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Auckland's Innovation Future: The next steps

Join us for stimulating discussion about the work underway to enhance Auckland's innovation future and the additional steps needed

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23 May, 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

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Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

GridAKL / John Lysaght, 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland, 1010

101 Pakenham Street West


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Auckland's Innovation Future: The next steps

Auckland ranked lowest in the “Innovation” and “Knowledge” areas compared to our peer international cities in last year’s State of the City report.

Although Auckland has promising advantages in foodtech, fintech and gaming, other cities are accelerating faster and Auckland has funding and infrastructure limitations. Although Auckland’s universities remain magnets for students and research, the supply of skills is not keeping pace with the needs of fast-moving technology sectors and the amount invested in R&D has a lot of room to grow.

The Committee for Auckland is hosting a panel discussion, Auckland’s Innovation Future: the next steps, to address this. It will highlight the good progress underway but also focus on the key opportunities and constraints that Auckland has, and identity the next steps needed.

Our panelists have extensive knowledge and experience in innovation, technology and business growth through their experiences within their respective fields.


Andrew Fairgray

Andrew Fairgray

Chief Business officer at 2Degrees and Auckland Tech Council member

Andrew has served on the Auckland Business Chamber's Tech Council which has produced Auckland's path to becoming a Global Tech Hub which could transform Auckland into a world-class tech hub over five years.

Mike Horne

Mike Horne

Chief Executive, Deloitte New Zealand, and Asia Pacific Executive Leadership Team member

Mike was Deloitte's Asia-Pacific private sector leader and brings a global innovation perspective.

Darsel Keane

Darsel Keane

Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Auckland

Darsel's PhD thesis is exploring the entreprenuerial mindset. 

Pam Ford v2

Pam Ford

Director, Economic Development, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

Pam has helped lead the development of Tech Tāmaki Makaurau,the action programme to grow Auckland's technology industry,to create jobs and to attract talent and investment to the region.


101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland 1010

101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland 1010

101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland 1010