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Tripartite 2019 Innovation Showcase

Hear about the vibrant innovation ecosystems in Auckland, Los Angeles and Guangzhou

What's it all about?

Auckland is a founding member of the world-leading Tripartite Economic Alliance with Los Angeles and Guangzhou. Each year, these cities bring civic, business and innovation leaders together to exchange knowledge, as well as investment and trade opportunities.

This year Auckland is host, inviting alliance partner delegates to see and hear the best of New Zealand tech and innovation, and share their innovation stories.

Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff, LA Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Jeff Gorell, and Party Secretary ZHANG Shuofu will formally open Tripartite 2019 at 10.30am.

At 10.45am, Los Angeles’ Two Bit Circus CEO and co-founder Brent Bushnell leads into the Tripartite 2019 Innovation Showcase. Keynote speaker Bushnell will talk about how Two Bit Circus was created, what opportunities the Secret Inventors Lab presents for companies from Auckland and Guangzhou and what the future story-telling experience will be.

The showcase also features speakers from some of Auckland’s most innovative companies in the fields of digital creative story-telling; food, technology and wellbeing; and new trends in public/private sector data sharing. Speakers include Sam Ramlu from Method, Terry Williams-Willcock from Rush Digital and Aliesha Staples from Staples VR. Vic Crone, CEO of Callaghan Innovation will share insights gleaned from the 2018 Innovation Challenge and how the new innovation tool Scale Up NZ can help local and international companies connect.

You can drop into this event at any time.

ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey St, Auckland

Monday 20 May
10:15am - 1:15pm

Free event
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Brent Bushnell

CEO and Founder, Two Bit Circus, Los Angeles

Brent Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, an LA-based experiential entertainment company that operates a network of micro-amusement parks. He is chairman of the non-profit Two Bit Circus Foundation which deploys STEAM-based programmes to inspire students about invention and facilitates STEAM Carnivals around the world. Brent is a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship Fellow, a supporter of Clowns Without Borders and publishes on Twitter @brentbushnell.

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Vic Crone


Vic became CEO of Callaghan Innovation in 2017. She was previously the Managing Director of Xero, New Zealand and New Markets, following executive roles at Chorus and Telecom New Zealand.

Vic has been an independent director on the boards of several companies and organisations in the technology sector, including RedShield, Figure.NZ, Creative HQ and the Hi-Tech Trust.

Callaghan Innovation is a New Zealand government agency that provides innovation programmes, research and development technology services and grant co-funding to businesses to help them to activate innovation, accelerate commercialisation and grow faster.

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Sam Ramlu

Innovation Showcase Panellist: Digital Creative Story Telling

Sam is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Method – an award-winning creative innovations agency, and M Theory – an AR/VR studio. She has over 20 years' experience working with New Zealand and international brands, and is a storyteller, innovator, and leader with extensive knowledge in the digital space.

Sam has successfully led, planned and implemented a range of digital, experiential and integrated campaigns for leading brands across a range of industries. She is passionate about creating and producing experiences and stories that truly connect with audiences and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun and immersive.

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Terry Williams-Willcock

Innovation Showcase Panellist: Digital Creative Story Telling

He has 20 years in digital advertising and brand communication in London digital studios + New Zealand’s top advertising agencies. He has helped define + launch brands that engage customers, and crafted messages that resonate with their audiences.Terry is the leader of our design team and helps RUSH in understanding customers and humans on a day to day basis

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Aliesha Staples

Innovation Showcase Panellist: Digital Creative Story Telling

Aliesha is a high-profile New Zealand producer and pioneer of AR/VR and new and emerging technologies. She was a winner at the Hi-Tech Awards in 2017 and 2018 and won the New Zealand Business Women Leaders Award and the ITX Excellence in Digital Health Award in 2018.

Aliesha is Founder and Director of StaplesVR, a company that has grown to cater to an international clientele, receiving multiple accolades for its work. Aliesha is highly sought after as a producer of AR/VR content for studios and television networks including Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Television New Zealand and ABC.

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Innovation Showcase Panellist: Digital Creative Story Telling

Xi Xiang is CEO at Guangzhou Time Network Technology Co., Ltd. He has more than 20 years’ experience in creative industries. Xi Xiang was previously Chief Editor of Southern Weekly and received the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader award in 2010.

Guangzhou Time Network Technology Co., Ltd. is a thriving creative-driven culture technology company founded by media and technical elites from Southern Weekly, Crystal CG and Atkins. The company focuses on the AR/VR industry and promotes the development of the tourism and creative industries.


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