New Frontiers is a mix of workshops, emergent conversations, inspiring speakers and nourishing activities, all within an intimate gathering aligned with our mission of supporting New Zealand as an “Incubation Nation”, from which to develop, grow and launch integrated solutions to global challenges. This summit’s theme is “Economic Transformation”. (see more details below).
Speakers & Facilitators
Global Hillary Laureate for 2018 and a dedicated entrepreneur, Ms Fallone has led the evolution of Barefoot College International into a profitable hybrid social enterprise. Barefoot College International fosters and supports a host of rural innovation, digital and financial technology, Solar R&D and rural enterprises by attracting formally educated young people to work side by side with non-formally educated rural innovators. Read more about Meagan and the inspiring work she is doing here.
Mobilizing citizens, cities, cleantech, & capital to combat climate change. CEO of Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, Matt was Los Angeles’ first Chief Sustainability Officer. He led the city’s sustainability plan and helped create Climate Mayors, a coalition of US mayors who are adopting the Paris Agreement.
Strengthening and supporting New Zealand's blockchain industry. Fred helped push the startup, Coinbase, to become the largest blockchain company in the world. The company he co-founded in 2012 has helped millions of people use digital currency for the first time. Fred’s mission is to make digital currency as accessible as possible for the average person.
Sustainable and ethically produced clothing. Samantha created Little Yellow Bird in 2015, following a spark of inspiration leading her to produce ethical and organic alternatives for the corporate workwear market. Little Yellow Bird works closely with farmers, sewers, designers and artists to create business apparel and uniforms for clients’ employees and customers, in a way that won’t compromise workers or the environment.
Using play and interactive storytelling for social change. As the founder of Apptivations, Denise is at the forefront of experience design, and specialises in skills for powerful brand building. She hopes that her work will inspire others to make a global impact through invention and change.
Creating the place where all can express themselves fully with the notion of oneness. Mamouru is one of the most prominent philanthropic investors in Japan. He is the Founding Director of Asuka Asset Management and recently managed $700 million Private Equity funds in Japan and Hong Kong. Mamouru built the first online life insurance company in Japan and actively invests in social purpose ventures.
Platform-spanning devices, self-healing software, next-gen UI, security and more. Boyd led the software engineering team for Xbox Live and Xbox One Console. He’s moving to NZ to create a new, secure operating system for an IoT connected world.
Managing global infectious disease threats with a wearable round-the-clock-doctor. A molecular biologist from Uganda, Blanche has been researching antibiotic resistant bacteria. In NZ, she is developing ways to detect bacterial infections in real time and trigger the body to provide an immune response.
Pekaira upholds a pivotal role for Mana Whenua within Te Upoko o te Ika where she maintains a cultural advisory position on many organisations within the region. Born and raised under her Maunga Taranaki she often reflects on the solid foundation gifted by those she remembers. With education as her passion and Taranaki history her flair, she connects and reconnects descendants to their unique Taranakitanga.
Evolving educational systems and providing greater access to technology skills. Founder of Codewars, a free educational community where 1 million software developers across 192 countries train their coding abilities. He then founded Qualified, an engineering assessment platform that is used by employers and educators to identify and train world-class engineers. As an early cryptocurrency adopter he launched Synapse Capital which invests across emerging projects in the ecosystem.
Accelerating planetary stewardship through media impact and networked storytelling. Thea La Grou is Founding Director at Compathos Foundation - an arts and media nonprofit that inspires action and advocacy for positive world change and Films for the Planet, an online streaming platform providing leading educational, environmental and social action films on demand.
Matiu has over 20 years experience in the music industry and as a national and international kapa haka exponent and Maori language teacher. He is a playwright, composer, theatre director, workshop presenter and group facilitator. When not touring, Matiu lives in Paekakariki in the Kapiti Coast.
Using Pacific Wayfinding to design better aid and development programmmes. As founder of Flying Geese Productions, a communications agency specialising in international aid in the Pacific Islands, Faumuina has done extensive work introducing technology tools to women-led businesses in Samoa. She is currently designing an indigenous-led method for aid in the Pacific.
Leveraging artificial intelligence & machine learning to improve social outcomes. A machine learning expert, Faisal co-founded internet commerce platform Swaggable and has founded several other ventures. Moving from Pakistan to Stanford, Faisal has built his career from scratch. He’s now focused on using machine learning and AI to reduce waste.
Generative corporate governance through enlightened national policy. Serial entrepreneur and inventor, John was part of the founding team of Acer America and developed a leading audio delivery algorithm that’s used by approximately a third of streamed and downloaded music.
Inspiring transformation at the intersection of mindfulness, innovation and creativity. Elysa was the first designer-in-residence at Google, Lecturer at Stanford’s Design School, and former Senior Designer at one of the world’s leading design agencies, IDEO. She helps her students strive for life prototyping and mindful designs.
Creating more equality in our digital economy through the process of decentralisation. Aaron is a co-founder of Centrality, a New Zealand based blockchain venture studio with 75 people across 4 different countries. They recently raised NZD $100m to create a marketplace for decentralised applications.
Pushing movement methodology to free the bodymind, centre the heart, and expand consciousness. Hannah is the creator of the Kaia Method, a science based methodology for healing physical and emotional trauma through movement and understanding of the body. She aims to build a network of centres throughout New Zealand and the world.
Backing young New Zealanders to change the world. Guy believes that young minds are vital to solving current world problems. The founder of Inspiring Stories and Festival for the Future, NZ’s leading network that trains young New Zealanders in provincial communities and cities to unleash their potential as entrepreneurs.
Expanding regenerative agriculture to eat our way out of global warming. The entrepreneur from Canada is working on regenerative agriculture through the creation of grassroots organic food hubs. Erin is currently working with the Savory Network Hub and focused on transparent standards for environmental sustainability.
Drones beyond the line of sight shape data networks for vaccine delivery and social impact. As co-founder of the Christchurch-based Skybase, Alex is building drone technology for use beyond the direct surroundings. He previously developed the concepts of underwater data centres with Microsoft, and a leading wind technology company.
Bootstrapping peer-to-peer economy by making blockchain technology accessible to everyone. Daniel is a co-founder of Tenzorum Project, which builds infrastructure to help users interact with blockchain applications safely. Founder of bitfwd, a blockchain community in Australia. He is also well educated in quantum nano-electronics.
Reprogramming global economics with an ethos that puts people and the environment first. Daniel is a key member of the Energy Web Foundation, creating open-source blockchain infrastructure for the energy sector, and working with 50 large energy producers and transmitters around the world. At the age of 15 he founded a million dollar bitcoin mining company.
“How do we integrate wisdom of our bodies, hearts and minds when we go out in the world and offer our koha/ unique gift?” Ming works with teams and communities to invite authentic connection in playful ways. With a background in Strategy and Organisational Change, she now facilitates Human Skills and designs events at Enspiral Dev Academy. She's also a Yoga Teacher, co-creator of Mindfulness for Change and Wellbeing Coach.
Making world renowned films for impact and social change in the Pacific. Alex is a co-founder of DocEdge International Film Festival. He has helped many New Zealand documentary makers gain recognition and funding through Screen Edge Forum, Doc Lab, Docs for Schools, and Doc Pitch. Alex’s primary focus is to promote NZ films and filmmakers overseas.
Making world renowned films for impact and social change in the Pacific. Dan is a co-founder of DoceEdge. He is currently working on a project called The Good Pitch Pasifika, that brings documentary filmmakers throughout the Pacific Islands together with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media to discuss leading social and environmental issues.
Inspiring the world to choose purpose over profit. Alex, is a NZ entrepreneur and Co-founder of Choice, a social enterprise for payments that uses blockchain, collaborate with banks to create a substitute for credit card payment and donate 50% of transaction fees to charity. Choice recently raised $1M for the NEM Foundation.
Creating films to communicate the balance between nature conservation, science and livelihoods. James is a marine conservation specialist, ocean advocate and filmmaker from Geneva. He is the Founder of Manaia Productions, a specialised communication company that brings terrestrial and marine conservation issues to the masses. James is now working with Pacific Island nations.
Empowering children to become makers of the technology they will need to use. German investor, Martin, recently moved to New Zealand with his Kiwi family. He successfully founded and sold two biotech companies, and got active in the blockchain domain early, allowing him to now focus on investing in social impact ventures, decentralizing technology, and mentoring entrepreneurs.
Transforming education to form global citizens through the power of play. Abraham is the Managing Director of Education for Sharing (E4S), a nonprofit that creates a play based learning environment to develop global citizens and teaches UN ́s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Founded in Mexico, their work has reached more than 1 million people in 7 countries. He is currently working on the expansion of E4S in New Zealand.
Forming better global citizens from childhood through the power of play. Edgardo is the Director of International Strategic Alliances at Education for Sharing (E4S). He has been in New Zealand for the past three months building strategic relationships with schools, Māori leaders and provincial bodies to establish E4S in NZ.
Helping leaders navigate an uncertain future by connecting foresight with strategy. Roger is a globally respected consultant, advisor, thought leader and futurist from Christchurch. A core member of Future Agenda - the world’s largest foresight programme. The company helps to supports large corporates adopt new technologies and triple bottom line outcomes.
Taking NZ companies working on climate adaptation and mitigation technology global. Oliver is a NZ entrepreneur and investor. The Founder of Uush Capital, an early-stage fund that invests in high impact Kiwi startups. He was part of the founding team for Uber New Zealand.
Doctor2Go provides an online medical team to improve personal health & wellbeing. Matthew is the Co-founder of Doctor2Go, an New Zealand based web platform that helps people gain access to timely preventative health care. He co-founded Bypass, which invented Global Mode, the world’s first network level geo-unblocking solution.
Leveraging business values to improve connections to local communities & environment. Graedon is the Founder and CEO of The Organic Mechanic, a New Zealand based company that is promoting healthy culture amongst young people. Producing zero-waste food and beverage products currently in 100+ retail stores in NZ.
Programme Theme: Economic Transformation
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set forth a bold and ambitious vision for Aotearoa New Zealand to develop a Well-Being Economy, based on a Living Standards framework with recognition for intergenerational capital. This offers an opportunity to move beyond a business-as-usual focus on GDP, into a more holistic approach for positive social, economic, cultural, and environmental outcomes.
The New Frontiers summit on Nov 4-6 2018 will dive deeper into these areas, exploring questions like:
What does an emphasis on well-being and living standards mean for the innovation ecosystem, including for EHF Fellows as they seek to build impactful ventures and social enterprises?
How can we better serve the rangatahi and youth - including across educational training, job placement, and civic participation - and realize Aotearoa New Zealand’s vision as the “world’s best place to be a child”?
What are the best practices for inclusive economic development that empowers women and ensures fair governance and ownership?
What role can emerging technologies such as blockchain and Web3 play in transforming vital business processes like funding, procurement, and governance? How can Aotearoa New Zealand best engage with these rapidly-growing trends?
How can New Zealand improve the performance of its startup lifecycle, including increasing early-stage capital investment, encouraging employee-owned businesses, and ensuring that “exit” incentives are aligned to the country’s overall interests?
How can we effectively contribute towards Māori economic development in partnership with iwi, ensuring foreign investment and global talent reach regions and local communities?
What actions can New Zealand take to best prepare for the future of work, advances in artificial intelligence, robots and automation, and other exponential technologies?
What are the new frontiers and global trends around commons-based approaches, universal basic income and assets, post-growth and circular economy innovation, and mechanisms for encouraging cooperation over competition?
How can entrepreneurs ensure their ventures represent intrinsic rather than “compensatory” good, with business model incentives aligned and accountable to their purpose and values?
The New Frontiers summit is co-created by its participants, and invites open and meaningful dialogues as we explore the edges of economic change for the benefit all of New Zealanders and global citizens.
Relax, Unwind and Play
At New Frontiers, you will have many opportunities to relax, unwind, and enjoy time away from your day-to-day life to connect with yourself, and with old and new friends. Many co-creators find this summit profoundly rejuvenating. As well as the programmed arts music and culture there will be a chance to propose active, wellness, or arts focused activities during the afternoon open-space sessions.
Traditional Māori Culture & Art
Massage & Body Work
Spoken Word Poetry