Informal networking related to the CIIC Auckland unconference

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Conference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration (CIIC (

The evening of informal networking prior to the unconference is open to anyone curious about CIIC.


In order to be successful on the world stage, and to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges that lie ahead, New Zealand researchers and innovators must develop a culture that encourages diversification, and that bridges organisational boundaries and traditional research silos.

The primary industries, the healthcare sector, and related technological innovators are key pillars of the New Zealand economy. In most cases, breakthrough innovation is the result of intensive interdisciplinary research and development, often drawing on insights from disciplines that may lie beyond the focus of attention and the capabilities of a particular organisation, faculty, or government initiative.

Science without innovation neglects opportunities and innovation without science remains shallow and superficial… Diverse knowledge is necessary to solve various problems in the world and to create value in the future, and overcome challenges that go beyond the framework of research in industry, government and academia.

[from the mission of the Honda Research Institute]

The target audience of the unConference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration includes researchers and practitioners who are facing concrete challenges or who may be able to offer insights and know how that may assist others in tackling wicked problems that don’t have an obvious solution.

The organisers are inviting participants from all disciplines and economic sectors, and are specifically encouraging contributions that may be of relevance to:

• Embryonic industries that are not yet playing a significant economic role

• Supply chain management organisations and logistics service providers

• The primary industries

• Healthcare service providers

• Health information systems developers

• Medical device manufacturers

• Industrial automation systems developers