EMILY HEAZLEWOOD | Founder Romer App
Emily's passion for innovation and problem solving led her to help thousands of Kiwis get more out of their lifestyles while positively impacting social, mental and emotional long-term behaviours.
With over 20,000 app downloads in the past three months since launching, 1,000,000+ in-app swipes and expansion recently into Australia followed by Asia soon she has already helped thousands of Romers through developing Romer app in the quest for a more adventurous life.
DARREL HADLEY | Co-founder Good George Brewing
After graduating from Waikato Uni with a Law degree, Darrel decided instead to indulge his inner entrepreneur and turned his part-time bar tending job into a career in the food & beverage industry. Along the journey he has forged several successful business partnerships creating and operating some iconic hospitality brands.
His current baby is craft brewery Good George which has experienced rapid growth in a crowded market on the back of savvy and off-the-wall marketing.
Darrel’s business and life philosophy is if you hang out with positive people the good things just tend to happen.
PETER HOWELL | Co-founder & CEO of DROPIT
Peter Howell is CEO and a founder of DROPIT, a Kiwi-owned and operated start-up company with a Mass Audience Activation platform that engages fans during breaks at live sporting events. It counts down the price of sponsored items to $0 in 60 seconds, stopping when someone jumps in to buy it.
Peter is an entrepreneur, creative thinker and problem solver who uses technology-related ideas to provide innovative solutions in a rapidly changing digital environment.
Peter believes in New Zealand’s world-leading innovation position. His visions are to invest in the wider success to the industry through investment and to inspire future generations.
HAL JOSEPHSON | Founder MediaSense™
Hal Josephson is the Founder of MediaSense™, a marketing and project planning firm specializing in business development and economic impact. Clients have included: Apple, Motorola, AT&T, ATEED, NZTE, Tech NZ, Australia Multimedia Enterprise, Callaghan Innovation, InfoTech Canada, Reed-Midem, China Access, MTR, Shui-on, and Hong Kong Cyberport. Hal has worked with the Australian, New Zealand, Canadian and Chinese governments to develop and implement strategic programs that increase international trade, exports and overall regional business potential.
Hal is also Program Chair for AUT’s Project Connect thought-leadership speaker series and HK’s Digital Entrepreneur Leadership Forum (DELF). In addition, Hal is a Director for FulbrightNZ and an Advisor to TradeOff, an OZ-based fin-tech literacy platform.
Hal has spoken at industry conferences throughout North America, Asia and Europe including INVISION, MILIA, SXSW, Digital World, Anima/FX, MacWorld, Project (®)Evolution, The KANZ Summit, The World Congress on Information Technology, Hi-Tech Innovation and KEA’s INSPIRE series. Hal splits time between San Francisco, CA and Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.