Techweek Highlight Event

Pixel Fusion presents 'The Great Innovation Debate'

Is building capability & culture more important for innovation than governance & process? Join us to find out: 21 May at Pixel Fusion, 5pm

What's it all about?

As a Design Tech Studio in Auckland, Pixel Fusion is excited to hold this debate under the Build Capability category for Techweek19:

'Is building capability and culture more important for successful innovation than governance and process?'

Two teams will duke it out, and there'll be ample opportunity for the audience to get involved! Our event is designed to give you industry insights and actionable knowledge to use in your business.

Business success relies on a strong innovation system. Too often, companies under-invest in developing a robust, evolving innovation capability that lasts for decades and continuously transforms the company. Organisations need to understand what digital capability is: how it can be activated through the culture of a company; why building skills through learn-by-doing challenges is so important, and how governance affects the processes; which will ultimately lay the foundations for world-changing innovation, entrepreneurship and businesses.

Last year we brought together the likes of Scott K Bishop, CIO of Z Energy; Teresa Pollard, International Customer Advisor from NZTE; Sonya Crosby, exCIO of SkyCity; Lisa Miles-Heal, GM and CTO of Unleashed Software; Hamish Nuttall, CDO of ThinkLazy and Pavan Vyas, CEO & MD of Rush to discuss whether Corporates required Startups to innovate effectively.

This year's going to be even bigger and better, as an official Techweek19 Programme Highlight event, we're bringing together some of New Zealand's most experienced (and opinionated) entrepreneurs and innovators to share their thoughts in this debate.

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Pixel Fusion, Suite 8, The Textile Centre, Suite 8, Level 3, The Textile Centre,117 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland

Tuesday 21 May
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Free event
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Teresa Pollard

International Customer Adviser - NZTE

Teresa is a strategic International Customer Adviser with 15 years of global experience. After building an extremely successful career at Microsoft, Teresa moved to NZTE where she helps NZ businesses break into markets and achieve global success.

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James Dickinson

CIO at Unisphere Solutions Ltd

James Dickinson is the Director and CIO of Unisphere and an accomplished Keynote Speaker on digital disruption and innovation. He's been in the IT sector working for corporate giants like BDO, Spark, and OCS (in the UK), leading digital transformation in a variety of organisations for over 15 years.

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David Bell

GM of ASB Business Ventures

David is a member of the ASB Business Bank Senior Leadership Team accountable for delivering growth performance through customer success by leveraging digital channels and our strategic partner networks. Most recently, David has been CEO for Plus, an ASB incubated venture for all New Zealand SMEs.

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Victor Yuen

Director of Design | FaceMe

Victor Yuen has played various roles as a tech entrepreneur. As the Director of Design for FaceMe, a company that creates intelligent digital humans, he leads design in helping create the future of how we’ll interact with machines in the future.

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Catherine Newton

Director of Entrepreneurial Success at Auckland University of Technology

Catherine is a speaker, best-selling author, executive coach, and AUT lecturer. She's teamed up with former Ad Guru, Mike Hutcheson, and designed a program to meet the growing need for entrepreneurs to have a business building process where they can test, develop and nurture their innovative ideas.

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Jessica Painter

CX Portfolio Manager at RFA

Jess Painter's a true customer advocate with over 15 years experience of managing complex projects within various Project Manager Roles & as PMO of Intergen. She's instilled a growth mindset within teams and transformed a traditional government organisation to focus on customer experience.

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Clinton Geissler

Operating Parnter at Flux

Clinton Geissler is a founding team member at Flux: an accelerator that backs ambitious kiwi startups. Clinton is a Board Observer at The Social Club (Flux '17) and Associate at Tuhua Ventures.


Registration & Welcome Drinks
The Great Innovation Debate
Audience Participation Session of the Debate
Judges Decision + Networking Drinks
Event Ends

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