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Building Kaitiaki for Intergenerational Deeptech Impact

Collaborative technology disruptors from across the science and technology sector brought together with R&D intensive companies

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Wed 18 May 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Wed 18 May 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Makora room, Level 2, PWC Tower, 15 Customs Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010

Makorā Room, Level 2

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Building Kaitiaki for Intergenerational Deeptech Impact

We are showcasing the value of science-based commercial activity to enhance New Zealand’s economic performance including via research and development at start-up and mature company levels.

We are focussing on rangatahi as the future of both science and industry performance and will include a range of dynamic speakers in a brief speaker line-up for the evening.

The collaborators hosting the event are:

· MacDiarmid Institute

· Dodd Walls Centre

· New Zealand Product Accelerator

· University of Canterbury Biomolecular Interaction Centre

· Momentum Committees


· MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA)



Taniela Lolohea

lecturer in Chemistry, with expertise in surface coatings, plasma technology

Innovating novel approaches to surface coatings using atmospheric plasma jet technology, specifically radio-frequency pulsed plasma jets towards bioprinting, controlled plasma reactions, and metal ink jet printing . Atmospheric plasma jets offer a unique plasma reactive medium to deposit materials quickly, with little waste, incorporating functional groups, and offering reactive environments for materials to interact with. Taniela is interested in developing his understanding of the interaction between plasma species and the material to be printed, to produce functional surface coatings with desirable properties.

Imche Fourie

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Outset Ventures

Imche thrives at the intersection of deep technology commercialisation, venture capital, and community building. Her career started out in the laboratory researching neurodegenerative diseases but has since navigated through life sciences consulting, research commercialisation, and venture capital before co-founding Outset Ventures (then LevelTwo) four years ago. An insatiable curiosity and a love of community sit at the heart of everything she does, and she is passionate about backing inquisitive people with big ideas.

Laura Domigan

Dr Laura Domigan

Senior Lecturer, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Laura Domigan joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2019. Prior to this she was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences (2015-2019). She received both her BSc (Hons) (2008), and PhD in Biochemistry (2012) from The University of Canterbury. Following this she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA).


Dr Humphrey Feltham

Research Chemist

Dr Humphrey Feltham has been a member of the chemistry team at Ligar Limited Partnership since 2019, helping to develop polymers for the separation of valuable or unwanted compounds from solution.

Before moving to Ligar, Humphrey earnt his PhD in chemistry from the University of Otago in 2012, working on the synthesis and characterisation of materials with interesting magnetic properties. He then continued to work at Otago as a researcher, studying the attachment of nano-scale materials to surfaces and catalysts for hydrogen production.


Michel Nieuwoudt

Senior Research Fellow at the Photon Factory

Michel obtained her PhD in Physics, with a focus on physical chemistry, from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012. She currently is a senior research fellow in the School of Chemical Sciences and based in the Photon Factory at the University of Auckland. Her research focuses on using light in the visible, near-infrared and infrared regions to analyze the molecules in different materials, mainly using the techniques Near-infrared (NIR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. In particular, she is interested in measuring skin quality, skin diseases and skin cancers using these techniques.

Further speakers to follow

Aeroqual software

Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Aeroqual’s integrated air quality monitoring and software systems make it simple and easy to measure the air. Environmental and health and safety professionals use our systems to keep workers and communities safe. Our global air quality monitoring platform takes the hassle out of air quality measurement and analysis, creating a toolset that frees up our customers to make the decisions that matter. Back in 2001, we pioneered the use of sensors for monitoring the quality of ambient air. The industry was not ready for it then, but we saw the potential for low-cost lightweight sensors to complement regulatory compliance monitoring networks. Today we sell a leading air quality monitoring platform, built on integrated instrumentation and software. With active users in more than 100 countries, we are processing over 6 million datapoints every day. We have gained mastery of the technology stack from the fabrication of sensors to the design and development of instrumentation to the deployment of advanced network algorithms. We have also developed advanced software tools that automate the management and maintenance of air quality sensor networks, delivering credible and useful hyperlocal data in real-time.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


At Hydroxsys we solve industry wastewater processing problems offering turnkey solutions for waste remediation.We deliver technology that enables our customers to keep their industrial wastewater streams complaint and business sustainable.  

Hydroxsys’ membrane filtration technology processes chemical-rich wastewater more efficiently, often faster, and at a lower cost than traditional wastewater treatment systems.

Our smarter wastewater filtration systems work for one simple reason. We do not rely on existing membrane or filtration technology. We have developed our own, novel and patented membrane which stands up to extreme conditions.The properties of the membrane and the polymer chemistry can be adjusted to suit upstream manufacturing conditions, making the Hydroxsys system highly agile and can be applied to any industry with wastewater issues.

With harsher regulation and compliance standards on the horizon, new solutions, new technologies and new ways of thinking are needed. Hydroxsys is the solution to industry wastewater issues. We have not restricted ourselves based on the past but instead taken an entirely new, disruptive approach to membrane technology, creating solutions that really do work and that will help businesses deliver on their promise to reduce waste and improve the environment.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Supercarbon has developed a supercapacitor technology that has remarkable anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity, without being connected to an external power source. The team has identified that this technology has advantages as an effective, affordable, reusable and long-lasting solution for the sterilization of air. It is being developed for commercial air purification or filtration products and systems. The team won the academic category award for last year's 100K Velocity challenge with this technology. They are now part of the VentureLab program which helps them to start up a company. The team is seeking engagement with industry experts and partners for the purpose of understanding the potential of this technology in this market, and how the technology can be developed to meet the needs of this industry.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Boxfish Research

Established in 2016, Boxfish Research is led by co-founders and engineers Craig Anderson and Ben King, who share a passion for pushing the boundaries of what is believed to be possible. Boxfish Research incorporates cutting edge technology with ease of use and advanced sensing to expand the possibilities for humans to understand, experience and work within the underwater world. The New Zealand company designs and manufactures industry-leading, actively stabilised, ultra-high-definition ROVs and autonomous-capable vehicles for marine science; submerged asset inspection; offshore energy; aquaculture; biosecurity; search & rescue, expedition superyachts and cinematography.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo

Cirrus Materials Science

Cirrus is a deep-tech venture developing breakthrough materials technologies that allow Fortune 1000 industrial leaders to accelerate and de-risk their transition to sustainable and high-performing chemical, materials, and coating processes.  Our team of electrochemical and nanotechnology experts work to bridge the gap between academia, deep-tech start-up, and global industry as we commercialise sustainable nanostructured and nanocomposite materials that offer new standards in improved performance for light-weighting and surface finishing. 


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Ligar is a developer and manufacturer of world-first commercial-scale purification systems using Molecularly Imprinted Polymers.

MIPs are ‘smart’ materials that have the ability to capture and remove specific molecules or groups of molecules from fluids. Ligar’s focus is on three broad areas: the recovery of high value molecules, the modification of flavours by removing specific groups of molecules and the removal of contaminants, some of which may only be present at parts per billion level.

Proudly headquartered in Hamilton, Ligar has built up an expert team which partners with companies globally to solve problems that existing technologies do not address.


Exhibitor: deep tech mini-expo


Liquium’s aim is to trade ammonia by building and selling new, efficient, green, decentralized ammonia plants to align with renewable energy and support the maritime sector as the next clean liquid fuel. 

Ammonia is the zero-carbon fuel of the future to support heavy industry, where ease of storage and a high energy is essential to power container ships, international flights, and immediate high energy power generation. However, the way we currently make ammonia is too expensive if done in a zero-carbon process via renewable energy. Therefore Liquium’s new catalyst materials drastically lower the capital and operational costs of ammonia production to help enable a clean energy future.


Numerous deep tech companies will demonstrate their technology to visitors. School and University students visit to be inspired about a career in science that can help change the world for the better.

Researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, industry partners and policymakers welcome to meet the companies developing the economic future of Aotearoa

Series of rapid talks by: Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Industry and thought leaders on how science and technolgy are an opportunity for the next generation of rangatahi to lead the improvement of our world through the careers they choose in science.

Deep tech relies on scientific breakthroughs and partnerships with innovative industry to develop a better future. The leaders of tomorrow are already forming a new future through science, come and meet them at this networking session to develop R&D partnerships.


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