Matthew Rooda

SwineTech, Inc


Matthew Rooda graduated from the University of Iowa, with a degree in Enterprise Leadership and went through the pre-medicine track, studying Genetics and Biotechnology. He is now an MBA candidate in Finance and Marketing at The Johns Hopkins University.

In 2015, He co-founded SwineTech, Inc. to solve the global issue of labor inefficiencies and pig mortalities within the pork industry. Rooda led the SwineTech team through the Pearse Lyons Accelerator in Dublin, Ireland, raised more than $6 million in venture capital, has grown the team to 20+ employees, and managed business development efforts in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has won awards from Microsoft, MIT, Princeton, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, was named the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, and was selected as part of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 class in the category Manufacturing and Industry.


Digitizing the Swine Industry For People, Pigs, and Planet

SwineTech is an agtech company that was founded in 2015. It has been our mission to leverage digital devices and technology to improve the productivity, profitability, and welfare within the swine industry.

SwineTech is helping address the challenges tied to employee development, problem-solving, collaboration, and the implementation of new and evolving processes and technologies. These issues often lead to a lack of control, higher production costs, low employee satisfaction, poor data integrity, and higher pig mortalities. SwineTech's product PigFlow solves these problems by facilitating the day to day workflows, access to real-time information, and reports of on-farm productivity. PigFlow also helps drive the actions necessary to support and respond to autonomous equipment such as SmartGuard. SmartGuard is SwineTech’s autonomous flagship product that leverages voice recognition and behavioral monitoring to prevent little piglets from dying due to their mothers rolling on them during the birthing process. Additionally, it tracks the mothers behavior to quickly alert farm staff if an animal is in need of attention.

In this session, I will be discussing the challenges facing the swine industry and why data and automation cannot solve most of our problems.

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