Igniting Your Spark

Wed 23 May 8 — 10am

Spark Lab, 53 Tyler St, Auckland

Join Alexia Hilbertidou, Founder GirlBoss NZ, as she leads a panel discussion with four technology specialists whose work is changing lives.
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Alexia Hilbertidou, GirlBoss NZ Founder and Social Entrepreneur, leads a panel of four inspiring technology specialists, each of which started with a dream to use innovation for good and make a change in the world.  Alexia will discuss each of their unique journeys, uncover what it takes to develop a dream into a life changing innovation as well as provide insights to help others on the same journey.


Alexia Hilbertidou, at just 19 years old, Alexia has spoken to more than 30,000 young people, teachers and business professionals and at 18 she was selected by the US Embassy for the NASA SOFIA 2017 Southern Deployment. Alexia has a strong passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and changing the way we view the STEM culture. 


Dr Andrew McDaid, Founder of robotic rehabilitation OPUM  technologies, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Auckland  University. 2012 AMP National Scholarship winner.  Dr Daniel Xu, Developer of award winning UVLens, Co-founder and  CEO Spark 64 Ltd. 2015 AMP National Scholarship winner. Stuart Julian, Developer of emergency breathing apparatus to save  those trapped in snow, Mechanical Engineer. 2017 AMP National  Scholarship winner. Isabel Cowlishaw, Bachelor of Engineering student working to  develop prosthetics to help with cancer rehabilitation. 2017 AMP  National Scholarship winner.

  • Bio Science
  • Breakfast
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Machine Learning
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Alexia Hilbertidou is the founder of GirlBoss NZ, an organisation which encourages young women to embrance STEM, leadership and entrepreneurship. Her passion for gender equity is why she was named the most influential New Zealand woman under 25 at the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards.
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Dr Andrew McDaid is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland. He received a National AMP Scholarship in 2012 which he put towards developing robotics that can be worn on the body and help with recovery from neurological injuries and diseases.

In 2013, Daniel Xu co-founded Spark 64 Ltd a technology start up company. He won a National AMP Scholarship in 2015 which helped him to create UVLens, a product that provides people with an up to date UV report all over the world.
Issy Cowlishaw received the 2017 AMP Study Start Scholarship to study biomedical engineering. Inspired by a young girl she met while undergoing leukemia treatment in 2015, she hopes to one day design prosthetic limbs for others.
In 2017, Stuart Julian won a National AMP Scholarship to develop an emergency breathing apparatus to enable people to breathe when trapped under snow.
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