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Author of 'The Internet of Money'
Andreas is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”.
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CEO at Ngai Tahu Farming
Andrew is Chief Executive of Ngai Tahu Farming. Prior to this, he had his own consulting firm focussing on strategy, performance improvement, risk management & organisational alignment, for a range of industries incl. forestry, energy, agriculture, high-tech & the post quake Christchurch rebuild
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NZTE Regional Director, North America
Claudia has spent over fifteen years in the technology sector as a founder, advisor, mentor, board member and enthusiast. Claudia now helps Kiwi companies grow bigger, better, faster in the US. Claudia is a regular speaker on digital innovation, digital media and building businesses of the future.
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CEO and Co-founder of FaceMe
Danny is the CEO and co-founder of FaceMe. Danny Tomsett established his career in the Telecommunications and IT industry giving him a unique perspective and insight for inventing and developing “over-the-top” innovation. As CEO Danny leads the company with an absolute passion to disrupt front line customer service.
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Senior Data Scientist at Xero
Dr Kathryn Hempstalk has an extensive background in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science. She studied computer science at Waikato university where she gained a doctorate in 2009. Since then she’s worked as a researcher and data scientist in a variety of industries.
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Co-founder, International Space Consultants
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is co-founder of International Space Consultants, and space faculty and former Chief Impact Officer of Singularity University. She will showcase her satellite projects and her work building a space ecosystem in New Zealand.
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Founder of Tech Futures Lab
Founder of Tech Futures Lab and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, Frances has spent her career analysing the impact of disruptive tech and the process of innovation. Today she works in NZ and abroad with individuals and organisations navigating rapid technological advances and the future of work.
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Director of Punakaiki Fund
Lance is the founding director of Punakaiki Fund and a director of Lance Wiggs Capital Management, the manager of the fund. He is a director of several Punakaiki Fund investments, including InfluxHQ, Onceit, Weirdly, Vibe Communications, Boardingware, RedSeed, EverEdgeIP, Mindfull and Melon Health.
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Founder of She#
Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a focus on AI and natural language processing - she has a PhD in statistical machine translation and runs Google Computer Science workshops. With a passion for helping young women find a career in tech, she's the founder and director of the group She#.
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Founder of Magical Park
When the film industry went through a challenging period, Melanie Langlotz saw it as a timely opportunity to reconsider her career choice and move into Augmented Reality which led to Magical Park – a digital app that transforms a normal park into a digital playground.
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Electrical Systems Engineer, Rocket Lab
Naomi Altman is Electrical Systems Engineer at Rocket Lab, a company developing lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. Rocket Lab will be delivering payloads with their NZ-built, carbon-composite rocket ‘Electron' for the likes of NASA, Planet, Spire, and Moon Express.
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Chief Futurist Magic Leap
Neal is an American writer, known for his fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk.
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Head of Security at Xero
Paul Macpherson, Head of Security at Xero since 2015, has over 25 years experience in information security, compliance, risk management in the finance, law enforcement and professional services industries. He manages a global team of specialists to keep the business and customers safe in the cloud.
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CEO at Assignment Group
Peter is Chief Executive of Assignment Group, strategic advisers for some of NZ’s most successful companies. Peter is also the inaugural Chair of WREDA and Kea World Class New Zealander. Biggsy is an advocate for creativity, the arts & NZ on a global scale and a connector & mentor for NZ business.
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Founder of The Mixing Bowl
Rob Trice is the Founder of The Mixing Bowl. In 2013, he began to leverage his background in telecom, mobile and internet venture capital to the application of information technology to the food and agriculture sectors. He is also the Founder of Better Food Ventures.
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Creator of Ethereum
Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum and 2016 Fortune Magazine "40 under 40". He wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He is now the Ethereum Foundation Council President and leads Ethereum's research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
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Adrian is a seasoned media executive who has held senior leadership positions in NZ, Hong Kong, Dubai and South Africa.

He is CEO of the IABNZ, which represents NZ’s interactive advertising industry & holds a set on the t NZ Advertising Standards Authority Governance Board
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Alan has 20 years of experience in ICT and Project Management, and now manages the operational ICT for Environment Canterbury. He was central to the project to design, build and transition to the new building including the installation of a POL networking solution for over 450 staff.

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Part of the Dexibit team, Alex has always been a professional curious-person, exploring the space between data, storytelling, and design. When she isn’t hustling at start-ups, she is likely coding or designing a side project, flying with the circus, or off investigating the wilderness.
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NZ Cosmeceuticals is a boutique cosmeceutical company dedicated to developing original, top quality, efficacious anti-aging and anti-blemish skin care products based on pollutant-free plant material from Oceania and high-tech biomolecules.
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Aliesha has been working in the media industry for over 12 years with the last 3 being in the VR 360 video industry working with clients from Africa, USA, Europe, Asia and NZ. She has pioneered the NZ VR industry and will be teaching her capture skills to camera technicians alike.
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Alina Siegfried manages communications and content at EHF, and believes in the power of story above almost everything else. A former TEDx speaker, Alina tells stories of impact and entrepreneurship in New Zealand to help solidify our reputation as an incubation nation for global impact.
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Alyona's academic background is in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. She specialises in extracting meaning from text and has worked with companies like Google, Cisco and Microsoft. She is CEO of Thematic which helps businesses understand customer feedback and customer sentiment.
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Every design challenge is a chance to learn and collaborate to do something new. Currently, Amelia is combining her knowledge (and love) of intelligence analysis and analytics to the design of customer and user experiences to create smart, measured interactions.#numbercrunch'n4design #lovesthedata
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Andreas is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and well-respected figures in bitcoin. He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin” and “The Internet of Money”.
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With quite an impressive history, Andrew Blakey has always been on the forefront of IT - taking advantage of modern technologies, products and processes during his time in various roles at different organisations including Navman for more than 10 years. Andrew is now Development Manager at TVNZ.
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Maker, Coder, Tinkerer, Trustee, Robot whisperer. I talk a lot.
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Andrew is broadly experienced & networked across food & agriculture over a 35-year career spanning the spectrum from discovery science to commercial success.
Andrew’s long and unusual career has been focused in equal measures of research, commercialisation and investment.
In 2014 Andrew co-founded BioPacific Partners, partnering with some of the largest global companies investing and engaging with local innovation.
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Andrew is Chief Executive of Ngai Tahu Farming. Prior to this, he had his own consulting firm focussing on strategy, performance improvement, risk management & organisational alignment, for a range of industries incl. forestry, energy, agriculture, high-tech & the post quake Christchurch rebuild
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Angeline has more than 20 years of diverse international innovation and leadership experience in markets such as Japan, China, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. Angeline has led cross- functional teams across innovation, strategy development, market expansion and R&D execution. Her leadership has resulted in over 800 innovations launched across grocery and quick service restaurants with blue chip FMCG companies
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CEO and Founder of RedSeed. RedSeed is a system that grows sales through giving the team the skills to delight customers. The results speak for themselves; on average we lift sales by 12% over three years.
The RedSeed system brings together your sales associates and your supervisors, to ensure real change of behaviour, so your customers love shopping with you!
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Appointed to the role of Chief Digital Officer, Avi joined Air New Zealand in January 2016 with responsibility for leading the airline’s Digital function. Playing a leading role in the strategy to engage digitally with customers across multiple international markets in a way that is relevant to them through new and emerging channels.
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An internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, digital imaging expert and visual effects (VFX) pioneer with over 30 patents and 30 years of feature film & TV accomplishments including productions for all the major Hollywood studios, TV networks and several cable networks.
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With a background of wiz-bang electronics and firmware, Berwyn brings over 20 years of business experience. Drawing from a depth of involvement with exciting teams, he adds a robust and reliable foundation based on deep knowledge of the industry.
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A qualified accountant in NZ and the USA, with over 30 years' commercial business experience gained in roles as GM, CFO, business investor and advisor in businesses in the US, UK and NZ. My specialties are capital raising, preparing companies for investment, startup valuation and governance.
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Brett is a 20-year veteran in Sales and Marketing for companies such as IBM, Oracle and Wang. With deep knowledge of ERP solutions, Brett spearheads the Halo effort to penetrate the Asia Pacific market with Halo's many supply chain analytics offerings. Brett has a degree in Behavioral Psychology.
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Brett is Associate Director of Datacom's Digital, Customers & Collaboration Group which specialises in delivering business transformation and enablement via strategic advisory services and CX / UX design capability coupled with deep design and build expertise across a broad set of web, mobile, CRM, collaboration and BI / analytics technology platforms.
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In 2009, Bruce led the company in developing its water and effluent compliance services to the AgriTech sector with M2M and IoT technologies. This area has provided strong growth for the company and offers a number of exciting opportunities going forward both locally and overseas.
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Bryan was the original founder of Brush, and his eye for the artistic is key to our motto, “the art of good design”. His skills in both the design and the database aspects of large-scale web products provide real value for our customers.
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A transmedia producer for over 15 years, Ms. Burns has developed storyworlds and sustainable multiplatform strategies for franchises ranging from global blockbuster feature films, award-winning television shows, AAA console games and Virtual Reality.
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I run WNT Ventures an early stage fund and technology incubator actively establishing and building companies from the ground up. We establish and nurture businesses based on intellectual property and novel technologies, primarily sourced from New Zealand publicly funded research organisations.
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BioConsortia are developing microbial consortia for increasing agricultural yields. They have developed a revolutionary Advanced Microbial Selection process, which uses directed selection to discover beneficial teams of microbes to improve trait performance in a crop.
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Cather Simpson joined the University of Auckland in 2007. Her research spans fundamental spectroscopy to applied device development. She is a Principal Investigator two operating national Centres of Research Excellence, on the Executive Committee of one and an Associate Investigator in another.
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After studying theoretical physics in Germany, he worked on the protocol and as lead tester for Ethereum, building a blockchain which enables smart contracts as the fundamentals of a new decentralized economy. He authored "The DAO", a decentralized autonomous organization running on the blockchain.
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Claudia has spent over fifteen years in the technology sector as a founder, advisor, mentor, board member and enthusiast. Claudia now helps Kiwi companies grow bigger, better, faster in the US. Claudia is a regular speaker on digital innovation, digital media and building businesses of the future.
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Claudine is a third year Bachelor of Creative Technologies student that specialises in concept design, visual art, wearable technology, and e-textiles. Her passion is creating visually appealing, innovative pieces of technology that spark imagination, trigger conversation and educate people.
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Craig is the new Country Manager for Xero New Zealand. He has been with Xero for several years, and returns to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, where he led Xero's entrance into the European, Middle Eastern and South Africa markets. Craig is a key member of Xero’s global sales leadership team.
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Responsible for internal and external communications through digital channels for the New Zealand Fire Service.
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Craig is the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of NZ (TUANZ) which as a member based organisation that has a proud history of providing leadership in representing the views and needs of the people and businesses that rely on communications technology every day.
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Crispin Hales (PhD, CEng, FIMechE) has >45 year's experience in engineering design. Since 1989 he has worked in forensic engineering, investigating a wide range of mechanical failures, explosions and accidents mostly in the USA. He is actively involved in engineering design research internationally.
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Daniel Barber is the VP of Sales at Datanyze. He has a keen interest in cross-cultural management, behavioural science, and leadership development.
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In 15 years of product design and development, Daniel has worked for Tait Communications, Cubic Defence and most recently Fisher & Paykel Appliances. He helps clients realise their product design and development vision and has particular expertise in ideation, problem-solving and advanced analysis.
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Danny is the CEO and co-founder of FaceMe. Danny Tomsett established his career in the Telecommunications and IT industry giving him a unique perspective and insight for inventing and developing “over-the-top” innovation. As CEO Danny leads the company with an absolute passion to disrupt front line customer service.
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David joined Movac as a partner in 2006 and has primary responsibility for deal evaluation, driving our Asia strategy, and contributing to investee company Boards.

Prior to joining Movac, David was an entrepreneur and spent five years running his own SaaS businesses in New Zealand and the UK.
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Klein received a Bachelor of Science from Canterbury University in 2011. After a stint on student radio which led to an interest in presenting, Tour de Science was born. Cycle into town with a bike full of simple props, present a science show in a town hall, then cycle to the next town.
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Deborah advises clients on the protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property, concentrating on branding and trade mark matters. She has a particular interest in working with companies in the ICT industries.
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SharePoint Administrator and DBA, Ngai Tahu
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Diana, Senior Lecturer, Technology Academy, EDENZ has 17 years experience in the software industry, including programming, software quality management and project management. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
Diana enjoys teaching and progressing her research.
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Diana, Senior Lecturer, Technology Academy, EDENZ has 17 years experience in the software industry, including programming, software quality management and project management. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Diana enjoys teaching and progressing her research.
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Greg is the Managing Director of Bodeker Scientific, which was the lead organisation in the successful funding bid for CSST (Centre for Space Science Technology). Greg is based in Alexandra, and comes from a background in atmospheric research
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Dr Kathryn Hempstalk has an extensive background in machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science. She studied computer science at Waikato university where she gained a doctorate in 2009. Since then she’s worked as a researcher and data scientist in a variety of industries.
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Dr. O’Sullivan is a doctor, creator of revolutionary health programs, pioneer for equal health care and champion for a fairer New Zealand. He was named New Zealander of the Year 2014 and has received numerous other awards for his commitment to bridging the gap in healthcare using technology.
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Taehyun is Senior Lecturer of School of Engineering and Computer Science. His current research activity is focused on perceptually based rendering and lighting, mixed reality rendering, realistic human body modeling and animation.
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Will is experienced in commercialising new technologies through securing IP, and fund-raising. Will works across all aspects of the early stage value chain, to assist technology start-ups, investors, venture capitalists and larger companies looking to partner or engage with start-ups.
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Dr Jen Blank is an astrobiologist working at the NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Currently, she spends part of her time working with the Mars Curiosity science team and has operational responsibilities for ChemCam, the laser instrument on the rover.
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Mark is one of the most widely published researchers in Mixed and Augmented Reality. Prior to joining the University of South Australia he was Director of the HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and he has previously worked at British Telecom, Nokia, Google and the MIT Media Laboratory.
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Duncan specialises in all aspects of patents, registered designs and copyright and their commercialisation. He regularly works with a range of tech companies to understand their needs and business goals and align their intellectual property strategy to match these goals.
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For the last 6 years I've worked with my partner Ben Young, growing Young + Shand into one of New Zealand's leading Digital Agencies. Over this time we've grown a team of over 60 people, set up a joint venture development centre in India and got a software startup up and running in New York.
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Edward has worked on some of the biggest VR sets of the last 18months including the likes of Suicide Squad. He is the mind behind our custom camera solutions and built the worlds first fire proof VR camera system used last year by the New Zealand Fire Service.
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Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is co-founder of International Space Consultants, and space faculty and former Chief Impact Officer of Singularity University. She will showcase her satellite projects and her work building a space ecosystem in New Zealand.
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Emma is an experienced business professional with diverse strategic and operational expertise derived from years as a lawyer, agribusiness executive, entrepreneur, start up mentor, and executive coach. Emma is a co-founder and the CEO of AgriDigital.
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Erica Anderson is a Senior Security Engineer at Xero. Her passion is helping people find their light bulb moment when they understand something new, and volunteer time educating young and not-so-young about information security and other technology related subjects.
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Evan Cummack is a Product Manager at Twilio in San Francisco. Day to day, he drives Product and Engineering for a business unit building global wireless infrastructure for IoT and communications.
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Farhad Mehdipour has a PhD in Computer Systems Architecture. He has participated in many joint projects with the industry in Japan and has initiated several interdisciplinary R&D projects - particularly on IoT-enabled smart cities and systems as well as data analytics.
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Founder of Tech Futures Lab and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, Frances has spent her career analysing the impact of disruptive tech and the process of innovation. Today she works in NZ and abroad with individuals and organisations navigating rapid technological advances and the future of work.
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Founder of Tech Futures Lab and Chair of The Mind Lab by Unitec, Frances has spent her career analysing the impact of disruptive tech and the process of innovation. Today she works in NZ and abroad with individuals and organisations navigating rapid technological advances and the future of work.
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Ganeshan has decades of experience teaching in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the USA. He loves learning and facilitating learning. He has a holistic approach to engaging all kinds of learners regardless of whether they are learning theory or practical skills.
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Ganeshan, Head of Technology Academy at EDENZ has over 45 years experience in Engineering and Computing. He has taught UG and PG students in Singapore, Australia, USA and New Zealand.

He is a strong advocate and practitioner of blended learning, evolving pedagogies and the use of open course-ware.
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George Gong is Co-founder and General Partner of Zino Ventures. George is a successful tech entrepreneur who has listed a company in China, and is an experienced angel investor and general partner of Jubilee Capital Management - USD$100m growth fund based in Singapore.
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Blockchain and cryptocurrency consultant, advisor to global financial institutions, startups and law firms. He recently co-authored a seminal report on blockchain architecture with KPMG and Gilbert & Tobin and worked with Brian Kelly Cap Mgmt, a NYC hedge fund to re-architect Nautiluscoin into NSYS.
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Passionate about disruptive startups, big data, training development and analytics. Speaks globally on innovation in learning analytics, adaptive learning, assessment and measurement. Enjoys strategic and creative thinking and exploring new business models.
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After graduating from WelTec with a Diploma of Engineering electrotechnology, Gordon worked for several years in industry before establishing Fre3formd. Through his business Gordon manufactures and sells rep-rap 3D printers of his own design and offers consulting services related to 3D printing.
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Grant Carter heads up robotics in NZ for global power and automation company ABB. He works to deliver creative solutions by combining local skilled engineering expertise with world leading tech. Bringing together suppliers, integrators and end users, Grant fosters innovation and collaboration.
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Greg Murphy is the Founder of Unleashed Software, a powerful online inventory management solution used around the world as part of the ever-growing SaaS ecosystem.
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Hamish is a Systems Management Specialist with a passion for efficient application deployment using DevOps methodologies.

He has 18 years IT experience in managing large scale databases on JADE & SQL Server technologies.


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Following graduation in 2016 from the University Auckland (BA/BCOM) Hayley worked part time at KPMG whilst working on a start-up,Clove.Previously, she founded a student organisation called Social Innovation New Zealand. She splits her time between Clove and working in Product Marketing at Microsoft.
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Helen is a front end engineer /creative who works remotely for US healthcare startup Hospital IQ. She co-founded the Mental Health in Tech meetup, through which she hopes to help remove the stigma of speaking up about mental illness.
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Henry has spent over half a decade leading the design and delivery of digital engagement for the world's top tier entertainment companies such as Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures.

His background enabled him to found the global VRAR Studio 'Corvecto', specialized in delivering professional VR/AR solutions from small to multi-billion dollar organisations around the world in all manner of industry sectors.
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Holly founded Pixc.com and has a background in eCommerce, online marketing, outsourcing and graphic design.
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Ian joined KPMG London in 1992 having obtained a BSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick. He joined KPMG Auckland in 1996 with any role changes over his time, is now the Global Head of Agribusiness for KPMG in 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Auditor. Ian is the author of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, a series of thought leadership reports which have been produced annually since 2010.
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Ivan is founder and CEO of Promapp Solutions. Promapp is cloud based process improvement software used by 500+ organisations globally including Toyota, Coca Cola and Uber. Ivan owns overall revenue targets and is the Promapp product owner.
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Jade is Founder & Director of social enterprise Kakano Cafe & Cookery school in Christchurch, with the kaupapa of engaging food sovereignty & food resilience and working with whanau. Jade is passionate about preserving the quality of the whenua/land and protecting food systems for future generations
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Avertana has developed a patented process to refine valuable minerals and chemicals from industrial waste. Avertana’s process uses innovative chemistry, advanced materials, and novel process design to make raw materials for everyday products at lower cost, with less environmental impact.
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James is a connector, working on leading edge projects and pioneering new paths with an eye for trends in our exponential world. Following on from two years of building a national grassroots network for Transition Towns Aotearoa (2008-9), James had the pleasure of being part of the early conversations and experiments that founded Ooooby (out of our own back yards).
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Jason has been working as an on set capture technical and VR operator and is one of the most skilled operators in the country. He will be going through all the different camera specifications and why you would select each for projects.
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Jason is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Zino Ventures, who have launched New Zealand's first Chinese Angel Fund. While seeking investment opportunities and helping startups​ to acquire funding, Jason is pushing to break the barriers that hold back New Zealand’s startup growth in China.
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Originally from Bristol in the UK with experience in a wide range of roles in the tech sector, Jessica has been working at Beyond for the past two years. With a passion for supporting women in the tech space through sharing knowledge.
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Jo is co-founder and president of Fuel50, a HR SaaS product delivering value to clients such as eBay, MasterCard, Citibank and more. Fuel50 has successfully secured a foundation of US, UK, LATAM, and Australasian clients over the last 4 years, leveraging local angel investment to build a scalable sales model.
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Joanne has been with IAG since July 2015. Based in Wellington, her role is focusing on leading her team to provide exceptional customer support for our IAG staff.
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Jodie completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Human Genetics in 2012, followed by honours research in intracellular mitochondrial transfer in a brain cancer model. In 2015 Jodie joined the Malaghan Institute as a Research Officer in the Allergy and Parasitic Diseases Programme.
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John D. Halamka, MD, MS, International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical, CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess System, and a practicing emergency physician. He has written 5 books, articles, and the Geekdoctor blog. Halamka has been responsible for health care data standards in the US, under the Bush and then the Obama administration.
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John Heard is first and foremost a technologist who thinks a lot about how that will impact everyone in the future. In his current role as CTO at Smart Parking Technology, he's envisioning the next (and beyond) version of a real time data processing and visualisation platform.
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Director | BE Mech (Hons) NZCE (Mech) Jonathan has had the privilege of working for some of New Zealand’s leading design companies, including Tait Radio
Communications, Formway, Intercad, and has extensive experience in mechanical engineering, as well as sales, business development, and management.
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Josh is an Educational Technology Advisor at Toi Ohomai Institute of TechnologyJosh is currently interested in adding interactive elements into 360 video to give students content rich spatial learning experiences.
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Josh has an enviable track record and with 90 Seconds Josh implements great customer engagements across multiple platforms. 90 Seconds is a NZ success story providing cloud video creation platform anywhere on the planet with over 1,000 global brands in over 70 countries
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Kaidi is former CEO of Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. She co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000. She is founder of the blockchain based global stock exchange Funderbeam.
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Kaila is the New Zealand Ambassador for Singularity University. She is also co-founder and Chair of Ministry of Awesome, Curator of TEDxChristchurch, Chair of the New York-based Natural Gourmet Institute, Deputy Chair of CORE Education Ltd, a board member of CDCH Ltd and a Certified ExO Consultant.
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Karl has had a passion for technology. At University his research was on how the internet can bring communities together. He then moved on to NZ's largest website, helping to create the #1 real estate portal in the country. Now his aim is to help shape the next generation to tech graduates.
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Kashyap Chandrasekar currently manages the Robotics Technology Centre for Crown Equipment. With more than a decade of experience in pioneering organisations, he has his finger on the pulse of robotics and autonomous vehicles.
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Kate Pearce is a Senior Security Consultant for Cisco. She has spoken at many security conferences and has recently been awarded the iSANZ’s Best International Superstar. Her true loves are application security enablement, complex systems security, and cross-discipline security analogues.
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Kate Pearce is a Senior Security Consultant for Cisco. She has spoken at many security conferences and has recently been awarded the iSANZ’s Best International Superstar. Her true loves are application security enablement, complex systems security, and cross-discipline security analogues.
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Kerry Topp is the General Manager, Transformation & Innovation, at Datacom Limited.
He has been working in the Technology industry for almost 20 years covering such diverse roles of project management, programme directorship, consulting and general management. After moving from Air New Zealand in 2010, Kerry joined Datacom as General Manager where he led the team to grow from 3 business units to 4 and from 70 to 120 people over 4 years.
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Kevin Park is Vodafone's xone Manager, responsible for “combining Vodafone’s capability with the vision of each individual company to identify and unlock commercial opportunities.” He has supported and advised in over 200 technology startups and is an investor in a number of Kiwi Startups.
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Krystal is the mind behind our interactive 360 video experience and managed the team that create the patient preparation hospital game released in March fro Auckland District Health Board. She will be going over the ins and outs of game development in live action vr and photogrammetry workflows
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Lance is an Independent investment and business advisor providing investment readiness consultancy through Better by Capital and Return on Science investment committees, direct investments through LWCM and Punakaiki Fund and advice and directorships through LWCM and Lance Wiggs Consulting.
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Lance is the founding director of Punakaiki Fund and a director of Lance Wiggs Capital Management, the manager of the fund. He is a director of several Punakaiki Fund investments, including InfluxHQ, Onceit, Weirdly, Vibe Communications, Boardingware, RedSeed, EverEdgeIP, Mindfull and Melon Health.
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Lauren Peate leads candidate attraction at EHF, bringing vast experience working with startups in Silicon Valley, Arizona, the Middle East and Latin America. Lauren believes that startups will solve the world’s problems only when they represent the diversity of the world’s people.
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Lauren became a Security Operations Analyst at BNZ while studying towards a Batchelor of Information Technology, majoring in Information Security. She’s now putting her learning into practice while working in a team that monitors and manages the operational side of Information Security.
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Lee has been with IAG since Oct 2015. Based in Christchurch, her role is to deliver customer-led improvements to the AMI and STATE insurance brands.
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Leigh Flounders is CEO of Latipay, a fast-growing Auckland-based FinTech company targeting Asian markets. Leigh leads a multicultural team and has been involved at both client and vendor levels across central government, banking and finance, insurance, media, utilities and charity verticals.
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Leigh is CEO of Latipay, winner of Australia NZ Internet Awards Tech Start Up Of The Year 2016. Over the last 15yrs he's worked at client & vendor levels across government, banking/finance, insurance, media, utilities & charity verticals. Prior to Latipay he founded first to market disruptor Switch.
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Lewis is Head of Ventures at Westpac NZ. Ventures’ role at Westpac is twofold – to pioneer innovative thinking within a traditional environment and create tangible ventures for customer and Westpac benefit.
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Lillian is CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ, on the Data Futures Partnership Working Group, on the Expert Advisory Panel of the Open Government Partnership, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of NZ’s Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini.
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Linda is the Result 9 Better for Business Manager of Strategic Directions at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In this role, Linda is a leader at the forefront of moving government into more customer-centric service delivery, using innovative tools and digital channels.
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Maes is a BEng (Hons) graduate in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UoA. Her career choice was driven by her passion to improve the quality of life of her community. She pushes for environmentally sustainable and innovative design, and volunteers to teach children science in her spare time.
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Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a focus on AI and natural language processing - she has a PhD in statistical machine translation and runs Google Computer Science workshops. With a passion for helping young women find a career in tech, she's the founder and director of the group She#.
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Malcolm Hardy is the Head of School of Applied Technology at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology. Malcolm ran his own project management company for 25 years before entering education in 2000. He is responsible for over 65 staff,programme development and the senior leadership of the institute.
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Mandy is the CEO of consultancy Cyber Toa, helping companies who handle sensitive financial or personal data to dramatically improve their cyber security. She has deep capital markets expertise, including as Chief Operating Officer at NZX, and is a strong advocate of blockchain technology.
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Mandy is a finance & technology leader with a passion for growing businesses and exploring opportunities created by exponential technologies. She is a Singularity University speaker on information security & blockchain technology; and is passionate about lifelong learning and the benefits it brings
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Marc is a Security Monitoring Specialist, specialising in Security Incident Event Management (SIEM) at BNZ. He has specialist certifications and knowledge on the Cyber Kill Chain and Incident response.
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Marie -Claire Andrews is the founder of leading event app ShowGizmo. She is a business development, networking and capital-raising specialist.
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Hydroxsys is a clean-tech company founded on unique water extraction technologies aimed at the mining, dairy and other industries requiring water extraction or remediation.
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Future-focused education; innovative and inclusive learning environments.
My mission: to help all schools become awesomeness incubators.
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I have brought together a top performing team and together we devise our strategy, manage our multi-million dollar budget, select and realise new technologies and solutions then manage the asset lifecycle.
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Martyn is the Head of Information Security at BNZ. Following Senior roles across the Government and Private Sector, Martyn manages BNZ’s Information Security teams in Operations, Network, Identity, Architecture and Consulting along with the banks investment in Information Security and awareness.
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Martyn is the Head of Information Security at BNZ. Following Senior roles across the Government and Private Sector, Martyn manages BNZ’s Information Security teams in Operations, Network, Identity, Architecture and Consulting along with the banks investment in Information Security and awareness.
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Mat Rowe is CEO and Co-founder of Dotterel Technologies, a company who have developed award-winning noise-reducing drone technology. Dotterel won Most Innovative Product at last year's NAB Show (the largest showcase of media technology in the world).
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Matt Kennedy-Good will be moderating the webinar. He is head of business.govt.nz, the first stop for small businesses online. Before busnes.govt.nz, Matt was a small business owner, starting, running and selling technology and writing businesses. His background is in commercial law and compliance.
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When the film industry went through a challenging period, Melanie Langlotz saw it as a timely opportunity to reconsider her career choice and move into Augmented Reality which led to Magical Park – a digital app that transforms a normal park into a digital playground.
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Melissa Clark-Reynolds is widely recognised as an inspirational role model, digital specialist & entrepreneur. She represented NZ at the APEC Forum on encouraging Women Entrepreneurs, featured in Her Business magazine's Hall of Fame and was named as one of the 150 most powerful women in NZ Business.
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President and founder of WhereScape. Started in tech, moved into sales, and now doing what it takes to help grow a global big data and data warehouse automation software company. WhereScape now has a sustainable sales model with over 120 employees and an appreciation of how to get there
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Mikayla is a year 12 student at Western Springs College.She enjoys studying STEM subjects at school, building robots and making science projects.She is a volunteer for OMG tech and a youth representative on their board.Last year she won the the female Supreme winner of the ASB Bright Sparks Awards.
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My background is explaining stuff, connecting people and getting things done.
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Mohsen Pashna has a PhD in swarm robotics and the formation of algorithms of mobile sensor networks. He has been part of many projects in the field and has invented strategies for mobile robot configurations used in autonomous tracking of hard-to-predict objects like algae and rain forest fires.
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As Technology Innovation Manager at Accordo, Myles is responsible for the technology roadmap, ensuring that the company is building for tomorrow as well as today. He has a particular interest in cloud architecture, DevOps, APIs and cost reduction. His motto: Write less code, get more done.
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Naga, Associate Lecturer, NZ Technology Academy, Edenz Colleges is a data analyst and and trainer with local and international experience in the corporate and educational sector. His interest is in business data analytics and business intelligence.
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Naomi Altman is Electrical Systems Engineer at Rocket Lab, a company developing lightweight, cost-effective commercial rocket launch services. Rocket Lab will be delivering payloads with their NZ-built, carbon-composite rocket ‘Electron' for the likes of NASA, Planet, Spire, and Moon Express.
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Nathaniel sits on the Global Impact Faculty of Singularity University, helping to guide the institution’s strategy and curriculum around creating massive, positive global change. He founded CODE Innovation to help organisations like UNICEF and DFiD to use technologies more effectively.
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Neal is an American writer, known for his fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk.
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Nick is a Marlborough-based catalyst and social entrepreneur. He specialises in developing technology propositions from the ground up, and has been one of the pioneering leaders promoting New Zealand innovation globally for over a decade.
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I have experience in the NZ technology industry, in technical, sales & marketing roles. My career has involved helping businesses successfully develop, use or commercialise technology-based products & services.

A regular columnist in The Press, I am on the board of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust and Enable Services, the company responsible for building an UFB for Christchurch.
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Owen is managing director of Concentrate, a strategic marketing consultancy that helps Kiwi companies with specialised technology products successfully grow their markets. He is on the board of the Hi-Tech Trust, Enable Networks, and was previously on the board of NZSA and the Canterbury Tech.
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Patrick Hull is a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience launching successful companies. His innovative approach and integration of technology transformed the trucking sector.
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Paul leads the National Cyber Policy Office which coordinates the development and implementation of New Zealand’s cyber security policy. Paul was a career diplomat and was previously the Deputy Director of the International Security and Disarmament Division of MFAT.
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Paul Macpherson, Head of Security at Xero since 2015, has over 25 years experience in information security, compliance, risk management in the finance, law enforcement and professional services industries. He manages a global team of specialists to keep the business and customers safe in the cloud.
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Paul is an Associate Director within the EY Cyber Risk Advisory practice. As an Information Security professional with over 18 years security experience, he has a successful record of managing both operational teams and security transformation programmes with multi-million dollar budgets.
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Pauline is the co-founder and CEO of InsuredHQ, an innovative software solution for the insurance industry.
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Peter is Chief Executive of Assignment Group, strategic advisers for some of NZ’s most successful companies. Peter is also the inaugural Chair of WREDA and Kea World Class New Zealander. Biggsy is an advocate for creativity, the arts & NZ on a global scale and a connector & mentor for NZ business.
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Pip works as a lead industrial designer for Brand Developers Ltd where she is the link between engineers and designers. Holding a Bachelor of Design (Hons) in Industrial Design from Massey University, she now specialises in creating household items that combine clever engineering with aesthetics.
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Priscilla is NZTE's Singapore-based Investment Manager. She has over 7 years in mid-market M&A and has successfully closed 13 deals, valued over SGD 370M, across the region.
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Priti is an engineer who has spent the last six years working with global teams to grow early stage start-ups, for-profit and non-profit entities creating impact through digital collaboration and crowds. Priti is also co-founder of The Next Billion, which enables women business leaders.
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David holds a BSc & PhD from Exeter Uni, UK, plus a PGDip(Arts) in Philosophy from Otago. Previously he worked in Ireland, Canada and at the University of Oxford. A Fellow & President of the NZ Institute of Physics; Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) & member of the Institute of Directors, NZ.
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Thomas is Director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology. Previously Chair of Nanoscience at the University of East Anglia, UK & Professor at the Ian Wark Research Institute (University of South Australia). In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious ARC Future Fellowship.
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Raelene has been with IAG since February 1992, based in Auckland, she is a Platform Lead in the Customer & Digital – Core division.

She has a wide background in all aspects of programme, project and change management across IAG NZ.
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My background is in film, design, media and making things happen.
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Squadron Leader Rebecca Magdalinos joined the RNZAF in 1998 as an Aircraft Technician. She holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and is now responsible for 145 people across 8 different technical trade groups all striving to keep the RNZAF’s fleets of fixed wing aircraft in a fit flying state.
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Sr Technical Evangelist Developer Experience & Evangelism
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A multi disciplined and passionate business professional with a well balanced background of People Leadership, Business Strategy, IT Project Management, Technology Strategy and Commercial Operations Management experience.
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Richard has an extensive background in live action and animation direction, production design, special effects, computer-generated imaging for feature films, commercials, computer games, special venues and new media. He’s been a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for over thirty years.
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With over 17 years experience in the digital & media business, having held numerous senior roles in the UK, across Europe and within NZ, Richard joined KPEX in early 2016. Richard is an ambitious business leader with a proven track record of building successful digital teams.
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Rob Trice is the Founder of The Mixing Bowl. In 2013, he began to leverage his background in telecom, mobile and internet venture capital to the application of information technology to the food and agriculture sectors. He is also the Founder of Better Food Ventures.
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Rob Trice is the Founder of The Mixing Bowl, leveraging his background in telecom, mobile and internet venture capital to the application of information technology to the food and agriculture sectors. He is also the Founder of Better Food Ventures, making seed-stage investments in food and Ag IT.
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Rob Bollard is the General Manager of the Rights in One (RIO) Program and Business Futures Group.  The group has been tasked with the largest business transformation and information and communication technology Program undertaken by the organisation. It is responsible for developing a new IP Rights management system, developing a new search solution and providing richer and more timely business intelligence.
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Ruby completed a BScHon in Genetics with first class honours from Otago University before taking up a role in my hometown of Wellington at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research as a Research Officer in the Immune Cell Biology Group.
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Rudi Bublitz of Auckland-based angel investors Flying Kiwi Angels has built and sold an SAP consulting business in the 10 years before the dot.com and Y2K bubble burst.
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Originally from the United States, Sai currently sits on the international board of ISC2 (www.isc2.org). Moving to New Zealand in 2014, Sai has worked at Waikato District Health Board. She is currently a security consultant for cloud-based accounting software company, Xero, in Wellington.
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One of the founders of Method, Sam has over 15 years’ experience working with NZ and international brands to implement successful and award winning digital strategies and campaigns.
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Sam is a global media executive with over fifteen years’ experience leading and building b2b and b2c entertainment businesses for media companies such as Viacom, Lionsgate Film Studios, Tribeca Enterprises, National Geographic.
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Scott is is an international speaker, community leader, and die hard serverless evangelist: He runs the AWS user group in Wellington, presented at ServerlessConf London and has recently been invited into the Amazon APN Cloud Warrior program. Scott is a Principal Cloud Architect at API Talent.
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Scott Pollard leads Vodafone New Zealand’s Internet of Things line of business. Scott has experience in operations, marketing and sales leadership across large organisations in the retail, telecommunications, financial services and energy sectors.
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Sean helps companies structure their business and operations in order to protect, commercialise and otherwise best use their assets. He has particular expertise in advising on IT and IP contracts, including large scale outsourcing and service agreements.
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Serge van Dam is a director of various start ups across multiple industries, including Wipster, Montoux and Common Ledger.
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Dotterel develop noise reduction solutions for drones. Noise is a particular problem in cinematography, with drone noise adding time and money to post-processing of footage; and for live streaming news, sporting events and nature filming it is a disturbance which can restrict use.
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Simon leads KPMG’s Performance Consulting practice in Auckland and is engaged in their focus on fuelling NZ’s shared prosperity and the need to regain our position as a competitive, high wealth country. He believes NZ is a fantastic place to build high performing private & public sector enterprises.
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Simon Morton presents & co-produces Radio New Zealand National’s award winning weekly consumer sci-tech programme 'This Way Up', which he established in 2005. He also contributes to the BBC World Service technology programme, 'Click' He's won numerous awards & has a deep understanding of innovation.
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Siobhan is Founder & CEO of Melon Health, a patient-centric SAAS and app business, providing patients, medical professionals and supporters with web and mobile applications. The service helps with tracking, remote monitoring, behaviour change and provides peer and professional support to patients.
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Stacey Tomasoni is a passionate advocate in customer service excellence and leading transformational change through innovation and automation.
As Director of Datacom Connect’s Australia/New Zealand Business, Stacey is a thought leader combining emergent automation technologies, cognitive experiences, human centred design, operational mastery and an ability to provide actionable insights to improve the customer experience.
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Managing Director, Stratos Technology Partners
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Steven is KPMG's Director of Digital Futures where he helps organisations build new capability, deliver solutions and effectively respond to a disruptive digital future. He is also Co-Founder of HunchBuzz and innovation expert with decades of experience in roles across the globe incl US, Japan & NZ
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Dr Stuart Charters is the Director of SIGNAL ICT Graduate School.

He loves to play with gadgets and technology and to help others learn.
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Stuart is a specialist in the development of digital strategies in New Zealand. He is the founder of Digital Journey, the digital assessment service that helps businesses increase their digital skills and knowledge of the Internet. It helps thousands of businesses maximise online technologies.
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Tami's areas of expertise center on field marketing, go-to-market brand strategy, public relations and corporate communications, and account-based initiatives across multiple platforms.
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From ‘Stay at Home Mum’ to Software Engineer. Toni completed a Computer Science degree at the University of Canterbury, won the Google Anita Borg Scholarship for her work in supporting women studying technology, and recently published her research paper on Gender Diversity in Software Engineering Teams.
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Tui heads up Mahuki where she works with teams to develop next generation innovation for the global and culture sector. At this event she is your head tour guide - make sure you have your ticket with you!
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Victoria’s day job is Managing Director of data and information specialists OptimalBI, she is also an investor in start ups and holds numerous mentoring, advisory and board appointments.
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Vitalik is the creator of Ethereum and 2016 Fortune Magazine "40 under 40". He wrote the Ethereum white paper in November 2013. He is now the Ethereum Foundation Council President and leads Ethereum's research team, working on future versions of the Ethereum protocol.
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Vivian started her life as a physics major and then moved to the world of IT. She recently completed a Masters in Sociology talking about #everydaysexism. She specialises in creative innovative solutions, and is passionate about helping people work with technology to do their best work.
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Vivienne completed Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Systems Engineering from Massey University in the 1990’s. Upon completion of a PGDip CIS and MCIS degree in Bioinformatics at AUT, she is completing a PhD in KEDRI. Her fields of interest include bioinformatics and personalised modelling.
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Yogesh joined Movac as an Associate in 2014. He concentrates on generating deal flow, analysing investment proposals, conducting due diligence, and supporting portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Movac, Yogesh was a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in their corporate advisory and litigation teams.
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Yoseph Ayele is Chief Executive Officer of EHF. Yoseph has lived in six different countries, speaks five languages and considers himself a global citizen. Yoseph works closely with the entrepreneurship community across NZ, Silicon Valley, and a number of other hubs around the world.
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Zane has previously worked with multiple ad exchanges, ad networks, DSP’s, DMP’s and SSP’s as a digital marketer. He is a member of the IAB Board and frequently lectures at Unitech on programmatic topics. Zane brings his overseas experience in media planning and traffic management along with a strong knowledge of social media strategy.