Techweek Highlight Event

Techweek Launch: Good for the World

Techweek19 starts here! Join the live keynote and panel discussions from the industry leaders in the CleanTech and CreativeTech sectors.

What's it all about?

Join us at the official opening of Techweek19 as we kick things off by shining a light on the New Zealand entrepreneurs and companies leading the way in CleanTech and CreativeTech. Aotearoa is synonymous with our 100% Pure reputation, and this kaitiaki (care) extends to everything we do and create.

Take part in an exploration of how we can take action now to preserve our wonderful country for the future. With keynotes and panel discussions from industry leaders, highlighting New Zealand’s unique innovation ecosystem is the perfect way to mark the official opening of Techweek19!

This session will also delve deep into the importance of the creative sector within every business, and how we can support those that are under-represented within these vital sectors. 

Live keynotes from innovators and panel discussions gives those watching online a chance to explore and exchange ideas surrounding this ever expansive space of the tech world.

You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland

Monday 20 May
7:00am - 10:30am

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Tim Carr

Chief Ninja and CEO

Tim grew up immersed in technology and built a taser at sixteen for his girlfriend and was asked to leave school as a result.

His passion for business soon emerged but felt there was more to achieve than a formal corporate job. Tim felt a strong need to innovate and started MindKits as a way to connect people with technology through community.

Tim took the devastation of his wife losing a breast to Breast Cancer and worked obsessively to improve prosthetics by making individually crafted breast prosthesis using 3D scanning and 3D printing. A world first.

Tim is an innovator at heart who derives his pleasure by creating technology that benefits the world around him.

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Dr Will Barker

CEO and co-founder

Co-founder and CEO of New Zealand cleantech company Mint Innovation, Dr Will Barker is a seasoned entrepreneur with a background in IP security, partnership development, building high performance teams and capital raising. With 15 years experience in commercialising technologies, Will has worked with some of New Zealand's largest deep tech success stories including LanzaTech and RocketLab. Passionate about early stage biotech, Will was previously CEO of NZBIO and is currently on the Board of the Health Research Council and KiwiNet.

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Maru Nihoniho

Founder and managing director

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Aliesha Staples

Managing Director

Aliesha Staples is high profiled New Zealand producer and pioneer of VR, AR and new technologies. She comes from a 12 year film industry and VR creation background; she is the founder of Staples VR, New Zealand and Australia’s first VR equipment rental supplier and content creation company specializing in camera movement and custom applications. Most recently Aliesha has been the driving force behind vRemedies, a company that solves complex medical industry based problems using creative technologies. She was also the winner of the high tech award 2017 and is currently a finalist in 2018 Women in Film and TV awards for her work in the field.

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Danny Tomsett


Danny Tomsett is a tech visionary and relentless innovator with a passion for customer experience – so much so that under his leadership, FaceMe was the winner of the Sir Richard Branson ‘Virgin Business challenge’. In 2018, FaceMe was recognised at the ‘Deloitte Fast 50’ NZ awards as one of the country’s fastest growing businesses, with revenue growth of 317%, alongside Danny being selected as an EY Entrepreneur of the year finalist. He has a successful entrepreneurial track record – developing games at 8 years old, founding and exiting a Telecommunications company he started at 25, before starting FaceMe. FaceMe is passionate about people and how we can use technology to change people’s lives. FaceMe enables companies to reimagine the customer experience of the future through a conversational platform designed around leveraging the ‘human touch’ to create amazing customer experiences.

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Dr Sean Simpson

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Sean Simpson is a Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of LanzaTech. Dr. Simpson has over 20 publications and 200 patents. He has received a number of awards including the 2015 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the 2014 Sanitarium, NZ Innovator of the Year Award, the 2013 Kea NZ World Class New Zealander in Science Award. He is a Director of LanzaTech NZ Ltd. Avertana Ltd, and Dotterel Ltd.  Dr. Simpson holds a PhD from York University, UK, and a Master’s degree from Nottingham University, UK.

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Bill Currie


Bill has a strong personal interest in a great wind turbine solution, he lives in an off-grid house and has a
long standing interest and belief in local energy solutions.
After mechanical engineering training, Bill worked for New Zealand Electricity for 4 years. Following some time
working overseas, Bill did an MBA at Otago University, including a project for Fisher & Paykel Appliances which
evolved into 18 years of employment with the company. He worked on a number of roles starting with design
engineering on the DishDrawer team, and concluding with responsibility for
Engineering Services for all sites.
Since 2007, Bill has worked full time with Powerhouse Wind.

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