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Goal 17: Partnerships

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

Future Voices Forum – Voicing the need for a revolution for New Zealand’s natural capital

University of Auckland students and staff were recently given the opportunity to influence the thinking of the New Zealand government and business leaders on creating a sustainable and inclusive New Zealand. The Future Voices Forum was a workshop organised by the Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Aotearoa Circle. A group of 68 participants were canvased on their thoughts and concerns regarding Transport, Food and Energy. The results were reported back to CEOs from organisations such as ASB, Mercury, Sanford and Treasury at the related Fenwick Forum event.

University community voices the need for a revolution for New Zealand’s natural capital
Listening closely to the next generation’s vision for the future

TakiWaehere, the New Zealand Geospatial Hackathon

In 2021, 230 students from universities across New Zealand competed in TakiWaehere, the New Zealand Geospatial Hackathon powered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Maxar Technologies, a global space and data analytics company that owns and operates the world’s most sophisticated constellation of Earth-imaging satellites. The Auckland venue for TakiWaehere was Unleash Space, the University of Auckland’s vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship hub run by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The 24-hour hackathon challenged participants to use satellite imagery to solve real-life challenges faced in New Zealand. Dr Peter Crabtree, General Manager of Science, Innovation, and International at MBIE says, “TakiWaehere is a great example of what our partnerships with international companies can achieve, helping to address the big challenges we face as a country.” Read more

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 initiative was created by higher education platform Leverage Edu in partnership with Education New Zealand as a way to connect entrepreneurial talent in India with New Zealand’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The top 3 entries won virtual internships with Lincoln University, the University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury.

The ultimate winner was Joel Joseph, a mechanical engineering and marketing student. Joel’s idea is to convert bio-waste into bio-fertilisers and animal feed through enhanced fermentation technology using lactobacillus microbes present in biodegradable waste such as chicken and fish. The resulting products, which are protein-rich, can then be sold to farmers as animal feed.

Joel’s mentor was Wendy Kerr, Director of the University of Auckland Business School’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Wendy says that both Joel’s idea and the design of the competition itself are inspirational. “The way that the competition has been designed means that New Zealand universities are working together to help global talent address global problems, giving the right support to the right people. Joel’s idea is a brilliant example of social entrepreneurship – tackling a social and environmental problem in a financially sustainable way. He has proof of concept and the right skills and attributes to bring life to his idea, with the right support from the entrepreneurial ecosystem. I can’t wait to see how his venture develops”. Learn more

GovHackGovHack – Open data hackathon

GovHack is the largest open data hackathon in the southern hemisphere. It aims to bring together people of all abilities who seek to make life better through open data. The 2020 Auckland chapter of GovHack was facilitated by the University of Auckland’s Unleash Space, bringing together students, staff and the wider community. Government Data was utilised to ‘hack’ and prototype solutions to community problems. Read more

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