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Amplify Engine Room

This year's collection of amazing speakers have all been innovative in using tech in their business to gain a competitive advantage


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Tuesday 25 May
10:30am - 12:00pm


Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre,
1 Northcroft Street, Taupō
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What's it all about?

Join us for this years Amplify Techweek event.  This year we have a collection of amazing speakers, who have all been innovative in using tech in their business to gain a competitive advantage

Following this event is our premium luncheon event where you will have the opportunity to share a table with one of our morning's keynote speakers to expand on the morning's topics, and dive further into topics they are interested in


Robin de Geus - Zealandia Honey Chief Strategy Officer - “The creative thinker in the Zealandia team. Robin brings the brand vision and strategy to life. He is also a lead auditor for integrated management systems and consultant for high-risk industries including food manufacturing

Sunil Pinnamaneni - Zealandia Honey CEO - Sunil is a visionary and has the ability to think beyond now. With a strong technical background in the honey industry, Sunil started exploring and developing methodologies to blend honeys to gain optimum nutritional benefits not only for the people consuming it but also to aid the beekeepers in selling their raw material to buyers.

Robin and Sunil will be presenting on how Zealandia Honey undertook a Digital Transformation to gain an advantage in a highly competitive market.  

Ed Stevenson - Sonderpods - A recent import to Taupo from Silicon Valley, Ed is a true veteran in digital advertising having held a number of global leadership roles for leading advertising and technology firms in Europe and the US over the last 20 years. In 2018, Ed founded California-based modular housing company SonderPods which he operates with teams split between Taupo and California.  Ed will cover 'The Death of Advertising'  The writing has been on the wall for advertising for a while now but like with many things, COVID-19 has acted as a large accelerator for many trends including this one. But how is advertising dying? what is causing it? and what should you do about it to succeed in this new world?

Bodhi Vette - Road Ninja and PresentMe CEO - Bodhi is a passionate, values-driven entrepreneur translating his love for connecting people into technology.  Bodhi will be speaking about 'Innovation through Crisis: Driver Guide Hire's journey to Road Ninja'.  Offering an overview of DGH, inspiration for Road Ninja, starting the project, funding, development decisions, current stage and future state. 

Johnny MacAvoy - PresentMe - An experienced business leader with over 14 years spent building high-growth, global tech companies. Johnny founded Xero's Global team, adding ~25,000 customers in three years and now specialises in the startup space where he helps new products align to their customers and find their growth model.  Johnny will be speaking about 'Hiring Humans with PresentMe' - discussing current hiring processes, 'reducing people to A4' bias, explaining PresentMe and the process of taking PresentMe to market 

Matt Browning - Salt + Tonic Director - Matt leads a team that delivers projects all around the world, with open work currently based in Singapore, Italy, America, Canada and of course Aotearoa. They were also involved in a project that was recently nominated for a global Webby Award, for the Virtual & Remote category (up against Adobe!). The team is based in Rotorua and creates apps and software in all shapes and sizes - whether removing paperwork and stress, or delivering virtual reality or artificial intelligence. Matt has also been involved in several social enterprises over recent years, with the most recent venture delivering live te Reo Māori and fitness classes to people stuck in managed isolation (just not doing both at the same time!) Matt will share how their software could eliminate queueing altogether (ever wanted to get rid of traffic?), provide a working demonstration of the artificial intelligence photo booth located outside the auditorium, and dive into the app being built live during the session itself. If you ever wondered how Winston Peters stayed so long in Parliament (or not), this is the session for you!

We hope you can join us to listen to these inspiring speakers.

A light morning tea is provided and RSVP is essential for catering purposes.

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Sri Govindaraju

Head of Communications at Zealandia Honey & MD at Zealandia MENA

Having worked in both public and private sectors in varied industries, I gained a very transferrable skill set and has helped me get to where I am today. I believe in climate change, which drives my thinking and decision making to be more inclined towards being sustainable & environmentally friendly

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Ed Stevenson

Technology & Media Executive

CEO of SonderPods. A certified factory built housing company based in California. We specialise in high quality accessory dwelling units with the goal of helping to solve California's affordable housing crisis.

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Ezel Kokcu

GM at Wayver and Founding Director at Passphere

Ezel considers herself fortunate to have discovered her calling early; the 18-year-old made a difficult decision to leave her computer science degree in favour of bringing her first mobile app to life. The 25-year-old technology entrepreneur now lays claim to three innovative start-up enterprises:

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Bodhi Vette

Managing Director of DHG, and Road Ninja

Emerging tech company launching Apps to help revolutionise HR.
Our core business activity is in connecting Kiwi businesses with skilled, qualified and professional Drivers.
Logistics and people, seeing places and meeting faces are what drives me.

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Matt Browning

Director at Salt + Tonic

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