This article was published on 3 August 2017
A week-long innovation festival in the Bay of Plenty signposts the way ahead for business not only in the region but throughout the country according to Callaghan Innovation’s Hēmi Rolleston.
Groundswell, taking place 7-13 August and centred on Tauranga, is being supported by Callaghan Innovation who are hosting former NASA aerospace engineer Sinead O’Sullivan as well as providing inhouse experts.
It will canvass innovations in marine, health, agriculture, education, creative arts, sports and the Māori economy. The Māori economy, which a recent report valued at $50 billion, is a significant and growing contributor to the New Zealand economy.
“Not a moment goes by without innovation occurring somewhere in the world: a breakthrough in biotech, an advance in aviation or in agritech and so on. Our business is helping Kiwi businesses succeed through ensuring they know about and embrace innovation and technology,” Mr Rolleston, General Manager Sectors, said.
Events like Groundswell allow Kiwi businesspeople, entrepreneurs and innovators to hear from international thought leaders like Sinead O’Sullivan, now CEO of Fusion Space Technologies and a Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Fellow, and to connect with one another.
“It’s a unique professional development opportunity for those already in business, and a great taster for young people just starting out.”
Callaghan Innovation is also contributing to:
- Surviving the Future, a half-day workshop introducing practical tools to help add new value streams
- Sports Innovation Forum where contributors include Nike Innovation Developer Wade Flanagan, talk through the ‘head to toe’ of sports performance innovation
- WaitāX: The Innovator Next Door which is part of a series of events building on last month’s Matariki XPonential, connecting Māori businesses with each other to share lessons and advice.
Media contact (including requests for interviews with Sinead O’Sullivan after 7 August): Frances Ross 029 261 0086