Thank you to everyone who took part in Groundswell – Tauranga’s inaugural week-long festival of innovation. Groundswell ’17 was a huge success: over the course of 1 week, there were 28 innovation events that drew in almost 4500 people from the Tauranga region and nationwide.
Here’s a quick recap on the event drawing on some key themes using the Groundswell letters.
Tauranga’s population is growing but so is its innovation community
NASA rocket scientist, Sinead O’Sullivan shared some of her experiences. Here’s our favourite quote of Sinead’s when talking about innovation: “You have to blow up a lot of rockets to land one.”
The innovation space is inclusive, open-minded and will open doors
Innovation is about coming together as a community, sharing ideas and identity
N is for… Nike
Nike innovator Wade Flanagan taught us a thing or two about footwear innovation.
D is for… Diversity
Groundswell’s cross-sectoral approach featured a diverse range of individuals, businesses, organisations and industries.
From start-up to schools, community to corporate, innovation requires support
The innovation in the Maori economy is exciting and inspiring
Trying new things and testing out hypotheses is a crucial step in innovation
Groundswell received a huge amount of publicity highlighting the innovation in our region.
Groundswell is all about creating Tauranga’s lasting legacy both at home and overseas