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University maker space hosts top secondary school students

168 of New Zealand’s top secondary school science students explored their innovative and creative potential at Unleash Space, the University of Auckland’s innovation hub and maker space run by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The students were participants of the 32nd Rotary National Science and Technology Forum.

International competition identifies billion dollar idea for bio-waste solution

An innovative online competition called ‘What’s Your Billion Dollar Idea?’ has provided Indian students with an opportunity to pitch their ideas to VCs and CEOs for the chance to win a virtual internship with top New Zealand companies and universities. The ultimate winner was Joel Joseph, a mechanical engineering and marketing student.

Bomb defusal game used to teach HR principles with explosive results

Teaching staff at the University of Auckland’s Business School have explored ways to incorporate virtual reality into their teaching, drawn to its potential for creating engaging and immersive teaching and learning experiences. They used the virtual reality game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes to teach human resources principles.

The venture using microbes to turn e-waste into precious metals

Kiwi start-up Mint Innovation has just raised $20 million to go global - funds that will allow them to build their first commercial biorefineries for extracting precious metals from electronic waste. Leading their research and development is University of Auckland alumnus Robert Staniland.

Velocity alumni named in the University of Auckland’s annual 40 under 40 list

The University of Auckland’s 40 under 40 list is created anew each year to inspire New Zealand with the stories of the University’s young alumni who are shining in their personal and professional lives. This year 22 of the 40 people featured in the list are alumni who have taken part in the Velocity entrepreneurship development programme.

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