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CIE runs over 350 events per year (in addition to our programmes). Free for all students and staff of the University of Auckland.

Events include technology training, workshops, hackathons and inspirational seminars. View upcoming events on our Eventbrite or sign up for our weekly events newsletter.

Technology Training Sessions

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

During the semester our Creative Technologists run 30-minute training sessions on the latest equipment and technology. Click the button to find out more and book a training on canvas: 

Or complete your orientation here: ORIENTATION

Start-up Fireside Chats

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

Start-up Fireside Chats are back for 2024! These fortnightly session during semester one are open for anyone to attend. Mahesh Muralidhar, CEO of Phase One Ventures, will lead discussions with aspiring founders to teach you more about what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Free event. All welcome. Pizza provided!


  • Monday, 22 July 6pm
  • Wednesday, 7 August 6pm
  • Thursday, 22 August 6pm
  • Tuesday, 10 September 6pm
  • Tuesday, 15 October 6pm

Venue: Kura Matahuna Unleash Space

Blueprints and Beyond: Innovators taking unconventional paths

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

Students of Urban Planning and Architecture (SUPA) and Velocity are excited to host this panel discussion with innovators who have a background in architecture, urban planning and design! These innovators have gone outside the traditional route and done something a bit different with their careers. Come along to hear their insights on how they started their journeys and why it’s so important to have innovation in these industries.


  • Wednesday, 31 July 6pm

Venue: Kura Matahuna Unleash Space

Velocity $100k Challenge Networking Night 2024

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

If you are:

  • Someone with an idea and are looking for people to join your team for the $100k Challenge…
  • Someone with a set of skills that could benefit someone working on a start-up and you want to get involved but don’t know where to start…

This is the event for you!

This networking event is a mix of facilitated networking, plus a chance for you to mingle and get to know other students and staff who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. You can find people and skill-sets to help make your dream a reality. And pizza is provided!

Date: Tuesday, 13 August 6pm

Venue: Kura Matahuna Unleash Space

$100k Challenge

for Researchers

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

This lunchtime event is for researchers and supervisors at University of Auckland who want to find out more about the Velocity $100k Challenge!

Learn how Velocity could help you create more impact with your research, whether it be commercial or social and hear from past researchers who participated in the $100k Challenge as they share their experiences starting a venture.

Pizza is provided – we look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Thursday, 15 August 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Kura Matahuna Unleash Space

Pasifika Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talanoa 2024

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

Commerce ‘o Pasifika and Velocity are collaborating to bring you this exciting celebration of Pacific innovation and entrepreneurship! This event will highlight Pacific entrepreneurs and business leaders and get you inspired to unleash your potential upon the world! The panel of speakers will be sharing stories of their start-ups and how their values and heritage have helped shape their journey, as well as highlighting the cultural importance of innovation.

The panel discussion will be followed by food and networking. Book your free tickets now and bring your friends – this event is by Pacific, for everyone!

Date: Thursday, 12 September 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Kura Matahuna Unleash Space

Velocity $100k Challenge Grand Finals

Hayden and Ariel, On Demand Workshops

Join us for the biggest celebration of the Velocity year – the $100k Challenge Grand Finals. Come along to see which start-ups will walk away with the top prizes, meet the entrepreneurs of the future, and hear from our keynote speaker.

Free event – everyone is welcome. Invite your friends and family to also register for this inspirational event. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Date: Wednesday, 16 October 6-8PM

Venue: Sir Owen G Glenn Building