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INNOVATION SUMMIT: re-digging the wells of entrepreneurship and innovation


New Zealanders have always had the courage to dream big, see beyond the shores and think outside the box. Amazingly, we were the first to climb Everest, split the atom and allow women to vote. I guess it’s fair to say innovation and entrepreneurship are in our DNA. That’s why we are bringing together some amazing innovators, entrepreneurs and educators for the INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018.

At INNOVATION SUMMIT, there will be a variety of micro-clinics, interview panels, networks and interactive activities, along with world-leading speakers who will be sure to fill you with inspiration and energy to take your next steps.


You can expect:

  • Great presenters including Daniel Flynn (thankyou), Steve Brooks (Entrepreneur), Mandy Dempsey (Apple e-Learning Consultant), Marc Scott (St Peter’s College) and Jenny Oxley (Manaiakalani Trust).

  • Strategies and practical examples of how to develop revenue and entrepreneurial opportunities within your school and CoL.

  • Keys to identifying young entrepreneurs and specific ways to resource and empower their dreams.

  • New and innovative digital technology ideas and strategies to raise student achievement.

  • Delicious food, coffee and drinks, and spot prizes awarded throughout the day.

Today’s educational leaders never have enough resources to fund their dreams, and too often we hear, ‘I need more money’. And as education continues to move towards a competitive business model, your school needs to become an incubator of innovation and creativity, tailoring localised, innovative strategies to the needs, culture and idiosyncrasies of your community. Schools today need to be empowered to create and develop entrepreneurial ideas and innovations in order to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

You’re invited to be a part of this - #NOFOMO! Join many other principals, deputy principals, senior leaders and innovative, technology-minded educators from throughout New Zealand and Australia. BOOK NOW for INNOVATION SUMMIT 2018!

thankyou Founder (Social Enterprise)

Daniel is one of the planet’s most successful young entrepreneurs, recently interviewed by Barak Obama. He is the founder and managing director of the social enterprise thankyou, which has over fifty products stocked by major retailers throughout New Zealand and Australia. 100% of profits go to funding water, sanitation, child and maternal health and food projects around the world. Daniel drives the vision of thankyou to see global poverty eradicated. You’ll often hear him say, “Impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact”. You can find more information about empowering humanity to choose a world without poverty at

Apple e-Learning Consultant

Mandy is a Google-certified educator, an accredited member of the Apple Consultants Network and an innovative ‘e-nerd’ who specialises in Apple technologies, especially iPads. Mandy is also a BOT member at Avonhead School and works part-time as a digital technologies specialist. In addition, Mandy has had over twenty years’ experience teaching and facilitating. She continues to lead professional learning with adults and students to model the effective use of Digital Technologies to enhance learning. You can find out more information about how Mandy can support your school’s e-learning development at

St Peter's College, Cambridge

Marc is the Business Manager at St Peter’s College, Cambridge, where he is responsible for facilities, finance and information technology.

As one of St Peter’s senior leaders, Marc has led a number of strategic, world-class projects and community partnerships, for example, the building and management of the school’s very own velodrome (Avantidrome), clay tennis courts, dairy farm, as well as a golf course and Olympic-sized aquatic facility. For more information or to visit Marc and his innovation legacy, visit


Steve is one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs. He started work while still a student at Christchurch Boys’ High School, becoming New Zealand’s youngest real-estate agent at just fifteen, and a self-made millionaire at just nineteen. Steve’s remarkable journey and entrepreneurial portfolio includes everything from tax refunds, property development, property management, hospitality, beauty therapy and finance. Be inspired to learn how to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and how you can generate significant resources (money) while making a positive difference. For more about Steve and his charitable works, scholarships and capital injection funds, visit

*please note Steve is possibly unavailable for the Auckland seminar

Manaiakalani Trust

Jenny is the CEO of the Manaiakalani Trust - an innovative education programme which is achieving significant improvement in student achievement for decile 1A schools in Tamaki, Auckland. This is Auckland’s oldest state housing community, and 95% of students are Māori and Pasifika. Jenny leads an innovative and vision-driven team, offering every student full digital citizenship, including access to personal devices and internet 24/7 [free to the entire community]. The Manaiakalani Programme is revolutionary and is globally recognised for its success in achieving improved educational results and life outcomes for students. To learn more about how Jenny and her team can support your school/community, visit

We value connection, that’s why a delicious morning tea and full buffet lunch is included. Just one less thing for you to worry about.

Book Now for our Super Early Bird Special of $299. Pay by credit card (paypal), or with relevant authority we can invoice your school. PLUS - bring a collegue and buy two tickets for $500. These deals end 10th August 2018.


We welcome School Principals to come free when accompanied by a paying staff member! Please use the 'free Principal ticket' at the checkout entering your details and the names of your team who have also registered. The Free Principal ticket will not be valid until other registrants have paid and is not valid with any other offer.


Innovation Registration

Monday 27th August
9.00am - 3.30pm

Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square



Tuesday 28th August
9.00am - 3.30pm

Novotel Hotel, Ellerslie



Thursday 30th August
9.00am - 3.30pm

Grand Hall, Beehive, Parliament


**Please excuse the misprint on flyer.
The correct date is THURSDAY 30 AUGUST



Excellent PLD, with heaps of practical, easy to implement, strategies that I can use tomorrow. The workshop was very informative and engaging with an excellent variety of content, research, clips, humor and reflection and discussion time. Perfect.

—  Natasha Gillard

Very valuable, I really enjoyed it and the coffee and food was outstanding. Other PD providers need to take a leaf out of Quick Help Teaching Services’ playbook as it was an outstanding day, great presenter, excellent contextual scenarios and relevant challenges to discuss and work through with great resources and heaps of freebies. Thanks.

—  Mel Gibson
(not the actor, a teacher in Hamilton)

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