Other than Start Up Weekend, which was just getting started, Friday signalled the end of most Groundswell events. The week certainly ended on a strong note, with a day jam-packed with exciting Dip Your Toes and Take a Swim events.

WaitāX: The Innovator Next Door

WaitāX highlighted Māori business innovation and creativity being fostered in our own backyard. Guest speakers – young, early and mature Māori innovators from the BOP – shared their own stories to inspire attendees and show them how to develop and progress their own ideas. There were hands-on workshop before the day ended with a presentation on pathways towards funding new ideas.

Business Women’s Network: Rockets, Robots and Resilience
At this sold out and highly anticipated BNW lunch, 3 remarkable women candidly shared their experiences, views, ground-breaking work and debated the question of how to get more women into the innovation space. We heard from NASA aerospace engineer, Sinead O’Sullivan; House of Science CEO, Chris Duggan; and Zespri’s Innovation Leader, Juliet Ansell.

Design the City Experiment: The Conclusion

On Friday at 4pm, our Design the City team wrapped everything up their week of hard work, early mornings and design thinking with a conclusive presentation open to the public held at the Tauranga City Innovation Lab.

Canvas Careers Showcase

‘Design Your Future’ was the key message at the Canvas Tauranga Careers Expo, which took place at ASB Baypark Arena on Friday, August 11 to Saturday, August 12. The event gave students and other job seekers the opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of organisations from across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty sub-region.

Representatives from a wide range of industries, including businesses, tertiary institutes and community organisations, were on hand to help students understand the wide range of job opportunities available to them. The event is the only one of its kind to provide students with the chance to speak one-on-one with local representatives from both businesses and tertiary institutions.