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Hardware Meetup AKL: Things That Move


17 November 2020


5:30 pm


GridAKL Lysaght Building



Join us for our next in-person event! This month we’re showcasing talented people helping hardware move. Blender Design is sponsoring.

About this Event

Speaker 1: Edwin Hayes

Edwin Hayes is Head of Mechatronics at Rocos Global, who have developed a platform to help other companies build and manage their robot operations. He’ll be bringing along one of Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ robots to show us how the platform works.

Speaker 2: Anita Frost

Anita Frost is a 3D printing specialist and research technician at Dotterel, a company developing noise reduction and audio recording technology for UAVs.

Anita will share more about how Dotterel solves problems using 3D printing, how other companies can too, and her own journey from Kawerau teen artist to technology professional working with one of New Zealand’s most interesting hardware companies.

Speaker 3: Juan Robertson

Juan Robertson is Lead Control Engineer at FreightFish, a company building hydrofoil ships for high-speed ocean freight services. Juan will discuss how FreightFish works, what they’ve achieved so far, and what their future looks like.

Sponsor: Blender Design

Blender is an award-winning design consultancy based in Auckland since 2006. Blender specialises in Strategic Product Design and Development. Working at the intersection of Design, Technology, and Business: helping companies bring to life exceptional new products that delight customers, make a positive impact and deliver great commercial outcomes. Talk to Blender about how design can transform your business.


Sponsor: GridAKL

GridAKL is the amazing space we are lucky to call home; a space created to bring established innovative business and start-ups together into one humming technology precinct.



  • Date: Tuesday, 17th November
  • Time: 5:30pm until 8:30pm
  • Venue: GridAKL, 101 Pakenham Street West, Auckland
  • Cost: $10


About Hardware Meetup AKL

Hardware Meetup AKL is one of the largest gatherings of hardware and product people in New Zealand. Every few months, we showcase founders and engineers and the world-leading products they’re building. We’ve now showcased around 30 of New Zealand’s most exciting hardware companies.



We believe diversity of thought makes life as good as it is. Diversity of thought comes from diversity of gender, ages, and races. A broad set of perspectives allows us to solve problems better, accelerate change faster, and make the world a whole lot nicer.

In our ongoing effort to increase the level of diversity at our events, around half of our tickets will be available as General Admittance to anyone, and the remaining percentage will be available to women and non-binary folk (we’re choosing to address gender first).