A year of firsts : behind the scenes at the GridAKL first birthday

 In General

The folks of the GridAKL Hub celebrate the GridAKL first birthday!

As our community coordinator Casey read this blog post aloud to our GridAKL resident community, it was pretty hard to not get a bit teary eyed. This is because, as Casey said –  in 1 year the GridAKL Hub has been transformed from a rabbit warren of a space, to a demo zone, to a finished (but empty) collaborative zone, to a thriving group of awesome humans doing great stuff. From our initial somewhat humble beginnings of 4 resident companies in a big space, we are now a 60+ person strong community comprising of 15 resident businesses, 1 startup accelerator and 6500 visitors to our Hub event space in one year.

GridAKL one year ago – May 2014

GridAKL today – May 2015

The future has a lot of exciting elements to it, from the recent announcement of Huawei as the GridAKL Foundation Partner through to the progress in the build of the Grid’s first permanent building, but all of this sits atop a year of hard work, learning and ideation from everyone involved in GridAKL.

GridAKL Hub residents celebrate the GridAKL first birthday – May 2015

A massive thankyou to ATEED who manage the overall GridAKL vision, BizDojo who operate the GridAKL Hub along with support from our friends at The Icehouse. Thank you to everyone who has visited us in the past year, who has attended or hosted an event at the GridAKL Hub and to all who make up our GridAKL Hub community of residents, friends, supporters and the curious.

Friends of GridAKL receive birthday cakes from us! From left to right, Huawei, ATEED, Creative     Mornings Auckland, The Icehouse, Waterfront Auckland 

Friends of GridAKL receive birthday cakes from us! From left to right, Huawei, ATEED, Creative     Mornings Auckland, The Icehouse, Waterfront Auckland 

If you have not visited GridAKL in a while get in touch and book a tour, we would love to talk you through exactly what we have been up to, and find a way for you to be part of our collective story ongoing.

More about the GridAKL First Birthday here

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