Groundswell Festival of Innovation

Priority One leads the annual Groundswell festival of innovation, which creates a week-long series of events to showcase how people and businesses in the Bay are leading the way though innovation.  Nearly 5000 participants took part in the inaugural festival, which was held in 2017. 

Groundswell creates a programme to engage thought leaders, businesses and organisations with a common goal to encourage collaboration, conversations and connections.  It includes forums, presentations, workshops, networking events, open days and exhibitions to demonstrate the diverse range of creativity taking place in the Bay. 

The 2017 event was lucky enough to attract top New Zealand and international innovation talent including Nike innovation developer Wade Flanagan, who was brought up in Tauranga, and ex NASA scientist and Fusion Space Technologies chief executive, Sinead O'Sullivan.  It also included the Blue2Green international biotechnology convention.

Groundswell 2018 will be held from 27 August to 2 September at venues across the city.

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Groundswell Festival of Innovation

Groundswell Festival of Innovation project aims

28 events

Over 5000 participants

Showcasing innovation in the Bay

Creating a compelling destination for business and people