in Innovation Diffusion (Fireside Chat)

NEW: See video of session here

The diffusion of technological innovations follow standard patterns. One of those patterns is that an innovation will start being used by customers in high-end, demanding commercial environments and then make its way down to consumer products over time. In conversation with long-time food journalist Amanda Gold, Tyler Florence shares with us his approach to using technology in his kitchens, how recipes need to change so that machines can understand them and where he sees the biggest impacts for smart appliances in the domestic kitchen.

Tyler Florence, Food Network

Amanda Gold



    Building A Modern Appliance Company In the Age of the Connected Kitchen (Fireside Chat)

NEW: See video of session here

Brands in the kitchen have a choice to make: just do what's worked in the past or embrace the future. Founded nearly a century ago, Vitamix has established itself as one of the premier brands in the countertop blender market, but faces a rapidly changing marketplace amid shifting consumer diets, technology innovation and a shifting retail environment. Vitamix COO Tony Ciepiel will talk about how Vitamix looks to chart the future while staying true to a brand's core value proposition established over nearly a century.

Tony Ciepiel, Vitamix

Allen Weiner, The Spoon



    Scaling Voltaggio: How A Michelin Star Chef Uses Tech To Expand Reach While Staying Authentic

(Fireside Chat)

New: See video of session here

How does one of America's best chefs use technology to reach more people while maintaining authenticity to his vision? That's the question we intend to ask Top Chef Michael Voltaggio. 

Chef Michael Voltaggio

Brian Frank, FTW Ventures



Reinventing Whirlpool For The Era of Kitchen Transformation (Fireside Chat)

NEW: See video of session here

Earlier this year, appliance giant Whirlpool acquired Yummly. At the time, Whirlpool's Brett Dibkey said Yummly would provide a foundation for the company's digital offering for the coming era of transformation in the kitchen. In this talk, Dibkey and Yummly CEO Brian Witlin tell us the early days of this effort and what big changes they see coming for cooking and the kitchen.

Brett Dibkey, Whirlpool

Brian Witlin, Yummly

Michael Wolf, The Spoon


LUNCH BREAK 12:30-1:30

Sponsor Workshop: NutriBullet Announcement and Workshop


Norcliffe Founders Room



The afternoon breakout sessions are concurrent content tracks.  Attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend and can switch between tracks during the breaks between each session. Video of each track will be available for attendees so they can see content from both tracks after the Summit. 

Recital Hall

1:30-2:00:The Home As Food Factory: Making Local Production Mass Market (See Video Of Session Here)

Michael Wolfe, CEO Aerogrow; Gabriel Blanchet, CEO, Grove; Andrew Deitz, Verdical; Allen Weiner, The Spoon

2:05-2:35: Building Services For The Connected Kitchen (See Video Of Session Here)

Lisa Fetterman, CEO, Nomiku; Mike Wallace, CEO, Perfect Company; Hans Stier, CEO, Bonaverde; Tony Ciepiel, COO, Vitamix; Moderator: Brita Rosenheim, The Mixing Bowl

2:40-3:10: Tech Please: How Restaurants Can Leverage Technology In Front & Back Of House (See Video Of Session Here)

David Zito, CEO, Miso Robotics; Steve Fredettez , CEO, Toast; Andrew Dietz from Verdical; Merril Gilbert

3:15-3:45: Standardizing The Stack: Reaching Smart Kitchen Interoperability Through Open Standards

Klaus Werner, Executive Director of the RF Energy Alliance; Hans Kablau, Kitchen Working Group Chair, Wireless Power Consortium; Mitch Klein, Managing Director, Z-Wave Alliance; Moderator: Richard Gunther, Universal Mind




1:30-2:00: Artisan Food And Creation in the Age of AI

Kurt Beecher Dammeier, Founder, Beecher Cheese; Joe Behm, CEO, Behmor Coffee; Michael Wolf, The Spoon

2:05-2:35: From Cloud To Cart: The Future of Grocery (See Video Of Session Here)

Joshua Sigel, COO, Innit; Erik Wallin, Northfork; Mike Lee, Future Market; Brian Frank, FTW Ventures

2:40-3:10: Considering Taste In Design In The Age of Tech (See Video Of Session Here)

Rupali Steinmeyer, Managing Director, MetaDesign; John Winkelman, Interviewer: Ashley Daigneault, The Spoon

3:15-3:45: The Four Generational Kitchen; A Space For All Ages and Abilities

Johnny Grey, Johnny Grey Studios; Patrick Bonnett, Deputy Director, National Innovation Centre for Aging (United Kingdom); Peter Gore, Professor of Practice in Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA);  Moderator: Surj Patel, Newsweek and Smart Kitchen Summit




4:20-5:30: Get To Know The Startups

The Startup Showcase will start with a brief three minute introduction to each startup.  We will hear from 15 startups and then go to...

5:30-7:00 Happy Hour & Startup Showcase

Walk around, enjoy a drink and hor d'oeuvres while checking out our fifteen startup finalists.

October 11, 2017


Sponsor Workshop: "Creating Smart Kitchen Experiences with Amazon Alexa"

Presented by Amazon


Norcliffe Founders Room






Michael Wolf, Creator and Curator, Smart Kitchen Summit



Solving Big Problems In The Food System By Leveraging Technology

New: See video of session here

Google's mission is to index the worlds information and make it accessible. That includes recipes and food data. Michiel Bakker is responsible for feeding Google staff around the world but his mission does not stop there. In this talk we learn about his vision about solving problems with our global food system and his work in leading the inspiring efforts from the Google Food Lab.

Michiel Bakker, Director, Google Food Program

Maura Judkis, Reporter, Washington Post



Reinventing The Home & Community In Era of Decentralized Food Production (Talk)

Over the past century, the main focus of food technologists was creating processes and technologies that enabled better and more efficient centralized production of food to feed a rapidly growing population. However, we are now at a tipping point where technology has enabled a great transition towards more decentralized production, where cities, neighborhoods and even our homes will eventually become points of production for a significant amount of our daily food intake.  

James Ehrlich, CEO, ReGen Villages



Is The Next Rachael Ray a Refrigerator Star? (Panel)

If video killed the radio star, will the refrigerator kill the cable TV celebrity chef? As kitchen appliances and new countertop displays like the Echo Show act as channels for video content, will we see niche content and new content stars who are made in the Kitchen? Will the next generation of smart goods product managers now also be scheduling meetings with Creative Artists agency? We hope to answer those questions on this panel. 

Jay Holzer, Head of Content, TasteMade; Steve Abrahams, Microsoft; Beth Moncel, BudgetBytes; Moderator: Ashlee Clark Thompson, CNET



The Consumer Kitchen In The ERa Of Personalized food (talk)

New: See video of session here

While we are all used to picking food off of a menu or buying prepared meals in a grocery store, we know it's almost always an exercise of picking one-sized fits all food that has nothing to do with our own personalized taste and nutritional requirements. But due to rapid advancement in the ability to not only understand our specific dietary profile, but to also create specialized meals in almost realtime tailored towards our specific tastes and needs. Longtime food industry innovator and a leading voice in the personalized food movement Neil Grimmer will take a look at what the consumer kitchen could look like in the era of personalized food.

Neil Grimmer, CEO, Habit




Sponsor Workshop: "Cordless Kitchen: How Wireless Power Will Transform the Way We Use Our Kitchen"

Presented By Wireless Power Consortium"


Norcliffe Founders Room



The Sensing Kitchen: Digitizing The Senses (Panel)

New: See video of session here

What happens when we can detect and understand food in our kitchen through technology? Those days are coming closer and new technology is digitizing our five senses, allowing us to instantly understand nutrient and molecular make up of our food through digital eyes, noses and more. 

Shireen Yates, CEO, Nima

Dror Sharon, CEO, Consumer Physics

Tristan Rouselle, CEO, Aryballe

Moderator: Wilson Rothman, Wall Street Journal



The Home Cooking Robot: Recording and Recreating Food Anywhere (Panel)

New: See video of session here

What if Gordon Ramsey or Michael Voltaggio could cook for you tonight with the same consistency and authenticity that they do in their famed establishments? What if there was a “netflix” for food where you can try out a version of mac and cheese as cooked by an artisanal cook in Nebraska? A chef robot may be the nexus of the convergence of connected data, recipes, food and people, and in this session we look at the current state of the art and we talk to these robotics pioneers about the state of home robotics, culinary robots and the opportunities they see for the industry at large.

Giacomo Marini, CEO, Neato Robotics

Drazen Drnas, CEO, GammaChef

Khalid M. Aboujassoum, CEO, Else Labs

Moderator: Lisa McManus, America's Test Kitchen



Reinventing Food Appliances For The Internet of Everything (Fireside)

 How does a company reinvent itself in the age of IoT, AI and big data? And more importantly, how does it use those technologies to improve the customer experience? In this fireside chat, we talk to two leaders charged with helping established brands innovate their way into the future about the transformative impact of new technologies and how it will impact the consumer relationship. 

Chris McGugan, General Manager, Innovation & Kenmore, Sears

Larry Portaro, Director, GE FirstBuild

Interviewer: Carley Knobloch, HGTV Smart Home Expert



    Content As Cooking Fuel: The Story Of Tasty's One Top

Over the past couple years, Buzzfeed's Tasty helped pioneer a new format for recipes that has catapulted them to the top of the world's leading video publishers. Now, the company is turning those same catchy quick-watch cooking videos watched by billions into software-powered cooking experiences to power their own cooking appliance, the Tasty One Top.  In this fireside chat, Michael Wolf discusses the evolution of Tasty from viral recipe content site to a creator of a connected hardware product. 

Claire King, Head of Culinary, Tasty

Talia Halperin, GM - Commerce, Tasty

Interviewer: Michael Wolf, The Spoon



Announce Winner of Startup Showcase 


LUNCH BREAK 12:55-1:45

Sponsor Workshop: "Thermomix: Smart Cooking Made Simple"


Norcliffe Founders Room



The afternoon breakout sessions are concurrent content tracks.  Attendees will be able to choose which sessions to attend and can switch between tracks during the breaks between each session. Video of each track will be available for attendees so they can see content from both tracks after the Summit. 

Recital Hall

1:45-2:15: Kitchen TV: The Community Screen? (See video of session here)

Yoon Lee, Head of Innovation, Samsung; Esme Williams, Allrecipes; Amanda Rottier, NY Times, Moe Lastfogel, Retail Observer   

2:20-2:50: RIP Microwave: Here Comes RF Cooking (See video of session here)

Yuval Ben-Haim, President, Goji Solutions; Dan Viza, Marketing Director, RF Heating, NXP; Klaus Werner, RF Energy Alliance; Michael Wolf, The Spoon

2:55-3:25: Cooking Appliances 2025: A Look Into The Future (See video of session here)

Michael Natkin, CTO, ChefSteps; Kevin Brown, CEO, Innit; David Rabie, CEO, Tovala; Keith Barry, Reviewed.com

3:30-4:00: Shared Plate: How The Sharing Economy Impacts Food & Cooking (See video of session here)

David McIntyre, Global Head of Food, Airbnb; Chetan Narain, Product Manager, UberEats; Interviewer: Brian Frank, FTW



1:45-2:15: Don't Brick My Fridge (See video of session here)

Joe Britt, CEO, Afero; Cristian Ionescu, Renesas; Chris McGugan, Head of Innovation & Kenmore, Sears; Jonathan Cobb, COO, Ayla Networks; Moderator: Richard Gunther, Universal Mind & Home:On Podcast

2:20-2:50: The Internet of Food (See video of session here)

Dr. Matthew Lange, UC Berkeley, IC-Foods

2:55-3:25: Exploring The Intersection of Virtual Reality & Food (See video of session here)

Jinsoo An, Project Nourished; Basheer Tome, Hardware Interface Designer, Google VR; John du Pre Gauntt, The Augmented City; Moderator, Ashley Daigneault, The Spoon

3:30-4:00: The Precision Revolution: Beyond Sous Vide (See video of session here)

Bill Mitchell, CEO, PicoBrew; Joe Behm, CEO, Behmor; Eric Norman, CEO, Cinder; Moderator: Sharon Franke



Sponsor Workshop: "Coding for Cooking: How Chefs & Engineers Can Work Together to Ship Better Products" 

Presented by Hestan Smart Cooking


Norcliffe Founders Room




The Final Five are five individual, visionary talks about the future. They are meant to inspire and inform attendees so they can go home and catalyze action for their startup, big company or individual careers.


"Reinventing Retail" - Josh Shabtai, Director, Labs Productions & Operations, Lowe's Innovation Labs 





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Taste As Technology: Exploring Personalized Taste - Mikel Cirkus, Global Director Conceptual Design, Flavors Division, Firmenich


Gamifying Food: Applying Video Game Concepts To Cooking As a Recipe For Monetization - Kevin Yu, CEO, SideChef

See Video Of Talk


Imagining A Printed Food Future - Vaiva Kalnikaitė, CEO, Dovetailed

See Video Of Talk


You are Eating Software - Jon Jenkins, Director of Engineering, Hestan Smart Labs

See Video Of Talk