The MaD2018 conference will foster a collaborative future for the NZ manufacturing and design industry and for the associated R&D sectors.
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The MaD Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing and design that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. The MaD mission is to develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy. The MaD vision is for New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing and design.

We encourage you to join us at MaD2018 to learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and to be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers.

Building on last year’s successful and well-received inaugural conference (MaD2017), MaD2018 will continue to provide a platform to enhance the competitive advantage of MaD industry partners through effective collaboration between researchers and companies.

Engaging, short TED-Talk-Type presentations from researchers, industry and government representatives will enable productive communication between delegates from different backgrounds. In addition, MaD2018 will showcase research work by way of Poster presentations, to be displayed in the exhibition and networking area; local and international Keynote Speakers will set the tone; Panel Discussions and Breakout Sessions will provide topic specific engagement opportunity; and our ticketed MaD2018 Conference Dinner will be our gala event on Monday 21 May 2018.

We encourage you to join us at MaD2018 to learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and to be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers.

  • Conference
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Meet-up
  • Research
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Speakers

Alex has 100+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the 100 best new technical products of the year”. He pioneered the deterministic design of kinematic couplings. He has helped start several successful precision manufacturing equipment companies.
Brendan began making plastic coat hangers in his Cambridge garage, founding Sistema Plastics over 30 years ago, with their range of plastic storage containers selling in over 90 countries. In Dec 2016 Sistema was sold to Newell Brands for $660m, with manufacturing to remain in NZ for two decades.
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).
Peter Beck founded Rocket Lab in 2006 following a 15 years of propulsion research and market development in the international space community. He has established Rocket Lab as a premier institute for innovative space systems and is responsible for the birth of the space industry in New Zealand.
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.
Vic Crone, who has has significant executive and governance experience in technology and innovation, will deliver a short Opening Address at MaD2018 on Monday 21 May.

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