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Kiwi Innovator Workshop - StretchSense and Ranui Sustainable


Mon 18 Apr 2016, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: OneOneSix, 116a Bank St, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: franciscstevens

Interested in a hi-tech career? Come and meet kiwi innovator and entrepreneur Benjamin O'Brien. Find out how he turned his passion for technology into an award winning business.

Ben is a hard-core sensor geek. Before co-founding StretchSense he was an award winning academic. He received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best Doctoral Thesis in 2010 and a Rutherford Foundation PostDoctoral Fellow. Since then he has won the 2015 New Zealand Hi-Tech Young Achiever Award and the 2013 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize. Ben has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and once built an artificial muscle computer.

About Ranui Sustainable
In the Maori language, Ra means “the sun” or “big sail” and Nui means “big”. At Ranui Sustainable we feel this is an appropriate metaphor. Our business is about channelling skills and resources needed to propel Northland forward as winds of change gather. Increasing pressure on our environment is forcing the world to take proactive steps toward a sustainable economy. Ranui Sustainable is working with partners and businesses in Northland to leverage this change in a way that will help the region build a sustainable future. Our mission to make Northland the most sustainable region in the Southern Hemisphere by 2025.

About StretchSense
StretchSense enables technology companies to capture never-before-seen data on how soft objects move and interact. With a range of sensor products, including stretch, pressure, bend, and shear sensors, StretchSense’s goal is to create highly reliable and accurate sensing technology that is easy for customers to integrate into their next generation of smart products. Stretch sensors are enabling new methods of high performance sports coaching, as well as improving rehabilitation & healthcare delivery methods.

About Oneonesix
Oneonesix is a developing urban community space, resurrecting a vital community resource and asset – bringing life, energy and manaakitangi to a building owned by all people of Whangarei. The space is led by Company of Giants, a local collective with a focus on using theatre practices to share stories, create joy, seed action, and develop together as a community.

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