As part of Techweek in May, TECH-Xpectations connected the school-to-scaleup Innovation Escalator, providing an interactive platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by digital transformation. The event at the B:Hive in Takapuna bridged the gap between businesses, innovators and students in the Grow North Innovation District and was a collaborative initiative between ecentre, Massey Business School, Shore Junction, Smales Farm and Takapuna Beach Business Association.
Live demonstrations included KiwiQuads racing drones and indoor racing league, virtual reality for retail research from Massey University spinout company Consumer Insights, augmented reality from Curiat, and a number of tech-focused Impact Projects from students at Albany Senior High School.
“Seeing the enthusiasm of the high school students being exposed to leading edge tech was most memorable,” noted Dorian Scott, special projects manager at ecentre. “I’m sure students saw possible career paths for themselves.”
Everedge IP senior strategist Sarah Cross emceed the event, hosting an interactive, real-time discussion and problem-solving forum with experts across a wide variety of topics:
Digital Humans: Digital Humans with Mark Fitzgerald, FaceMe
Artificial Intelligence: Conversational Interfaces with Atilio Ranzuglia, Head of Technology, Aider.AI
Internet of Things: Sam Houghton, Digital Services, BECA
Bootstrapping vs Angel Funding with Jackie Young, Flying Kiwi Angels and technology investor Peter Knowles
Wearables with Andrew Wong & Rakesh Vallabh from iMeasureU
Agritech with Chris Wigley
Retail Tech with Dr John Murray, Senior Lecturer in Retail and Marketing, Massey University
MedTech with Richard Little and Faisal Almesfer, Exsurgo Rehab
Augmented Reality with Rob Hanks, Founder, Curiat
Gaming with Charlie Meaden Director, Metagame Technology
Logistics and Transport Technology with Tim Russell, Callaghan Innovation
Massey University’s business innovation incubator ecentre - a leader in innovation in North Auckland – links entrepreneurs with business mentors every day. Head to Sprint Programmes to find out how to enrol.