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CleanTech Innovations in New Zealand

This is a Tech Alliance event

Pricing Information

  • Free for members of BioTechNZ and NZ IoT Alliance
  • $25 for non-members
  • Physical attendance only

As organisations, communities and Government seek a cleaner and more sustainable form of economic growth, BioTech New Zealand and New Zealand IoT Alliance have joined forces to showcase CleanTech innovations around New Zealand, and to provide a platform for learning and networking. In particular, you will hear how Sustainable Coastlines recently attracted a grant from Microsoft’s US$50 million, five-year commitment to put AI in the hands of those working to protect our planet across four key areas: agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, and water. Sustainable Coastlines  launched in New Zealand in 2009 to educate, motivate and empower individuals and communities to clean up and restore their coastal environments and waterways. Come and listen to Sustainable Coastlines’ co-founder Camden Howitt discuss the project, and learn how they will shift to an AI model to determine where rubbish comes from and its migration patterns and other trends. James Muir from Callaghan Innovation will also speak about how CleanTech offers vital opportunities for New Zealand businesses. Network with like-minded people and meet the companies creating clean technology to make a difference to New Zealand.


Camden Howitt: Co-Founder and Programmes Director at Sustainable Coastlines

Leading the strategy, development and funding for the charity’s core programmes. He spearheaded the development of the ground-breaking new program Litter Intelligence, combining citizen science with innovative tech to monitor marine litter and report on the SDGs. He is also an Edmund Hillary Fellow, a member of the Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance, a member of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, and a former board member of the International Environmental Communication Association. Camden regularly addresses various departments of the United Nations on global litter and water quality solutions.


James Muir: Business Innovation Advisor in Sectors – CleanTech & HighTech Products

James is Callaghan Innovation’s Business Innovation Advisor for CleanTech and HighTech Products where he works with a highly skilled team to grow businesses bringing about a stable climate, smart resource use and clean water. James has worked globally with businesses and governments to incorprate environmental considerations into strategy. He has held senior positions in environmental professional services firms, including leadership of a $20m consulting business. In 2018, he founded Crunch & Flourish, which develops scalable digital overlays for system-wide environmental challenges. James has Master’s Degrees in engineering science, ecosystems analysis & governance and creative writing, and is a certified energy risk professional.


  • 4:30pm Networking
  • 5:00pm Welcome TechAlliance/BioTechNZ
  • 5:05pm James Muir Callaghan Innovation – CleanTech update 
  • 5:30pm Camden Howitt, Sustainable Coastlines 
  • 6.00pm Q&As
  • 7.00pm Networking drinks 
  • 7:30pm Close


Special thanks to the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology, University of Auckland for sponsoring this event.




Jul 08
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – $25
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SBS Reception Lounge
SBS Reception Lounge (Common Room) at the IIB and SBS entrance to the Thomas Building, 3a Symonds St, School of Biological Sciences.
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
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