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 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.
See Peter speak at the Good For The World Open Days launch event in Auckland on May 21.
Dan is known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor on The Jungle Book and the Planet of the Apes trilogy. He received an Academy Award® for The Jungle Book and was nominated for an Academy Award® and BAFTA Award for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both films won Visual Effects Society Awards for Most Outstanding Visual Effects.
Hear Dan speak as part of a panel discussion on Creativity and Tech combining to save the world at Techweek'18 event Creative Realities.
Christine Losecaat is a senior business strategy, marketing and communications specialist. As CEO of specialist consultancy, Little Dipper, she effectively conceives and delivers well-received international strategies, initiatives, programmes and events for clients in the public and private sector. She is a seasoned speaker and event facilitator.
Her commercial background is firmly rooted in the creative industries with in-depth experience across many subsectors at senior executive level from advertising to music, children’s animation to design. Prior to founding Little Dipper, Christine worked as Managing Director of The British Design Initiative and as International Marketing Director Video at global entertainment giant BMG.
Christine is an Emmy® award winning producer, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Interior Design and in 2016 was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the creative industries in the UK.
Christine has a successful track record of translating policy into results and her work has contributed significantly to the UK’s soft power internationally. She spent a decade working with the UK government as creative industries adviser, where she drove the development and implementation of the international strategy for the sector. Other programmes she has been directly responsible for creating and delivering include the Prime Minister’s business programme at the London 2012 Olympics and the recent multi-award-winning UK participation at Milan Expo 2015 and Astana Expo 2017 which between them alone have delivered over £15bn economic value to the UK economy to date.
Christine is currently working on the new annual thought-leadership event, Createch2018, for the UK’s Creative Industries Council; as marketing and strategy consultant to London South Bank University and on the UK’s presence at the World Expo Dubai 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
In the voluntary sector she is Chair of Advance, a charity that supports women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. She is also on the board of Peace Child International who aim to improve the livelihoods of young people in the developed and developing world through employability and entrepreneurial training.
G. Thomas Esmay has worked on a variety of documentaries, live broadcasts, and short films, including the Susan Sarandon-produced Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story; BBC Politics’ live coverage of the 2015 UK general election, and a sci-fi short shot entirely in an abandoned nuclear power plant. Prior to his career in entertainment, Esmay taught mathematics. Esmay most recently worked at a large talent agency, but left to join the blockchain revolution and bring the transparency and logic of mathematics to the entertainment industry. He presently serves as SingularDTV’s director of business development.
Greg spent his career travelling to and living in every major tech market in the world. He now lives in New Zealand and creates businesses that compete on the international stage. Most recently PowerbyProxi, a company he co-founded that was sold to Apple in 2017.
In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr. Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines, a company focused on humanizing the next generation of computer technologies. By combining a human face with brain models, they literally bring computers to life in a very human like way.
See Greg's keynote speech at Wellington Techweek event, Creative Realities.
After claiming New Zealand's first Cycling Track Sprint Olympic Medal in London, Simon was asked to trial, develop, and train the sailors for the Americas Cup. At the Sport Performance Innovation Forum 2018 Simon will provide a behind the scenes look and talk on the Emirates Team NZ campaign, what the team over came, the innovation and technology, and of course the team culture which allowed them to accomplish what they set out to do.
Maru is Metia Interactive’s managing director, game producer and designer and leads a team of developers including artists and programmers. In 2016 she was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to gaming and mental health.
Previously Head of Innovation & Product Development with NZ Steel, Troy has worked extensively in university commercialisation, held Innovation policy & program delivery roles, has a passion for bringing innovative ideas to market and transforming industry through innovation and product development.
Olaf is an educator and a practitioner of product development with an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. Over the past 30 years he has developed over 100 commercialised new products. He is a passionate follower of 3D printing (additive manufacturing).
Venture capitalist Arama Kukutai's connection to agriculture in Aotearoa goes back seven generations. On his father's side, he is of Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Aupōuri descent, and his family have farmed in New Zealand for decades. He's continued in the family line, working for over 20 years in agribusiness. In 2005, he and Dr. Jerry Caulder co-founded Finistere Ventures, a pioneer in the agriculture and food technology sector. Kukutai led the creation of Finistere’s global network in agritech which includes offices in Tel Aviv, San Diego and Silicon Valley, and Dublin, Ireland in partnership with the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.
Steven Saunders (Ngāti Ranginui) has 34 years’ experience in the horticultural and food sector and is the founder, owner and managing director of the Plus Group of companies, specialising in horticulture management consultancy, orchard ownership, global pollen production, robotic development (Robotics Plus ltd), international ventures, applied technology, environmental research, innovation and science.
Six years ago Taaniko Nordstrom took some photos on her iPad of herself dressed up in a mixture of traditional Māori and colonial clothing. It turned out to be the genesis of Soldiers Rd Portraits, a company she set up with her sister-in-law creating portraits of people in indigenous dress.
Emeline Paat-Dahstrom is a Co-Founder of SpaceBase, faculty at Singularity University, and an Edmund Hillary Fellow. She has degrees in Physics and Space Science, has worked on several space startup companies, and is the co-author of the book, "Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Space Flight"
Wared Seger is the co-founder and CEO of Parrot Anaytics. A Technology entrepreneur who has led the Company’s vision and strategy since founding and has effectively grown the team and Company’s revenues to date. Parrot has been noted as ‘one of the 5 hottest TV Startups in the world’ (MIPTV), ‘One of the 50 most powerful, Big data vendors in the world’ (CIO Story) and was a Finalist in the 2016 NZ Hi Tech Awards as well as a winner of Publicis90 as one of the 90 most innovative companies in the world. Wared was also named one of the top Digital Leaders in 2016 by Variety in the US. He has led our US sales growth and expansion plan, and will be well placed to continue to lead sales growth in the European and UK regions.