Govtech: Auckland Council's data is open for business

Thu 24 May 7:30 — 9:30am

GridAKL / 12 Madden St, 12 Madden St, Auckland

Join us to hear how Auckland Council data is building valuable tech solutions for Aucklanders!
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Techweek’18 plays a big part in telling Auckland's innovation story and encourages people in Auckland's innovation 'ecosystem' to work together to promote our innovation and entrepreneurship. The Techweek’18 philosophy is ‘innovation that is good for the world’ and this event within the festival is an opportunity for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to showcase how entrepreneurs can access Auckland Council-held data to develop tech based solutions to better serve ratepayers.

Join us for a breakfast session to hear a series of speakers present their various projects that are using Auckland Council data to build valuable tech solutions for Aucklanders, including:

  • Project Bruce, a new system to manage data about assets wherever they may be and however they may be represented;
  • How Auckland Transport is making their data available for Hackathons and private sector innovation; and
  • How Figure.NZ utilises numerical data to tell stories.


  • 7:30am – 8:00am: Buffet breakfast and networking
  • 8:00am – 9:00am: Speaker slots (5 x 12 mins each)
  • 9:00am – 9.20am: Q&A session
  • 9:30am: Event concludes
  • Apps
  • Breakfast
  • Community
  • Data
  • Government
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Lillian Grace is the CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, an organisation that sees numbers as a language that hold our stories – whether it be that there are 42,000 registered labradors in NZ, 24 mushroom farms, or 60,000 births each year. Figure.NZ is the first organisation in the world to make numbers truly accessible for everyone, not just the experts. Lillian believes everyone will benefit when we can all better understand our context, and shift from debating about what is – to where we want to be and how to get there.
Mark is the Founder and CEO of Nextspace Ltd., which embodies his passion for “Smart Cities”, AI, IOT, BIM, 3D printing and product configuration management, AR/VR and MR, all with a goal to remove time and material waste from as many aspects of our lives as possible. Mark’s background is engineering, business and tech entrepreneurship. He is also a Judge in the NZ Hi-Tech awards, and provides mentoring and advice for NZ and International start-up companies.
Matt is Head of Innovation at Auckland Council and is leading on the development of Auckland Smart City Programme. He has a background in urban development utilising systems thinking approaches to embed sustainability and innovation in major infrastructure projects and programmes to deliver better outcomes.
Nick Hill is the CEO of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED). Nick has extensive experience across the private and public sector, including his role as CEO of the Commerce Commission and leading the formation of Sport & Recreation New Zealand. Before joining ATEED, Nick was a Partner of Martin Jenkins, where he established the firm’s Auckland practice.
Roger Jones is the CTO of Auckland Transport (AT). Roger has led the implementation of a digital approach within AT, including the establishment of a customer-centric innovation hub . He has seen the execution of several Safe Cities initiatives by utilising the latest CCTV and analytics technology to implement a citywide incident management system, and is an advocate for Smart City technologies in AT. Roger has extensive experience in the IT industry in both the private and public sectors, including the NZ Police, Air New Zealand and Fonterra.
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