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Explore our entrepreneurs:

Daniel’s story

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Pushing the boundaries of technology.

If you thought it was impossible to turn a skin cancer prevention idea into a successful business, all while completing a PhD, think again! We speak to Dr Daniel Xu, a man on a mission to push the boundaries of technology, and improve lives while he’s at it.

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Read Daniel’s story

Pushing the boundaries of technology.

If you thought it was impossible to turn a skin cancer prevention idea into a successful business, all while completing a PhD, think again! We speak to Dr Daniel Xu, a man on a mission to push the boundaries of technology, and improve lives while he’s at it.

Daniel's app displayed on a mobile phone

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 The notion that University is just a place for study and academics is completely outdated.

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–Daniel Xu
Co-Founder of Spark 64

Ninna’s story

Transforming the future of food waste.

A PhD student who is reducing food waste by turning fruit and vegetables destined for landfill into nutritious flours through the ancient (and increasingly fashionable) art of fermentation.

Ninna testing in a lab
Ninna testing in a lab

Ninna’s story

Transforming the future of food waste.

A PhD student who is reducing food waste by turning fruit and vegetables destined for landfill into nutritious flours through the ancient (and increasingly fashionable) art of fermentation.

Be inspired and become inspiring.|

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Transforming milk analysis through sheer grit.

Matheus Vargas is just an average guy who likes surfing, football, going to the gym at 1am … and is developing new microfluidic diagnostic technology that has the New Zealand dairy industry very excited. He shares how trial and error, surrounding himself with the right people, and sheer determination, has led him to where he is today.

Photon Factory – Matheus’s story

Matheus and Paul leaning against a farm gate
Matheus and Paul leaning against a farm gate

Photon Factory – read Matheus’s story

Transforming milk analysis through sheer grit.

Matheus Vargas is just an average guy who likes surfing, football, going to the gym at 1am … and is developing new microfluidic diagnostic technology that has the New Zealand dairy industry very excited. He shares how trial and error, surrounding himself with the right people, and sheer determination, has led him to where he is today.

Matheus and David inspect a device in the lab

Uncover our innovative spaces:

Unleash Space

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A space for idea builders and prototype makers.

The University of Auckland’s innovation hub and maker space, is a multi-functional space for creative, cross sector and cross-disciplinary innovation. A place where anybody can create what they imagine, design for today, and prototype for tomorrow.  

Designed for students and staff from all faculties across the University of Auckland to generate and test their ideas. It’s fitted with the tools our innovators and entrepreneurs need to build prototypes – from 3D printers, laser cutters and sewing machines – and designed around collaborative areas to help them launch their ventures.

students chatting in-front of chalkboard that reads: "WHAT DOES INNOVATION MEAN TO YOU?"

Unleash Space

A space for idea builders and prototype makers.

The University of Auckland’s innovation hub and maker space, is a multi-functional space for creative, cross sector and cross-disciplinary innovation. A place where anybody can create what they imagine, design for today, and prototype for tomorrow.  

Designed for students and staff from all faculties across the University of Auckland to generate and test their ideas. It’s fitted with the tools our innovators and entrepreneurs need to build prototypes – from 3D printers, laser cutters and sewing machines – and designed around collaborative areas to help them launch their ventures.

Students gathered around tables
Student using an augmented reality headset with a screen behind her displaying what she sees

Where research comes to life.

The Centre for eResearch has opened a state-of-the-art Visualisation Suite with a range of services to help our students visualise their ideas and data. With everything from 3D monitoring to augmented and virtual reality capabilities, research students can produce powerful renderings that will impress any colleague, professor or potential investor.

The University of Auckland’s Visualisation Suite

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Two students discussing weather patterns displayed on a large screen

University of Auckland’s Visualisation Suite

Where research comes to life.

The Centre for eResearch has opened a state-of-the-art Visualisation Suite with a range of services to help our students visualise their ideas and data. With everything from 3D monitoring to augmented and virtual reality capabilities, research students can produce powerful renderings that will impress any colleague, professor or potential investor.

Student using an augmented reality headset with a screen behind her displaying what she sees

Innovate today. Impact tomorrow.|

Discover what’s happening in our world of innovation:

Just like ideas, the best questions can fall outside the box.

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