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Groundswell Festival

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This article was published on 6 July 2017

Callaghan Innovation is delighted to be a partner of the upcoming Groundswell Festival, Tauranga’s Inaugural Festival of Innovation. 

From 7-13 August, locations across Tauranga city will come alive with a range of events to showcase how our businesses and people are leading the way with new ideas, upskill the community through hands-on experiences, and offer access to national and international innovators. 

Sports Performance Innovation Forum

Wade Flanagan
Wade Flanagan

One of the featured events, is the Sports Performance Innovation Forum to be held at The University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance.  World-class athletes and researchers, including Nike Innovation Developer Wade Flanagan, walk you through the ‘head to toe’ of sports performance innovation. Find out more and register to attend at the Groundswell website


WaitāX: The Innovator Next Door

Proudly hosted by Callaghan Innovation and Priority One, WaitāX: The Innovator Next Door is part of a series of events extending the energy and momentum of Matariki XPonential. We're connecting Māori businesses with each other to share lessons and advice. Come and meet the innovators next door. Whether you’re rangatahi or an experienced business owner, WaitāX is coming to inspire you to ignite your innovation. Register online now to attend.

Fusion Space Technologies Chief Executive, Sinead O’ Sullivan

Sinead O’ Sullivan
Sinead O’ Sullivan

Callaghan is delighted to be supporting the involvement of Fusion Space Technologies Chief Executive, Sinead O’ Sullivan.  She will be involved in several events throughout the festival, discussing her role in projects with NASA, European Space Agency and the US Centre for Climate Change.


Three types of events on offer

There are 3 types of events to encourage everyone to get involved:
Dip Your Toes - Just beginning to learn about innovation? These events will help you gain a greater understanding of the 'i' word

Take A Swim - Keen to get more involved in the space? Improve your skills with one of our hands-on workshops

Deep Dive - Are you an experienced innovator? Upskill at one of our industry specific events

Many events are free or subsidised, so for more information, and to view the schedule of events, go to