A ONE DAY FESTIVAL of INNOVATION to celebrate the expansion of GridAKL at the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, including the stunning, newly opened 12 Madden St building.

On Friday 6 October, the entire GridAKL / Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct, will be open and transformed into a one day public festival of innovation, including keynote speakers and workshops, activations and demonstrations, both live and online.

Join us for this free day of activity, for all or part of the day by registering on the links below.

Highlights include:


Innovation Futures:
How Innovation will shape the future of New Zealand, the way we tell our stories to the world; featuring Maru Nihoniho of Metia Interactive, Melissa Firth, Chief Digital Officer Te Papa, Yoseph Ayele, Chief Executive, Edmund Hilary Fellowship and Ian Taylor founder of ARL, m
oderated by Vincent Heeringa Executive Director at Anthem

​Maru Nihoniho
Metia Interactive

Melissa Firth
Chief Digital Officer of  Te Papa

Yoseph Ayele
Chief Executive of Edmund Hilary Fellowship

Ian Taylor
Founder of ARL

Vincent Heeringa
Executive Director, Anthem

GridAKL / The Workshop, Level 1, 12 Madden St.
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At midday, will discuss how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) and Big Data will change the way we work and where and how we do business, with Greg Cross, CEO of Soul Machines, Brett Roberts, Associate Director of Datacom Corporation’s Digital, Customers & Collaboration Group, Tim Stephens, Digital Innovation Lead, Jasmax, William Chomley, Founder of Imagr. Moderated by Wendy Kerr.

Greg Cross
CEO of Soul Machines

Brett Roberts
Associate Director of Digital, Customers & Collaboration Group at Datacom

Tim Stephens
Digital Innovation Lead, Jasmax

William Chomley
Founder of Imagr

Wendy Kerr
Director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Business School

GridAKL / The Workshop, Level 1, 12 Madden St.
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A panel discussing Consumer AI: ‘What you’re probably using today, what you’re going to be using in the near future and the impact it will have on day to day living’. Speakers in the session will include: Angus Blair from Performance Lab, Josh Comrie from Ambit AI, Victor Yuen of FaceMe, Isuru (Izzy) Fernando from IBM and Danu Abeysuriya from Rush Digital.

Panel Moderated by Justin Flitter – Director of AI New Zealand.

Angus Blair
Performance Lab

Josh Comrie
Ambit AI

Victor Yuen

Isuru (Izzy) Fernando

Danu Abeysuriya
Rush Digital

GridAKL / The Workshop, Level 1, 12 Madden St.
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The Artificial Intelligence Lab will showcase some of New Zealand’s most innovative AI Tech and will give the public a first-hand experience using and seeing Artificial Intelligence in action, from the likes of FaceMe, Labyrinth, and Rush Digital.

The AR/VR Garage will also be onsite with an activation space featuring StaplesVR, Verso, arc/sec, ARX, ImmerseMe and Datacom. Plenty of fascinating hands-on activity to trial throughout the day.

Other demonstrations include the first chance for New Zealanders to meet the amazing Soul Machines Baby X5, an AI-powered avatar that is causing a sensation around the world.

And participate in the o2o2 Facewear Workshop; the opportunity to hear from the founders of this stunning new technology and have input into the future development.

Throughout the day, also explore the daily hustle and bustle of the Startup Hub at GridAKL/ John Lysaght building / 101 Pakenham Street,  home to over 170 entrepreneurs.

GridAKL / John Lysaght, has supported startups since opening in 2015 through the GridAKL Tech Cafe, BizDojo coworking spaces and GridAKL events programme. The Startup Hub Drop In day is the perfect chance to pop by and meet some of the people within the ecosystem that make it truly hum.  We’ll also be joined on the day by some of our regular community event organisers and local startup founders, who will be available for introductions, advice and conversations.

Your attendance at INNOVATION DAY is FREE, but registration is required – please register here:


7:30am arrival for start at 8:00am – 12 Madden St venue opens for Breakfast Innovation Summit, coffee and light breakfast
The Workshop / Level 1, 12 Madden St

8:30am – 4:00pm – GridAKL Drop In Day : GridAKL residents and consultants on hand throughout the day.
Tech Café / John Lysaght Building / 101 Pakenham St

8:30am – 9:45am – Breakfast Innovation Summit
The Workshop / Level 1, 12 Madden St

9:00am – LIVE Activation pods open for hands-on interaction with AI and AR/VR tech.
The Powerplant / 12 Madden St & Collision Space /12 Madden St.

11:00am – 11:45am – o2o2 Facewear Workshop
The Accelerator / Ground Floor, 12 Madden St

12:30 – 1:45pm – The Digital Intelligence Summit
The Workshop / Level 1, 12 Madden St

2:00pm – 3:00pm – The Artificial Intelligence Lab
Collision Space / Level 2, 12 Madden St

3:00pm –  Public Event Ends

4:00pm – Participant Wrap Function
​The Workshop / Level 1, 12 Madden St


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