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Tech Talk Taupo

Amplify welcomes you to attend our free Tech Talk Taupo event to listen to six inspiring tech and innovation speakers.

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Date and time:

Tue 17 May 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In person


Taupo Yacht Club, 9 Ferry Road, Taupō 3330


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Tech Talk Taupo

Tech Talk Taupo is Amplify's official NZ Tech Week event in Taupo.
The event will be held at the Taupo Yacht Club from 10.00am to 12.30pm.

We have invited six inspiring guest speakers who will be presenting on topics all related to technology and innovation. Our presenters are:

1. Jaron Burbidge from Zoom

2. Imache Fourie from Outset Ventures

3. Jonathan Miller from Callaghan Innovations

4. Louise Macfarlane from Easy Crypto

5. Anton and Jessica from Beyond

6. Matt Browning from Salt and Tonic

From robots to startups, communication to product innovation and Crypto to augmented reality - this will be a morning of inspiration and aspiration.

Complimentary morning tea will be provided on arrival.

The event is suitable for all ages, registrations are essential and there is no charge to attend.

This community event listing is made possible with the support of NZTech



Jonathan Miller

Regional Business Partner Network

Jonathan has a background in technology commercialisation and before taking on his present role leading the Regional Business Partner Network at Callaghan Innovation, he was in the Future Insights team there, providing thought leader in emerging technology and future trends. Jonathan also produced a comprehensive report on Artificial Intelligence for Callaghan Innovation and has served terms on the boards of the NZ Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and the NZ IoT Alliance.

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Louise Macfarlane

Head of Customer Success

Combining a passion for education and a love of crypto, Louise found the perfect position as Head of Customer Success for Easy Crypto. After becoming interested in the crypto space in 2017, and joining the wild ride of crypto she has grown her knowledge and experience in the industry since then.  She is particularly interested in how blockchain can be a game changer for creatives through NFTs and how it can also challenge the traditional systems such as banking and supply chains.

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Jaron Burbidge

Country Manager Zoom NZ

Jaron Burbidge is the Country Manager for Zoom in New Zealand, a role he has held since April 2021.  Jaron has over 2 decades experience in the unified communications and IT industry, having worked for TANDBERG, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services. Jaron is driven by what technology can do to empower people to accomplish more.

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Imche Fourie


Imche is the CEO of Outset Ventures, New Zealand's Home of Deep Technology, the largest science and engineering venture incubator in the country. Working on the intersection of deep tech and venture capital, she is passionate about backing inquisitive people with visions of impact.


She aims to build NZ's science and innovation sector with long-term goals and inclusivity in mind and does so through her work as an Executive Council member of BioTechNZ, Board Member at the Employers and Manufacturers Association, and Independent Member on a Callaghan Innovation board subcommittee.


She is also a founding member of several organisations aimed at getting young people involved with investment and governance. Curiosity and community sit at the heart of everything she does.

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Jessica Manins and Anton Mitchell


Jessica Manins

Co-Founder and CEO


After 20 years of working in film, theatre, and tech, Jessica has landed in a reality that finally feels right. A virtual one.  Her studio Beyond includes an innovative team of game developers and designers working on cutting-edge cross-platform play. Their first game, Oddball, a world-first multiplayer free-roam LBVR game, debuted at Two Bit Circus in 2020 & received all 5-star reviews on TripAdvisor.  In January 2022 they launched Burrows, an NFT collection of beautiful metaspaces in collaboration with Non Fungible Labs and Fluf World while raising $1M for charity through their Snoop Studio Burrow Auction.   Later this year, in collaboration with Wētā Workshop, Beyond is releasing Combonauts, a multiplayer collectible party game.


Jessica is all about finding the fun, empowering others to be creative, and making bold moves in the creative technology sector. 


Anton Mitchell

COO & Co-Founder


Entrepreneur, tech aficionado, beard wearer, maker of rad things. 


Anton is a leader in the New Zealand VR sector with over 5 years leading the development of immersive experiences including digitising New Zealand's Treaty of Waitangi in He Tohu VR, building a virtual driving application and bringing the multiplayer VR game Oddball to life.  He has been the lead producer on the Burrows at Beyond,  ensuring the art is exceptional and the development is smooth! 


In his old life he was a DJ, built a successful ticketing website and made a million apps. 

He’s a huge fan of both virtual and real reality.

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Matt Browning

Director Salt and Tonic

Matt Browning (Director of Salt + Tonic) leads a team that delivers projects all around the world, with open work currently in America, Canada, Spain, Nigeria and of course around Aotearoa. They recently won the Innovation and Technology Award at the 2021 Rotorua Business Awards, and were named as one of the Top 20 Global Experts by an American software company.The team is based entirely in Rotorua and creates apps and software in all shapes and sizes - whether removing paperwork and stress, or delivering virtual reality or artificial intelligence projects. Matt will be talking about augmented and virtual reality storytelling, with demonstrations also available in the foyer! 

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