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RUSH Roundtable Discussions

Get face to face with NZ industry leaders to discuss the role that technology can play in better serving humankind.


Wednesday 26 May
8:30am - 11:00am

AUT City Campus, WG308, Level 3, Sir Paul Reeves (WG) Building,
55 Wellesley St E, Auckland
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What's it all about?

RUSH together with AUT are hosting a session of roundtable discussions to bring people together to network, collaborate, and create meaningful connections.

The opportunity is to sit down over breakfast with a number of key leaders and influencers in the space of sustainable innovation and technology and have challenging and inspiring discussions about where different sectors are heading.

In small groups of ten, each table will be faced with a different leading question to generate stimulating conversation and opinions, led by our hosts - listed below.

There will be multiple table visits throughout the morning, and while all attendees won't be able to visit every table there will be an opportunity for mixing and networking during the breaks, as well as a followup paper available to outline the discussions had and create some sparks for creating change.

To encourage diversity of thought and a wide cross section of attendees, this event will be run as a combination of paid tickets for business or corporate attendees, and free tickets for students and non-profit organisations. See our event listing on Humanitix for more detail.


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Tane van der Boon

Co-founder & Technical Lead, MAUI63

Tane has a passion for using object recognition AI to keep people, wildlife and nature safe. The MAUI63 project is a not-for-profit that ultimately wants to help save the world’s rarest dolphin and other marine life with technology.

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Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams

CEO, What Ever it Takes Home Based Rehabilitation and Support Services

Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams is a champion of change in indigenous innovation having established What Ever it Takes - setting the standard for the development and implementation of care and rehabilitation through Māori Models of Clinical Practice.

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David Downs


David has had a successful career in the private and public sector, is a published author of a number of books, an ex-comedian, TV and Radio actor, semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year, and a genetically modified organism after a battle with cancer.

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Helen Klisser During

Art advisor, curator, and photojournalist

Helen Klisser During is an art advisor, curator, and photojournalist who has championed global art projects for over 25 years. She creates, documents and fosters cultural exchange to promote understanding and address issues of social justice.

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Gavin Lennox

Group CEO, The Icehouse

Gavin Lennox is Group CEO at The Icehouse. He oversees the leadership of The Icehouse group comprising their ‘Growth’ business which builds the capabilities Kiwi business leaders, and Icehouse Ventures backing the bravest New Zealand startups with capital and connections.

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Dr David Hall

Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) & Chair of the Vice-Chancellor's Sustainability Taskforce

Dr David Hall is a political theorist with a focus on complex contemporary issues, including climate change, migration, and democracy in the digital era.

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Danu Abeysuriya

CTO & Founder of RUSH

Danu Abeysuriya has nearly two decades of experience as a technical innovator, entrepreneur, and leader in technology. He and the company he founded continue to carry an ethical base through everything they do with the ultimate purpose of designing technology to better serve humankind.

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Janet Van Jenkins

National Manager of The New Zealand Robotics Charitable Trust (Kiwibots

Janet Van Jenkins prides herself in being a ‘disruptor’ – challenging stereotypes and barriers to entry facing our marginalised communities and helping people realise their potential.

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Cameron Smith

Founder & CEO of Take2

Cam is a proactive, solutions-focused entrepreneur and investor whose careers is dedicated to advancing positive social and environmental change in New Zealand.

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