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Wednesday 24 July 2019 - Cordis Hotel, Auckland

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Wednesday 24 July 2019 - Cordis Hotel, Auckland

Join over 400 highly motivated entrepreneurs, business decision makers and high performers being inspired by industry pioneers making their mark in the world of cutting edge technology – trailblazers plotting a course through uncharted territory.

Get insights into the future of business, the innovations & emerging technologies impacting the way we work & live.
You will come away with actionable ideas, new business opportunities, and new contacts for your innovation journey.
10 keynote speakers, 3 one-on-one interviews and the opportunity to engage with over 400 driven individuals to successfully grow yourself, your business and your clients.


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Greg Cross

Co-Founder of Soul Machines

Soul Machines is a ground-breaking high tech company of AI researchers, neuroscientists, psychologists, artists and innovative thinkers; re-imagining how we connect with machines. Greg also co-founded PowerbyProxi a company that was sold to Apple in 2017.

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Amanda Gilmore

Country Manager New Zealand of Uber

Amanda is responsible for leading Uber’s ridesharing business across seven New Zealand cities. With a background spanning management consulting, tech and startups both in New Zealand and the U.S. Amanda is an innovative leader with a deep understanding of business strategy. 


Hank Rowe

NZ Launcher for Lime Scooters

Lime is a micro-mobility company committed to improving city living and urban transformation. From working with Lime and previously working for Uber, Hank has gained an ample amount of experience in the ride-share industry and a passion for working towards a cleaner, healthier planet.

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Dave Letele

Personal Trainer & Founder of BBM

Dave has worked with expert nutritionists and quality chef’s to develop over 150 health and seasonal recipes, developed mind and motivation exercises to get your brain in shape and his own series of workouts for all fitness levels. The Brain, Body Movement Program is based on Dave’s philosophies of getting your brain right, understanding what you are putting into your body and movement.

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Danu Abeysuriya

Founder & Chief Technical Officer, RUSH

Danu founded RUSH Digital in 2010 and has lead its technology teams in developing world-first solutions for global companies such as Microsoft, Disney, Google, Samsung and Nokia. He\\’s overseen and been hands-on involved in the design, development and deployment of numerous software and hardware projects across a wide range of platforms and disciplines. 


Claire Robbie

Journalist, meditation teacher & yogi

Claire is the meditation coach for a number of New Zealand’s leading business individuals and entrepreneurs; she is passionate about making meditation an integral and ‘normal’ part of our community. She now travels around the world teaching meditation and yoga and also speaking on consciousness, shifting habits, alcohol education, meditation and the mind.

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Aaron McDonald

CEO & Co-founder of Centrality

Centrality is a venture studio that’s creating an ecosystem of applications on blockchain technology. Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with experience leading teams across all aspects of a technology company. He has held leadership positions in large technology companies managing portfolios over $1b in value across engineering and architecture, product management, product development, marketing and sales.


Brittany Earl

Co-founder of Joblist

Brittany started her career as a lawyer at Haigh Lyon Lawyers but soon realised both that being a lawyer was not for her. It was at this point, she began to brainstorm business ideas and eventually had the inspired idea for Joblist. She progressed the concept of the platform and then pitched the idea to two friends, Gerard, a lawyer, and Taylor, director of a software company. After just under a year in the market, Joblist has more than 10,500 registered users, with hundreds of new users joining each week. Brittany aspires to make Joblist a household name in New Zealand and has many other business ideas in the pipeline that she is keen to share with the world. 

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Drew Knowles

Vice President, Influence Ecology

Drew has over 20 years experience in the field of human performance and behaviour, facilitating programmes to over 15,000 people all over the world. His current company Influence Ecology are the leading business education in Transactional Competence, teaching the fundamentals of human exchange and influence to ambitious business professionals all over the world.

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Ben Tairea

Co-founder of Āhau

Ben has a focus on emerging technologies and how these tools can be used for greater social impact and cultural development across a number of different industries from health, construction, media, agriculture, and technology.

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Ronnie Tan

Founder & CEO of the CreditWorks Group

Ronnie is an entrepreneur and investor who established CreditWorks in 1998, believing there should be more transparency in the credit referencing industry. In 2016 he co-founded and funded the award winning Waihiki Coconut Ice-cream that went global in 2018.


Vaughan Fergusson

Founder of Vend

 He was EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 and is the co-founder of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust running initiatives to transform education like OMGTech!, and setting up an enviro-tech centre in the middle of the bush in Raglan. Every year Vaughan does an impossible challenge, something to take him out of his comfort zone, like running 1,000km, learning to sing to get a paid gig in front of 100 people or cycling around the world in 80 days.


Marshall Couper

CEO of Global Mind Screen
Marshall is an entrepreneur who uses technology and innovative business models for social impact. He is on a mission to halve the suicide rate in New Zealand by 2025 by working with businesses to create a world where people and organisations are empowered to understand, discuss and transform mental health and wellbeing. 

The Schedule

9:00 am
9:30 am
Welcome by M2 Editor, Andre Rowell
9:45 am
“The link between physical & mental performance and business success”
– Dave Letele (Personal Trainer & Founder of BBM)
10:05 am
“How blockchain will impact your industry & create new industries in New Zealand”
– Aaron McDonald (CEO & Co-founder of Centrality)
10:25 am
“Using technology & data to empower people to manage their own mental health journey”
– Marshall Couper (CEO of Global Mind Screen)
10:45 am
“How the gig economy is changing the future of work”
– Brittany Earl (Co-founder of
11:05 am
Coffee break &  networking
11:25 am
“How to use technology to build tribes & communities”
– Ben Tairea (Co-founder Ahau)
11:45 am
“How to maximise human user experience”
– Drew Knowles (Influence Ecology)
12:05 pm
“How to push the boundaries of innovation and technology to create global solutions from New Zealand”
– Danu Abeysuriya
12:25 pm
1:15 pm
“The future of how humans will interact with technology”
– Greg Cross (Co-Founder of Soul Machines)
1:55 pm
“Using platforms to create sustainable mobility”
– Amanda Gilmore (Country Manager New Zealand of Uber)
2:35 pm
“Using meditation to activate your brain to cultivate peak performance in any endeavour”
– Claire Robbie (Journalist, meditation teacher & yogi)
2:55 pm
Coffee break & networking
3:15 pm
“How to create a business that is scalable into multiple global markets”
– Hank Rowe (NZ Launcher for Lime Scooters)
3:55 pm
”Raising money vs making money”
– Ronnie Tan
4:15 pm
To Be Confirmed
4:55 pm
”Why it’s important to do the impossible”
– Vaughan Fergusson
5:15 pm
Networking Cocktail Party
6:15 pm

Each ticket includes:

– Learnings and advice from 14 inspiring speakers
– Network throughout the day with like minded people
– Lunch included
– Further networking at the cocktail function (drinks included)
– A 1 year M2 Subscription including summary of event, all the speakers & image galleries
Cordis Hotel, Auckland
Each ticket $299 incl. GST
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