The role of tech,
for good

It’s time to redeploy technology to help us tackle the big challenges – climate change, well-being, diversity and inclusion to create a world where everyone has a real potential to thrive. 50% of your ticket will be donated to Maui63. Join us for a workshop as part of Techweek21.

Thursday 27th May, 2021
99 Khyber Pass Road, Tāmaki Makaurau
$25 for one person or $40 for two people

Event overview

Tech innovation has for the most part been focused on the new, the exciting and the shiny. And this has led to many instances of ethically short-sighted tech solutions that have contributed to social division, wide spread misinformation and a disconnection of humanity from the planet.

Now it’s time to redeploy technology to help us tackle the big challenges – climate change, well-being, diversity and inclusion to create a world where everyone has a real potential to thrive.

In this collaborative workshop, we bring together the left and right hemispheres of logical and creative thinking for a holistic look at how tech can be used for good.

It’s your chance to discuss, debate and ideate for the very real challenges all businesses, all communities and all people will be facing in the coming decade. 

You’ll be introduced to emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), how connectivity becomes less of a hurdle with 5G and why big data analytics isn’t just for big corporates and tech giants.

All of these technologies can be used as a force for good – to support emissions reductions, to allow all voices to be heard and to make visible those who need to be seen.

Tech for good is a whole of business concept. It isn’t about only creating new revenue streams or market opportunities. It’s about being purpose-led and delivering on real human values that contribute and further the markers of a healthy, resilient society and natural environment. 

We all want to do good and leave the world in a better state than we found it. This is your chance to start that conversation at your workplace, in your organisation or in your community. 

This event is part of a week-long festival of curated events around technology, Techweek21.

This event is for

Anyone who has a desire to make positive change and is interested in how technology can help scale up and amplify effort.

You can attend alone, or bring someone else from your organisation.

We’ve designed the session as a perfect opportunity to bring together two halves of a business that might not cross paths often enough, but definitely should! Management and front line; distribution and marketing; finance and IT – by bringing together different parts of your business you’ll get fresh thinking for ideas that might not usually get voiced. And, buying two tickets together has a financial benefit too!

It’s a great way to collaborate and to open up conversations about how technology can support the human-centric goals at your workplace; to become more environmentally, socially and financially sustainable in its practices.

Doing good by just showing up

We’ll be sharing a case study of how tech can used for good, in the form of Maui63. They are a not-for-profit organisation that has developed AI technology to track, trace and protect New Zealand wildlife, in particular the precious Māui dolphin.

We’ll also be donating 50% of all ticket costs to their project. So you’ll be doing good, just by showing up!

The money donated will be spent on funding further development of the technologies & systems that are used to collect data about Māui and Hector dolphins from the UAV. By improving how we capture data about the world’s rarest dolphin, we can help halt the decline towards extinction.


Saskia Verraes, Programme Lead for Leading Change
Saskia is a devoted fighter for a better world. One that is socially just, economically inclusive & environmentally restorative. She has years of experience working on collaborative social efforts with vision and engagement and a real focus on action.
John McDermott, IoT Expert
John McDermott is a technology engineer with experience in a range of electronics and software technologies and is an experienced product marketing specialist. He is an Internet of Things evangelist and is an advisor for the Tech Futures Lab programme - Connected Environments.

The details

  • Face-to-face workshop at The Mind Lab / Tech Futures Lab: 99 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland
  • Thursday 27th May, 2021
  • 8:00am-11:00am
  • $25 for one person or $40 for two people (50% of tickets going to Maui63)
  • Register using the form below then follow the steps to make payment

Get your tickets

Places are limited and you’ll get a discount if you attend with someone else from your business or organisation! Fill out the form then you’ll be taken to the payment page.