OUR
COMMUNITY

We have a strong community of industry representatives from a variety of companies and organisations. Meet our current members and co-locators who enjoy the collaborative work spaces and hot desking opportunities available at NIP. Our network of collaborators co-host events and meet-ups on site with us at our University of Auckland Newmarket Campus, so do connect with them and check out case studies about the impact they’re having on our community.

CURRENT
MEMBERS

Easy Crypto | Janine Grainger

UoA connections: Gerald Kwazu

Easy Crypto was the first company in New Zealand to create a platform for the purchase, sale, and trade of cryptocurrency. Employees of Easy Crypto have the freedom to work remotely all around New Zealand, but great ideas and great things happen when people get together. NIP offers just the space we are looking for to bring our people together, offering us an opportunity to connect with other companies with similar goals and interests. 

Marvle3D | Changzhou Yu

UoA connections: NZ Product Accelerator, Olaf Diegel, Mark Jones, NIP community

Marvle3D is New Zealand’s leading 3D printing store, owned and run by Changzhou. As a “crazy fan of science and technology”, Changzhou is passionate about using technologies to make our life smarter and more sustainable. NIP provides him with the opportunity to meet mind-like entrepreneurs and connect with university experts on novel 3D printing materials and technologies. 

Douglas Nutrition | Roger Gower and Sarita Males

UoA connections: Olaf Diegel, Joanne Todd, Brent Young, Sally Poppitt

Douglas Nutrition, develops and commercialises high-value, NZ-made nutritional products designed to support the wellbeing of infants and mothers for the New Zealand and export markets, particularly China. Roger Gower describes their relationship with NIP as perfect for a small, growth-oriented business that can benefit from having an office space with close access to potential research partners, facilities, and expertise.

Imersia Tech | Roy Davies and Jonathan Lowther

UoA connections: NZPA, Nick Reilly, Business School

Imersia Tech sees the future of augmented, mixed and virtual reality technology as something that can bring people together to create shared experiences. The team has been working with the technology for decades and have some exciting new ventures to develop in collaboration with the university.

Craft Media Workshop | Lyn Collie

UoA connections: Business School, NIP community

Content-producer, educator and screenwriter, Lyn is currently director of Craft Media Workshop, a boutique web design and content company specialising in hand-crafted solutions. “I’m all about connecting customers and audiences with businesses and ideas!”  Lyn joined the NIP community to reconnect with the university, enjoy the company of other freelance consultants and help build the NIP community.

Vortex Power Systems | Perzaan Mehta

UoA connections: Richard Flay, Neil Hawkes (PhD candidate)

Vortex Power Systems started in the University of Auckland’s Wind Engineering lab and is focused on generating electricity from wasted heat. The company has recently received funding which will allow it to undertake proof of concept testing and potentially validate its unique technology.

IMS-Projects | Adrian Packer, Mehdi Shahbazpour, Nick Jaques

UoA connections: NIP community, Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems

Lean and innovation consultants helping kiwis take a systems approach to building innovative and productive organisations. Companies working with IMS-Projects may be eligible for co-funding support from NZTE and Callaghan Innovation, through programmes such as Better by Lean, Digital Lean, and Driving Innovation.  Current focus, digitisation and industry 4.0 strategies.

TechTalk Ltd | Masoud Shakiba

UoA connections: NIP community, Women in Engineering, PD Student Association

TechTalk is an education-oriented platform devoted to sharing deep and practical knowledge through short technical speeches at open and inclusive networking events. “Our mission is to discover, support and spread bright and original ideas by organizing technology talks and workshops across the world. We aim to increase the technology knowledge level of everyone.”

CURRENT
COLLABORATORS

IoT Auckland Meetup | John McDermott

IOT Auckland is open to anyone with an interest in Internet of Things applications. We inspire, inform and connect through regular meetups, conferences, workshops and hakathons. This group helps you achieve success faster and better, by connecting you with people and businesses that have been on the same journey and have knowledge and experience to share.

Globex | Craig Shannon

Globex is a product engineering company that designs hardware products for companies and start-ups. Craig is all about balancing requirements, time, risk, quality, and cost to help companies develop amazing products for NZ companies to take to the world. Craig runs open-door sessions at the Newmarket Campus once a month and is interested in meeting people he can help with Product issues, design issues, or design process questions.

PDMA-NZ | Kai Roever (President)

The Product Development and Management Association of New Zealand (PDMA-NZ) is the New Zealand Affiliate of a global organisation committed to enhancing innovation and product development. They provide a network for product development professionals to learn, share and find new opportunities and are committed to supporting the growth of sustainable product innovation across New Zealand.

Auckland Unlimited | David Claridge (Business and Innovation Advisor)

David works with Auckland inventors and technology ventures/companies to commercialise their ideas by assessing commercial and technical feasibility.  This includes accessing both Callaghan Innovation resources (including intercompany Networks, Skills Programs, and R&D co-funding) and university and industry areas of expertise, both technical and commercial. David runs free business innovation clinics with NIP each month. Check our event calendar under what’s happening for dates.

FORMER
MEMBERS

Ficomms | Sean Rainthorpe

UoA connections: Rajnish Sharma, Zoran Salcic

Ficomms was developing a family of electronic devices for maintenance and fault finding in optical fibre micro ducts. There were multiple opportunities for collaborative, fully or co-funded R&D projects. Co-location at NIP allowed UoA to help nurture a startup set to bring disruptive innovation to the fibre installation market, bringing technical expertise to bear on challenges and facilitate project development.

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Memory | Russell Haines

UoA connections: NZ Product Accelerator, CACM, RCSMS. CAI

Memory is an award-winning innovation agency with studios in Beijing & Auckland, working with innovation led organizations to design and develop future focused products. Russell, Founder and Design Director, currently bases himself out of NIP once a week to better connect with academic experts in the fields of biocomposites and biomaterials.

Invoke AR | Geoffrey Zink, Charles Bridger and Akram Darwaze

UoA connections: Nasser Giacaman, Vicente Gonzalez, Kent Lee, Uwe Rieger, Yinan Liu

Invoke develops virtual and augmented reality devices to make these technologies more accessible and intuitive to use. Invoke naturally relies on innovation through R&D. Relationships with organisations like NIP give the team the ability to collaborate more easily with researchers at the university.

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Hilti (NZ) Ltd | Jerry Ma, Ahmed Kamuna, Tara Hardie

UoA connections: Enrique del ray Castillo, Quincey Ma, Charles Clifton, Rick Henry, Lucas Hogan, Jon Culley, Business School

Hilti designs and produces leading edge technology and software products and invests significantly each year in research and development. Hilti connected with NIP to better enable extended opportunities for industry and academic networking and to seek further research in the development of codes & standards for the sector in NZ. While no longer members of the precinct, they continue to pursue top student talent acquisition through recruitment activities with relevant faculties.

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NICKTHREESIXTY | Nick Jaques

UoA connections: Nick Reilly

Nick Jaques is a consultant working under the name NICKTHREESIXTY. His role sees him help businesses encourage creativity in their employees, and find the value of becoming more comfortable with failure.

David Huang (consultant)

UoA connections: Grant Covic, Jackman Lin, Seho Kim

David is an innovative R&D Engineer at Qualcomm Halo with over 14 years of experience in Inductive power transfer and Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging. His areas of expertise include System Design, Power Electronics and technology transfer, and supporting Licensees in new product development. Via his membership at NIP, David connects with our university IPT experts on a project basis.

Hyperion Technologies (NZ) Ltd | Stefan Powell

UoA connections: Jim Hefkey, Rajnish Sharma, Kean Aw

Hyperion Technologies (NL) was establishing a NZ subsidiary tasked with the development of the Hyperion CubeSat propulsion system from the current prototype to a commercial product. The combination of office space and potential access to the workshop and associated expertise, plus ready access to master and PhD students made NIP a great foundation location from which Hyperion could grow in NZ.

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Explore Mine | Adina Coomber

UoA connections: Vicente Gonzalez, Yuqian Lu, Transport Group

As a contractor and consultant Adina is currently based in Melbourne in a role with Siemens Gamesa. Adina connects with NIP to continue to grow her NZ start-up company Explore Mine, a custom, multi-dimensional content sharing platform combined with way-finding and location activation via Augmented Reality. Looking to take advantage of the post-graduate talent emerging from the Faculty of Engineering to further her project in the short-term, Adina also recognises the future potential of The University’s academic expertise and research activities in the area of machine learning.