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Waka Kotahi Innovation Fund Update (Hybrid Event, Wellington)

    Waka Kotahi Innovation Fund Update and Case Studies from Round One recipients. Hybrid Event, in-person and online

    Supporting Innovation in Transport to Accelerate Outcomes

    Date:  12pm – 1.30PM, Thursday 18th May (a light lunch will be provided)

    Location: Aurecon Wellington, Level 8/42-52 Willis Street, Wellington Central

    (Enter Spark Central, Willis St. Take lift to Level 8. Event hosted in the Rutherford Room. )

    ITSNZ is hosting this event in partnership with our Gold Member Waka Kotahi. We are grateful to our Silver Members Aurecon who are providing the event venue. 

     The ‘Hoe ki angitū innovation fund launched in 2022.

    Join us to hear from round one recipients about their experiences and outcomes and from Waka Kotahi to learn about the future of the fund. 

    Waka Kotahi’s transport innovation fund ‘Hoe ki angitū’ was launched during Tech Week 2022. One year on, after 110 submissions in the first round, we will hear from some of the successful round one recipients, discussing the innovative projects they have underway.

    Waka Kotahi will update on the challenge fund following it’s second fund round, look ahead to future funding rounds and speak to the opportunities that they see from supporting private sector innovation to address transport challenges.

    Recipients of Hoe ki angitū – Innovation Fund will share their insights including;

    -their tech journey as a company or individual
    -the tech landscape they work in specifically
    -their project supported by Hoe ki angitū

    We will finish with a panel discussion and Q & A.

    Join us to hear from:

    RKL, a community-owned company which has been facilitating and supporting whanau and hapū development for the last five years in the Manawatū, who are developing a 3D virtual model of an autonomous commuter service (a digital twin). This is ​to explore the possibility of a first /last mile solution on an existing railway track when it’s not in service, to better connect people living in this rural area.

    Shutl, an electric bike subscription business for organisations and individuals, aiming to accelerate the transition of urban journeys onto light electric vehicles, who is trialling and testing their all-inclusive subscription model with users. This includes integrating IOT connectivity, to capture and share key bike metrics for wider use including user dashboards, running community or workplace challenges.

    Somar Digital, user experience specialists, who have developed and are testing a ‘Total Cost of Journey’ calculator, which has been integrated into the Metlink Journey Planner, to understand if knowing what your carbon footprint is, your savings, and your VKT, will change your transport choices.

    Waka Kotahi
    Lee McKenzie – Manager Future Transport – Waka Kotahi
    Leone Murphy – Innovation Fund Manager – Waka Kotahi


     Hoe ki angitū has been set up to:

    • Catalyse the actions needed to solve some of our most critical transport problems
    • Enable innovators with the capabilities they need, but cannot access on their own
    • Accelerate innovation by breaking down barriers and providing support across the transportation ecosystem

    The aim of the Fund is to support the private and non-government sectors to develop, and accelerate, innovative solutions that will help solve some of our big transport challenges. Innovators from all areas are invited to apply – this includes community-based organisations, iwi, start-ups, research institutions as well as domestic and international companies.