As well as hosting the headline ’11 billion mouths’ agritech conference, Tauranga is hosting a number of other innovative and insighful events to coincide with Techweek’18.

In keeping with an ‘agritech-related theme’, Venture Centre has developed an exciting two day series of workshops called GrowPlenty. They’ve attracted some fantastic technologists and entrereneurs to support this programme. If you are planning to be in the city during Techweek or are resident here, this is one Techweek event that you really should attend.

Join the GrowPlenty – Puna Tōnuitanga workshops

Whatever generation you belong to, if you have an interest in what the future can be like, how it can be improved, how you can influence or play a part in it, join the GrowPlenty – Puna Tōnuitanga workshops. They happen over two days in Techweek (21 and 22 May) so you can test your ideas or generate new ones.

This Techweek Tauranga special workshop series is made possible through the vision and support of Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council. It is part of the work being done to ensure that the city of Tauranga and the BOP region is an internationally relevant and competitive contributor to NZInc, and the world. Venture Centre NZ, the entrepreneurial hub based in the Bay of Plenty is organising the workshops with long-term partners SODAInc (Founder Focused Incubation), and SO (Future-Centred Design).

You don’t have to be a techy-type to attend. If you have an interest in the way the world, and our society works, and how technology is changing how people may get basic needs met in the future, here’s an opportunity to have your say. All ages (15y/o +) and all walks of life are invited to attend and take part. Elected members from council to school children from Katikati are already signed up.

Venture Centre welcomes you to join them, and a range of technologists and entrepreneurs, to explore the future.

The themes of the event are – Energy; Earth/Air/Water; What we grow and how we grow and distribute it. The intention is to bring together people with the technologies shaping our world, to use critical, systems thinking and foresight skills to map ideas about possible futures.

GrowPlenty – Puna Tōnuitanga is a series of four workshops. You can attend one, or all four over the two days.

Each workshop lasts for 3 hours: 1 – 4pm (with afternoon tea) and 5 – 8pm (with supper) each day. They are presented in three parts, delivering hands-on learning support to explore new technologies (which we have today, are being launched, or in development), how they might be used, and the systems which will support us to use them.

  • Part 1 – Where we are now: Introduction includes presentations of today’s technologies by Technologists and Entrepreneurs.
  • Part 2 – Where we think we might be going: Scenarios and Solutions introduces four possible future scenarios, so you can see where you fit and what you think the future might be – exploring how today’s technologies might be applied, controlled and extended in:
      • Government World
      • Commercial World
      • Shared world
      • Small world
  • Part 3 – Testing our future, together: is about investigating solutions generated against multiple scenarios and asking the question “how might I?”. Moving all those who attend towards ways of contributing to the future they want to see.

During the showcase (evening session only), the organisers will bring together some of the interesting ideas generated for discussion while enjoying a light supper.

Groups that form during the workshops will each be facilitated by a future-focused entrepreneur from the Bay of Plenty entrepreneurial community. People who are in the process of building companies.

Technologists and Entrepreneurs who will present what they’re working on include;

    • Tim Uckon – (Satellite scanning of earth) from the Centre for Space Science Technology, how we might use space science to help us save, use, conserve water, our land and more.
    • Alvaro Jimenez – (IOT/Sensors/System automation): Sensum Technologies
    • Tim Lowe – (Orchard productivity): Zespri
    • Jeremy Levy – (Energy): Trustpower
    • Dugald Hamilton – (Fungi): Respond
    • Andre Prassinos – (Probiotics): BioBrew
    • Steve Saunders/Alistair Scarfe – (Robotics): RoboticsPlus
    • Natashia – (Co-op food distribution): FareShare

We are alive at a time when things are changing faster than they ever have before. It is a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world. The last time we saw anything like this was about 200 years ago in the days of the Industrial Revolution.

In the face of evidence all around us that the world is going to be different tomorrow than it is today, and the technology and systems we are inventing can accelerate our progress towards new ways to live, we have an opportunity.

Our opportunity is to create a future which serves us all.

One which uses new technologies, ways of thinking and living to benefit our planet and our people.

Everyone has a contribution to make to what the future might look like.

GrowPlenty – Puna Tōnuitanga is your opportunity to be part of creating the future.

Signup here (spaces are limited):