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GROUNDSWELL FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION | TAURANGA CITY 26 AUG TO 9 SEP 2019
Groundswell Festival of Innovation 2019 Tauranga2019-09-29T03:16:03+00:00

35 EVENTS, LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

During Groundswell, Tauranga comes alive with a range of events that push boundaries and break the mould.
We tackle everything from arts and culture, to sports science, engineering and technology.
Groundswell hosts game-changing founders, revolutionary business leaders and cutting-edge social entrepreneurs. It’s your chance to hear from high-performance athletes, international chefs, local and international innovation heroes! In 2019 we heard from experts at adidas, Hootsuite, Weta Workshop, Air New Zealand and more.

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DIP YOUR TOES OR DEEP DIVE IN TO TAURANGA’S INNOVATION COMMUNITY

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Just beginning to learn about innovation? These events will help you gain a greater understanding of the ‘i’ word.

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Keen to get more involved in the space? Improve your skills with one of our hands-on experiences.

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Are you an experienced innovator? Upskill at one of our industry-specific events.

KEY EVENTS

Well Sensered Food
Well Sensered Food
Central Tauranga Location | Fri 6 Sep | Cost: $250

False Forgeries: Two loves I have, of comfort and despair. An immersive culinary dining experience by Australia’s most outrageously creative ensembles.

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Out of the Box Breakfast
Out of the Box Breakfast
Tauranga Art Gallery
Fri 6 Sep 7am-9am
Cost: $75 +GST

Get breakfast with two global innovators. War stories of innovation and creativity in the trenches and the good that came of it.

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Groundswell Throw Down
Groundswell Throw Down
Tauranga Art Gallery
Sun 8 Sep 5pm-7pm
Cost: FREE

Let your hair down as we celebrate the good, the bad and the awesome of Groundswell 2019! All welcome!

2019 KEY SPEAKERS

We brought in the big guns – local, national and international innovation superstars! Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the heroes who shared their innovation inspiration in 2019:

Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson
The kiwi-boy reshaping sports performance with adidas

Like many kids born in Tauranga, Mark grew up with a passion for sport. This passion led him to the bleeding edge of sport innovation. As Senior Director for the adidas Future Team, he leads the development of game changing ideas with a 3-7 year horizon.

Kirsty Traill
Kirsty Traill
VP of Customer at Hootsuite (18 million customers to be precise!)

This go-getting jaffa, who grew up holidaying at the Mount, is now VP of Customer for the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform. Kirsty is an international leader in innovation, leadership and business transformation.

Ezel Kokcu
Ezel Kokcu
The non-stop tech start-up entrepreneur

This 26-year-old is a non-stop serial entrepreneur having already co-founded and sold two tech companies, she is currently preparing to launch her largest start-up to
date, Passphere, a ticketing and analytics platform taking on the big players. Ezel was a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards, featured in Forbes and Te Papa’s entrepreneur in residence for Mahuki. Not bad for a university drop out.

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