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What we’re about

Welcome! This is a group for anyone and everyone who is interested in innovation, design thinking, creativity, problem solving, user insight, research and development, business design, commercialisation and anything in between.

Our purpose is help share knowledge, inspire creativity and connect likeminded individuals that are involved, or interested, in innovation in Tauranga and the Western Bay. We started off with a focus on Design Thinking, and still include lots of that, but we've expanded over time to cover anything do with creating impact from ideas.

Our Meetups run every two months, from 5PM to 7PM, and usually on the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month.  We’ll generally have panel of two or three expert speakers sharing their stories and insights, but you can expect plenty of audience questions, discussions, and contributions.

So, if you’re an innovator, creator, designer, developer, marketer, maker, entrepreneur or anything else that involves doing new stuff then come along! We welcome everyone from experts to the curious - so come along, meet some new peeps and enjoy yourself.

Check out this sweet video of what we look like from our mates at Boundless vision:


Here's a few nice thoughts from some of the DTMU community:
I really liked the challenge you set - a good reminder that we need to plan less and prototype more! - Amy
I like the collective, collaborative and social aspects of the meetup. - Josh R Incredibly inspiring take on hacking and prototyping for behaviour and culture change. Awesome activity on operating in the sweet spot! - James
I wasn’t sure what to expect at my first meetup, but I really enjoyed working with other like-minded design thinkers. Great night. - Mel
Brilliant to source someone of that calibre and to take you on an interactive journey of idea distillation during one of these sessions! - Jo
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Design Thinking BOP Meetup! Great presentation by Pip and was a pleasure to meet everyone. - Dean \

You may also find this link helpful if you're new to Design Thinking.
We'd love you to join and we look forward to meeting you!
Karl & the team