Turning Innovation Into Opportunity

July 4-5 2017 |Waikato Institute of Technology




innovate ITP are hosting their annual collaborative symposium in Hamilton on 4 and 5 July 2017. The symposium will be held at The Waikato Institute of Technology, also known as Wintec.

Your opportunity to be part of a global movement that transforms problems into opportunities, and challenges into new innovations.
This is an action-oriented event that aims to build international collaborations that will benefit New Zealand and the other participating countries.

This event focused on four themes:

Community Impact
Healthy Living & Ageing Well
Waste Management
Regenerative Practice
with an emphasis on Societal Innovation, Internet of Things and Circular Economy as enablers of transformative change.

Unlock the Innovation Cycle from startup to commercialisation


Participate in New Zealand’s productivity discussions

Get inspiration from business about innovation and the role of ITPs.

Our Inspirational Speakers

Tui Te Hau

General Manager, Mahuki – Innovation Hub, Te Papa Tongarewa

Andy Blackburn 

Director, New Zealand Innovation Council

Professor Sally Davenport

Board Member, New Zealand Productivity Commission

Evelyn Wareham

General Manager, Statistics NZ / Data Futures Forum

Conference Schedule

Day 1 | July 4th, 2017

9:00-9:25 am
Welcome and Opening Address

Welcome: Chris Gosling – CE, WelTec and Whitireia

Opening address: Chris Bishop – Member of Parliament

9:25-10:45 AM
Setting the Scenes

Chair: Dr Jacquie Harper – Research and Enterprise Manager, WelTec

Keynote speaker: A World of Experience Tui Te Hau – GM, Mahuki (Innovation Hub), Te Papa Tongarewa

“Everyday Kiwis doing world changing things” – Andy Blackburn – Director, NZ Innovation Council

The Innovation Cycle: Global view of the future of innovation and New Zealand’s inroads – Kirk Hope – CEO, Business NZ

11:10 am- 12:20 pm
Innovation in vocational training and education

Innovation in vocational training and education (Emphasis on Research and Development phase)

Chair: Mark Johnston – Director Business Development, WelTec and Whitireia

Maximising the impact of research beyond the academic community – Lesley Brook – Research and Projects Assistant, Otago Polytechnic

Research projects and innovations in Medical Technology – Dr Michael Harrison – Academic Anaesthetist, University of Otago

Doing things differently to achieve business success – Fee McLeod – GM, The MindLab by Unitec

Innovation for Hospitality training – Stephen Ellwood – Culinary Arts Lecturer, Otago Polytechnic

1:15-3:00 pm
What do businesses want from the ITPs?

What do businesses want from the ITPs? (Translation of R&D)

Chair: Alistair Regan – Director Research and Enterprise, Otago Polytechnic

How R&D is translated into commercial opportunity – Susie Paterson – Marketing Manager, Dux Industries

Chris Teeling – Global Head of Strategy, Xero

Anthony Muir – Weathertight Specialist, Ridvan Garden Developments Ltd

Martin Simpson – Fraser Engineering

3:30-4:45 PM
Innovate ITPs innovating for business

Innovate ITPs innovating for business (Translation of R&D)

Chair: Tim Wilson – Director, EnterpriseMIT and Director-Strategy, Manukau Institute of Technology

Apps development for healthcare – Peter Johnston – Digital Practice Leader, IBM New Zealand

“I’ve got an idea but …. How we joined forces with a DHB to create an innovation book in a week” – Peter Harris – Innovation Facilitator, Otago Polytechnic

Health Innovations: Working with the aged care sector in Thailand – Lotta Bryant – Social Innovation Manager, Wintec

Building a secure internet of things – Alisdair McKenzie – Owner/Principal Consultant, IS Assurance Services

5:00-7:00 pm
Networking / Mixer Session

Exhibits at WelTec School of Hospitality accompanied by drinks and canapes.

Speaker: Mariana van der Walt, Research and Development Director/Centre Director, Transdisciplinary Research and Innovation, Wintec – New Models of Innovation.

Conference Schedule

Day 2 | July 5th, 2017

9:00-10:30 am
Growing industry through startups and SMEs

Growing industry through startups and SMEs

Chair: Associate Professor Clarke Raymond – Head, Centre for Business, Research and Enterprise, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

The Techshop model – Kim Kelly – GM, Strategic Services, Hutt City Council

Number 8.1 Wire? How we can develop successful physical products in a tech world?– Tom Rabone – Manager, 1st Assembly

The Misprint Co. and the Circular Economy – Priscilla Loong – Co-founder, The Misprint Co. Ltd

Tech start-ups have a problem and we need to talk about it – Ernest Cunningham – Lead Developer, Icy Limited

10:45 am-12:30 pm
Thinking innovation and influencing policy for ITPs


Thinking innovation and influencing policy for ITPs

Chairs: Associate Professor Marcus Williams – Dean Research and Enterprise, Unitec and Dr Jacquie Harper – WelTec

David Jones – GM, Business Growth and Innovation, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA)

David Wilson – Chair, Economic Development Agencies of NZ (EDANZ)

The Role of ITPs in the Innovation System – Simon Rae – Manager, Innovation Policy, MBIE

New models of tertiary education: A system reluctant to innovate? – Professor Sally Davenport – Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Panel session: Thinking innovation, providing practical, engaged, real-world solutions, and influencing policy – with Regional Economic Development Agencies and Government – Productivity Commission, MBIE, Industry Training Federation (Josh Williams, CEO), Callaghan Innovation (Robert Holt, Research Scientist) – Translates into two major actions for Innovate ITPs


Day Two Afternoon Schedule

1:15-2:40 pm
Big Data – Trends and directions

Big Data – Trends and directions – What’s in it for ITPs?

Chair: Dr Reza Moosa – IT Lecturer, WelTec

Data – where and what is available out there? – Evelyn Wareham – Statistics NZ / Data Futures Forum

Data mining and setting strategic directions – Gary Blumgart – Theta

Working with Google and IBM in big data and how this turns innovation into solutions – Gert Hattingh – Wintec

3:00-5:00 pm
End of the cycle – Commercialisation

End of the cycle – Commercialisation – Is it a slippery road?

Chair: Dr Chris Kroger, Research Manager/Deputy GM Research, GNS / Chair ARMS NZ Chapter

Crowdfunding and the opportunities for New Zealand – Lasith Weeraratne, Managing Director, AlphaCrowd New Zealand

The role of Callaghan Innovation in the Innovation cycle – Robert Holt – Research Scientist, and Paul Mather – Acting Engineering Technology Transfer Manager, Callaghan Innovation

Navigating the funding waters – Dr Bram Smith – GM, KiwiNet

Keynote speaker: A Real Commercialisation Story Collier Isaacs, CEO, FarmIQ Systems Ltd

Closing Remarks: Dr Jacquie Harper – WelTec