Discover the country that's innovating for a better world. Join us in Auckland for the official opening of the Techweek'18 Headline series
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Techweek NZ Headline Event

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Discover the country that's innovating for a better world. Join us in Auckland for the official opening of the Techweek'18 Headline series, the Good for the World Open Days, delivered in partnership with Trans Tasman Business Circle. You can choose to be part of the full two-day event in Auckland or select from one or more of the sessions within the programme individually - the choice is yours! 

The first session is an introduction to the Upstarters ­­— New Zealand’s leading innovators who are changing the way the way the world does business. This three-hour session is an entry point to New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem — discover its unique connectedness, its novel approach to doing business, and its driving force: solving global problems.

This session is followed by a customisable day and a half deep-dive into New Zealand technology and innovation; featuring optional panels, workshops and talks hosted by companies across Auckland on varied topics from AI to design-thinking, from blockchain to the future of work.

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Techweek NZ Headline Event


Derek Handley is a futurist and entrepreneur who is passionate about shaping a better New Zealand. He is currently Chief Innovation Officer at company-builder Human Ventures, co-founding industry-changing ventures alongside exceptional entrepreneurs.

He is also the founder of Aera, a New Zealand based charitable trust that invests in companies and causes tackling social issues in imaginative ways. Before this, he co-founded The B Team with Sir Richard Branson, a non-profit comprised of global leaders advancing better ways of doing business for people and planet.

Derek has helped found multiple digital media and technology companies, including The Hyperfactory, which launched six years before the iPhone was invented, and was among the first to help global brands navigate the mobile world. The company was acquired by Time Inc/Meredith Corporation in 2010, and shortly after, Derek was named in the 'Silicon Alley 100' most influential technology people in New York.

He is also the founding General Partner of Aera VC, on the board of Sky Television (NZX: SKT); an Adjunct Professor at AUT, was a formative member of the Air New Zealand Sustainability Advisory Panel (NZX:AIR); and a former New Zealand EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

As an aspiring astronaut with Virgin Galactic, Derek is hoping to rocket off to space in the coming years.
Iain Hosie is CEO and co-founder of Revolution Fibres Ltd, a global leader in nanofibre production. He leads the innovation team, business development, sales and marketing activities of the business. Iain has a BSc (biochemistry) from Massey University, and has a working background in environmental health, government policy, product development and sales. Iain is a passionate advocate for nanofibre and its possibilities in many sectors; and is equally passionate about NZ Science and Innovation being commercialized in both domestic and international markets.
Mat Rowe is the Managing Director of Dotterel Technologies, a Techstars backed company that develops and integrates noise reduction and audio technology for unmanned aerial vehicles.

Mat is formally trained in Chemical and Materials Engineering and Biotechnology and has helped lead several of New Zealand’s most innovative technology companies. Prior to Dotterel, Mat was a member of the founding team at international biofuels leader, LanzaTech. Mat is also former R&D Operations Manager of BioConsortia New Zealand where he led field trials of novel microbial seed treatments.

He is also the founding Director of Level Two, New Zealand's leading deep technology innovation hub, where Dotterel is also based. Over the past two decades Level Two has seen over 30 start-up companies begin their journey and collectively raise over $500M in venture capital.
Peter Beck is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, an orbital launch company revolutionizing access to space for small satellites. Peter is responsible for the birth of the space industry in New Zealand and has grown Rocket Lab to become a globally recognised industry leader in space.

Peter led a team of engineers to develop the ĀTEA-1 rocket in 2009, a launch that saw Rocket Lab become the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space. In 2013 Peter established the Electron orbital launch programme to develop the world's first fully carbon-composite launch vehicle, powered by the world's first 3D printed, electric turbopump-fed rocket engine.

Peter played an instrumental role in establishing international treaties and legislation, which enabled orbital launch capability from New Zealand. He also oversaw the development of the first and only private orbital launch range on the globe, located on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula.

Today, Peter has built a billion dollar company and leads a 200-strong team comprised of world class engineers and technicians across New Zealand and the United States. With its first successful orbital launch completed in January 2018 and many more to follow, Rocket Lab is driving the small satellite launch revolution.
Rod Oram is a New Zealand journalist writing on corporate, economic and political issues. He is a columnist for The Sunday Star-Times, a regular broadcaster on radio and television and a frequent public speaker. He is an adjunct professor in the business school at Unitec in Auckland and he has contributed to several regional economic development projects.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was born in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand, and grew up rurally. She attended high school before graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Politics and Public Relations.

The Prime Minister joined the New Zealand Labour Party at age 18 and entered New Zealand’s Parliament in 2008. Over her nine years as a representative she has been a strong advocate for children, women, and the right of every New Zealander to have meaningful work.

She became the MP for the Auckland electorate Mt Albert in early 2017, and the Leader of the Labour Party in August 2017. As well as Prime Minister, she holds the roles of Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, an issue particularly close to her heart.
Vic has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation. She brings a strong customer focus, and a track record of leading and implementing strategy, and building organisational culture.

Vic was previously the Managing Director of Xero, NZ and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.

She has been an Independent Director on the Boards of a number of companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.
Techweek NZ Headline Event


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