2017 ITPNZ Applied Research Symposium

Innovations that Transform Societies

Symposium and Expo, 4-5 July 2017, in Hamilton, New Zealand


Click here to watch a video summarising the presentations

 Your opportunity to be part of global movement that transforms problems into opportunities, and challenges into new innovations.

This is an action-oriented event that aims to build international collaborations that will benefit New Zealand and the other participating countries.

This event focused on four themes:

  1. Community Impact
  2. Healthy Living & Ageing Well
  3. Waste Management
  4. Regenerative Practice

with an emphasis on Societal Innovation, Internet of Things and Circular Economy as enablers of trans-formative change.

Alexandra Deschamps – Sonsino | Internet of Things | UK

Alexandra is an interaction designer and entrepreneur based in London and director of DesignswarmShe was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014)


Dr Vesa Salminen | Hame Applied University | Finland

He serves as research director at HAMK University of Applied Sciences. He has also been working as industrial professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has earlier served two years’ time as senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He is the managing director at Spiral Business Services Corp. providing expert services for networked life cycle businesses. He has over 20 years industrial experience on various positions in several enterprises and in industrial organization Technology Industries of Finland.



Minna Takala |Hame Regional Council | Finland

Minna is Senior Advisor at Hame Regional Council In Finland.  She has a strong interest in societal innovation leading to regional (and rural) development, and also focuses on international collaboration in regional innovation.  The Forssa region, which revitalises itself through business-led circular economy, is part of her region.  Minna is also an established entrepreneur.



Ola Svedin | CEO Mobile Heights | Sweden

Ola has 25 years of experience from the space, telecom, IT security, smart card and biometric industries. As program manager, he headed the development of multiple mobile phones and modem chipsets at Ericsson and ST-Ericsson. He has also served as CTO at Precise Biometrics, a pioneer in implementing biometric applications in smart cards, going from start-up to becoming a world leading company.  In his current position as head of Mobile Heights, a triple-helix cluster, his task is to support the transformation of the mobile industry into an enabler for IoT and the connected world.

Jesper Kjellerås | IMPACT Hub | Sweden

Jesper is a Kaospilot graduate and Founder of Impact Hub Stockholm. He has extensive experience in ideation, innovation, project Management and social entrepreneurship.  He represents Impact Hub Stockholm in the global network and coordinates international collaboration with sister hubs around the world.



Wieke van der Zouwen | IMPACT Hub | Holland

Wieke is the Scaling Manager of the Scaling Programme and the BENISI project. In this role she applies her main strength in coupling a strategic overview with getting things done. Wieke brings global thinking in her support to entrepreneurs in designing, testing and scaling their business models to create viable enterprises.




Andrew Douglas |  National Manager, Resource Recovery Australia | Soft Landing

Andrew’s portfolio includes several environmentally conscious social businesses whose purpose is to provide employment opportunities for people with barriers to the mainstream labour market. He was the co-founder of the “Soft Landing” mattress recycling social enterprise in 2009.
Andrew has enjoyed success in the not for profit, Private and Government sectors during his career. He has presented at the World Resource Forum and was an advisory board member of the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo.

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