New Zealand’s leading thinkers and doers are out to reframe innovation in a series of online data-driven discussions from August 1-5.

Technical expert Keoni Mahelona and Antarctic researcher Dr Victoria Metcalfe are just some of the leading figures coming together to start an online conversation about the state and role of innovation in New Zealand.

The online campaign is the result of a partnership between Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, and Figure.NZ, a charity devoted to getting people to use data about New Zealand.

“The Reframing Innovation conversations are an opportunity to see New Zealand innovation in a completely new way,” said Lillian Grace, CEO and Founder of Figure.NZ.

“We’ve asked some of New Zealand’s best and brightest to write about innovation from their perspective, but underpinned by publicly available data that helps build an accurate and useful picture of New Zealand’s situation and performance.”

The team are hoping to show New Zealanders that innovation is for and by everyone.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a history of inventiveness – from Polynesian navigation techniques to the introduction of refrigerated shipping, and social and political innovations such as universal suffrage,” said Professor Shaun Hendy, Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini.

“But what does innovation mean today for our society, culture, and economy?”

Join the online, data-driven conversations from August 1-5. Visit for more information or follow #innovationNZ on Twitter.