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MaD2019: Future-proofing New Zealand's Manufacturing and Design Economy

MaD2019 will bring together the national, cross-disciplinary industry and researcher network of manufacturers, designers and entrepreneurs.

What's it all about?

At MaD2019 you will have the opportunity to learn about exciting, new manufacturing and design research and be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers.

The MaD Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. The MaD mission is to develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy. The MaD vision is for New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing and design.

The previous conferences in 2017 and 2018 were very successful in building a national network of researchers and industry stakeholders and initiating valuable new connections and projects. The MaD team is now actively developing an application for a National Centre of Research Excellence focused on the intersection of Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurial Research. 

Engaging, short TED-Talk-Type presentations from researchers, industry and government representatives will enable productive communication between delegates from different backgrounds. In addition, MaD2019 will showcase industry/research work by way of Poster presentations, to be displayed in the exhibition and networking area; local and international Keynote Speakers will set the tone; Panel Discussions and Breakout Sessions will provide topic specific engagement opportunity; and our ticketed MaD2019 Conference Dinner will be our gala event on Monday 20 May 2019.

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You can drop into this event at any time.

Cordis Auckland, The Great Room, 83 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland

Monday 20 May
8:00am - 10:00pm

Tuesday 21 May
8:30am - 5:30pm

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Professor Göran Roos

Founder & MD: Innovation Performance Australia Pty Ltd

Göran Roos is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognised world expert in this field. He is a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management as well as industrial and innovation policy.

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Ms Fiona Cresswell

GM: Marketing Operations, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Fiona Cresswell is an experienced B2B technical marketer and inspiring people leader with 18 years’ experience in global medical device manufacturing at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. She has helped drive the growth of the organisation’s sleep apnea business to a turnover of more than NZ$350 million.

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Ms Melissa Bornholdt

Product Development Manager: OSA Interface Industrial Design, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Melissa Bornholdt is an accomplished Industrial Designer who has worked across the medical, marine and outdoor industries to transform products from undesirable utility to desirable necessity. At F&PH she leads a team of talented Industrial Designers in the creation of multiple design projects.

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Professor Juliet Gerrard

Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor

Juliet has over 150 publications, 3 published books, won a National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching (2004), served on FRST panels and domain reviews and has an increasing interest in governance and served on the Board of Directors of Plant & Food Research Ltd (2013-18).

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Adjunct Professor Peter Haythornthwaite

Design Consultant and award winning designer

Design educated in NZ & the US Peter worked in California and for Henry Dreyfuss Associates, New York. On his return to NZ he was a senior lecturer in design for 8 yrs at the University of Auckland. From 1979-2000 he headed PeterHaythornthwaiteDesign, an internationally recognised design consultancy

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Ms Wendy Kerr

Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The University of Auckland

Wendy aims to grow business savvy, entrepreneurially minded students. In her tenure with The University's CIE she has transformed it, developing programmes and initiatives which have increased participation by 230% since 2015. 5% of The University's student body are now involved in their programmes.


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