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Innovation that’s good for the world

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This article was published on 8 February 2018

Callaghan Innovation is proud to support Techweek as it returns in 2018 bigger and better than ever. 

19-27 May 2018
Across New Zealand

Techweek is New Zealand's annual festival of innovation and technology. It provides kiwi innovators with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination, and an independent platform through which to amplify New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.

Techweek'17 included 287 events in 24 locations, and hosted more than 20,000 New Zealanders and visitors. In 2018, Techweek was even bigger, with stories and an event programme focussed on one simple idea: “Innovation that’s good for the world".

Headline event webcasts

Can't make it to all Techweek'18 headline events in person? We have a solution – This year we are providing free webcasts for the following Techweek’18 events

  • Up-starters
  • 10 Billion Mouths
  • Creative Realities
  • Fourth Revolution.

Headline events and conferences

This year Callaghan Innovation is supporting the following headline events and conferences: 

Good For The World Open Days

Monday 21 May -Tuesday 22 May

Good For The World Open Days - Techweek'18

Begin your Techweek journey at this event where you'll hear from New Zealand thought leaders and innovators as they discuss the importance of innovation that's good for the world. Over two days, you'll get the opportunity to take a deep-dive into New Zealand's innovation ecosystem, discover its unique connectedness, its novel approach to doing business, and participate in panels, workshops and talks hosted by innovative Kiwi companies.

MaD2018 – Manufacturing and Design Conference 2018
A Collaborative Future for NZ Manufacturing and Design

Monday 21 May - Tuesday 22 May


Join us in Auckland at MaD2018, the second national conference for innovation in manufacturing and design. Learn about exciting new manufacturing and design research and be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers. The MaD Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. #MaD2018

10 Billion Mouths

Missed our Agritech conference, 10 Billion Mouths, during Techweek? You can catch up on everything that happened at the Techweek'18 website: 10 Billion Mouths: the presentations.

Wednesday 23 May

World-leading dairy and horticultural industries have established New Zealand’s reputation as a producer of fine food, and now the country’s collaborative agricultural ecosystem is shifting its focus to the development of sustainable ways to feed the world. Will the future of food production rely on robots and data, or a global consumer shift toward alternative proteins? Join the discussion in Tauranga on 23 May and meet the new artisans of agricultural innovation that’s good for the world. 

Sport Performance Innovation Forum

Wednesday 23 May

Sport Performance Innovation Forum

New Zealand’s human performance sector – of which sport performance is a significant part – is estimated to be worth around $150 million annually. Globally the sector is growing rapidly and there’s an opportunity for New Zealand to better leverage its capability to develop this industry further. The Sport Performance Innovation Forum 2018 assists in growing and supporting the development of the sport performance system in New Zealand with keynote speakers Nicolas James, Indira Negi and SImon Van Velthooven, showcase sessions and workshops focussed on hot-topics: nutrition; visual tech; materials tech; and fan engagement/participation.

Creative Realities

Missed our creative tech conference Creative Realities during Techweek? You can catch up on everything that happened at the Techweek'18 website: Creative Realities: the presentations

Thursday 24 May

Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and work, and ensuring the impact of that change is good for humanity is a complex, creative endeavour. New Zealand’s creative industries are filled with innovative thinkers and tinkerers who are searching for ways to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges using technology as a creative tool.

Join us in Wellington on 24 May and meet the innovators who are inventing a future that’s good for the world. Speakers include Denise Chapman Weston, the world-renowned playologist and psychologist who uses interactive storytelling tools to enact social change, and the team from Soul Machines, the company that’s literally giving computers a human face.

The Fourth Revolution

Friday 25 May

New Zealand's high tech manufacturing sector is thriving, with innovators finding brilliant ways to turn unlikely materials into high value items, and to construct technology that is used in coveted products globally. Join us in Christchurch, the city of opportunity, and meet the New Zealand innovators who are building a better place.

New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2018

Hi-Tech Awards

Friday 25 May

The NZ Hi-Tech Awards celebrate New Zealand’s most successful high-tech companies and individuals. Judged by a panel of local and international judges, the awards recognise the best from a range of technology industries including electronics, software, biotechnology, creative, agritech, telecommunications and digital media. Callaghan Innovation is pleased to again be supporting the Māori Innovation Award category. Read more…

Further reading

  • Techweek'18 caught up with Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone to talk about how New Zealand ideas can change the world: 5 minutes with Vic Crone.