Space hackathon reimagines tech

June 2018: The ActInSpace NZ competition to reimagine existing space technology and data into new applications was deemed a tremendous success by organisers, Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST). Nine teams made up of 42 people presented new space technology ideas after 24 hours of furious coding, planning, and pitching.

Lincoln Agritech heralding workforce robots

June 2018: Robots that work alongside people in factories and unforgiving outdoors environments are an increasingly likely scenario. Lincoln Agritech is helping to create this reality and is taking part in Robotic Spearhead, a $2 million project funded by the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge examining how next-generation robots can work with humans in a safe and flexible manner.

“We will advance the science required for a new generation of industrial robotic solutions,” says Lincoln Agritech Group Manager in Precision Agriculture, Dr Armin Werner.

Independent Research Association of New Zealand

IRANZ is an association of independent research organisations. IRANZ represents the collective interests of members by undertaking activities aimed at creating a positive operating environment for Independent Research Organisations in New Zealand.

IRANZ member organisations make vital contributions to a broad range of scientific fields, and offer an important complement to university-based and Crown Research Institute research. Our smaller sizes and greater flexibility provide an environment that is particularly conducive to innovation and end-user engagement.

IRANZ member organisations:

  • Are ‘independent’ (non-government owned);
  • Carry out high-quality scientific research, development or technology transfer;
  • Have strong linkages with end-users;
  • Work in a diverse range of settings and subject specialities;
  • Derive a significant portion of their work from Government research contracts;
  • Collaborate with universities, Crown Research Institutes and research departments of industrial organisations; and
  • Having varying governance and ownership arrangements.

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