The reThink Food Annual Leadership Conference is the first conference to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators at the intersection of technology, behavior, design, and food. Our assembled speakers, experts, and provocateurs will spotlight areas of innovation all along the food industry’s chain of supply and demand—from agriculture to the consumer food experience—and offer solutions for rethinking the future of food amidst radically changing food markets around the globe.

A unique collaboration between The Culinary Institute of America and the MIT Media Lab, the three-day conference invites chefs and other food industry leaders; academics; and innovators in R&D, technology, consumer package goods, marketing and related fields to join us for networking opportunities, cutting-edge research that will widen perspectives, and business-friendly solutions for the challenges and imperatives that face us.

Download the 2017 program schedule. Get a taste of what the conference is about with this one-minute video. You can also watch the 2016 webcast of all general sessions here.

Wednesday, November 1  
3 p.m. PDT Registration and Refreshments: Atrium (1st floor)
3:45 p.m. PDT reThink Food: Welcome and Overview
3:50 p.m. PDT Emcee Introduction
3:55 p.m. PDT Opening General Session
6:10 p.m. PDT reThink Flavor: Opening Flavor Discovery Reception: Atrium (1st floor)
7 p.m. PDT Program Concludes for the Evening
Thursday, November 2  
8 a.m. PST Napa Valley Breakfast: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
8:30 a.m. PDT Emcee Introduction
8:35 a.m. PDT General Sessions
10:10 a.m. PDT Networking Break & Walk to Breakout Sessions: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
10:30 a.m. PDT reThink Conversations (Breakouts A-1 - A-5)
12:30 p.m. PDT Walk-Around Networking Lunch: Jackson Family Wines Amphitheater (weather permitting)
1:30 p.m. PDT General Sessions
3:30 p.m. PDT Coffee and Networking Break: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
3:45 p.m. PDT General Sessions
5 p.m. PST reThink Reception: Startup Studio: An Evening of Ideas and Experiences: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
6 p.m. PST Program Concludes for the Evening
Friday, November 3  
8 a.m. PST Napa Valley Breakfast: Mezzanine (2nd floor)
8:30 a.m. PDT Emcee Introduction
8:35 a.m. PDT General Sessions
10:35 a.m. PST Networking Break + Walk to Breakout Seminars
10:50 a.m. PST reThink Conversations (Breakouts B-1 - B-5)
11:50 a.m. PST Walk Back to General Session
12 p.m. PST Closing Keynote
12:30 p.m. PST Closing Lunch
1:30 p.m. PST Conference Concludes