Summer Innovation Lab
The second year of collaborative project between Priority One and the University of Waikato that focused on innovation in areas of distinctive regional strengths took place over the 2017/18 summer. Students worked on projects that apply science, design thinking and business disciplines together, to provide them with a ‘real world’ experience of doing innovation, as well as great project outcomes for companies involved and the region overall.
The Summer Innovation Lab enables us to test new ways of engaging students and research with local industry and provides a low-cost exploration of new opportunities for innovation aligned to the region. Research undertaken on commercial uses of sea lettuce through the Summer Innovation Lab has led to a new $13 million research project being developed. It is being led by the University of Waikato and will involve 15-20 world-leading researchers and their teams being based in Tauranga over the next three years.