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Hardware Meetup AKL – AgTech

Connecting New Zealand’s hardware & product innovation ecosystem. Join us for the kick-off of Hardware Meetup AKL.

Theme: AgTech
Date: 9th November 2016
Location: GridAKL, Wynyard Quarter
Time: 5:30pm til 8:30pm
Sign up: Eventbrite


Dr Alistair Scarfe from Robotics Plus

Dr Alistair Scarfe is COO and Director of Robotics Plus, a company who have developed several world first technologies including an autonomous kiwifruit harvester, or Autonomous Mobile Modular Platform (AMMP) and their Robotic Apple Packing Cell (RAPC).
The RAPC was named as a finalist in three categories at this years NZ Innovation Awards, and Alistair was nominated for the Young NZ Innovator of the Year award.

Julian McCurdy from BuzzTech

Julian McCurdy is the CEO and Director of BuzzTech, a company whose focus is on developing beehive management software and sensors to address the growing demand for useful data within the global apiculture industry.
Having successfully completed the Sprout Agri-Tech Accelerator early in 2016 and securing seed funding in August 2016, BuzzTech is now piloting its technology with key partners, preparing for production ramp-up, and looking forward to Series A fundraising in 2017.

Danielle Appleton from Kia Ora Milk

Danielle Appleton is Chief Operating Officer of Kia Ora Milk, an early-stage startup connecting the world’s finest milks with Chinas most discerning consumers. While Kia Ora Milk isn’t a physical product, it is working on providing unprecedented levels of transparency to one of the world’s largest markets, who are finding it increasingly difficult to trust products in their own country.

Danielle is an engineer with a Masters in Dairy Science and Technology, and is also currently completing her MBA. Her and her team have recently raised seed funding for Kia Ora Milk, and are currently scaling operations.

Michael Peterson & Daniel Faris from Locus Research

Michael Peterson (Technical Director) and Daniel Faris (General Manager) of product design agency Locus Research will speak about helping Ubco electric farm bike founders Daryl Neal & Anthony Clyde further develop and commercialise their award-winning product.

The near silent Ubco is powered by a 40-amp/hour lithium-ion battery, can travel 100km to a charge, and can be fully recharged in six hours at a cost of 88 cents worth of NZ electricity.

About The Meetup

We believe it’s important for not only Auckland, but New Zealand as a whole to position ourselves as global leaders in the design of innovative and scaleable technologies and businesses.

In response, Hardware Meetup AKL is bringing together engineers, entrepreneurs, designers and enthusiasts passionate about building innovative and commercially viable products. We will hear from experts and founders, discuss the latest technology, check out products, and share resources. Founders and engineers will have the chance to showcase their products and companies. Our aim is to create an environment for conversations, opportunities, shared resources and meaningful collaboration.

We also believe diversity of thought makes life as good as it is. Diversity of thought comes from diversity of gender, ages, races and religions. A broad set of perspectives allows us to solve problems better, accelerate change faster, and make the world a whole lot nicer. We aim to help EVERYONE feel welcomed and valued at this event.

Come along, grab some food and a drink, meet awesome people, and let’s talk hardware!

Event Details

Events will be monthly, each one is a different theme (MedTech, Aerospace, Consumer Electronics etc), and they will include a combination of guest speakers, product demos, and pitches.


Wharf42, GridAKL, Datacom, Garage Project.



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