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The Ballot Box Auckland: The Innovative City

The Ballot Box Auckland: The Innovative City

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  • Wed 7 Sep ’16, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


University of Auckland, Owen G Glen Building, 12 Grafton Rd, Grafton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


The Ballot Box

Innovation and entrepreneurship are key drivers of economic growth and are critical to delivering a prosperous society. Innovation-driven businesses typically grow quicker, employ more skilled staff and engage faster with international markets.

Auckland is already the innovation hub of New Zealand and home to the majority of the country’s entrepreneurial community. Yet, while great strides have been made over the past ten years, the city continues to face a number of challenges. Business investment in research and development is low by OECD standards – the equivalent of just 0.5% of GDP. And, as ATEED notes, Auckland’s strong entrepreneurial culture is hindered by a deficit of skills, capability constraints, and a lack of true collaboration.

In the second Ballot Box 2016 event, a panel of experts will examine what can be done to overcome these shortfalls. In particular, they will discuss how we can address the city's current talent void, and harness innovation to support Auckland's growth and help New Zealand to develop a high-wage, high-skills knowledge economy.

Registrations for the second Ballot Box event will open in early August.

Speakers already confirmed include:
Dr Mary Quin: Inaugural CEO of Callaghan Innovation – the crown agency established to accelerate the growth, scale, intensity, and success of innovation in New Zealand. She has over 30 years of international experience as an executive and director. In 2014, Dr Quin was named as one of the New Zealand Herald’s New Zealanders of the Year.

Greg Cross: An experienced serial entrepreneur and technology nomad with a track record in building tech companies all over the world. Through his own venture development business, Cross Ventures, Greg has built companies including PowerbyProxi, the world’s leading wireless power company.

Shaun Hendy: Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a Centre of Research Excellence that uses methods from complex systems to solve problems for business and to develop better economic and environmental policies. A leading New Zealand Scientist, Professor Hendy teaches in both the Department of Physics and the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland.

Nick Shewring: Co-founder and Chief Entrepreneur at BizDojo, the co-working and collaboration network. A spatial design enthusiast and rebellious innovator.

Wendy Kerr (Facilitator): An experienced general manager with global experience in technology and media start-ups. Wendy is the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School.

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