Ambassador Brown on a Tech Tour of Wellington

Ambassador Brown trying our Virtual Reality at ProjectR. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Ambassador Brown spent August 1 meeting leaders of New Zealand’s dynamic innovation and start-up sector, an important economic and cultural U.S.-New Zealand link, in Wellington. Start-ups demonstrated their technology and explained where they are seeking to partner with U.S. expertise and investment to grow further. The tech tour included Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te PapaCreative HQ ProjectRBizDojo, and Xero.

The Ambassador with Creative HQ staff and WREDA CEO, Derek Fry. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with Creative HQ staff and WREDA CEO, Derek Fry. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Brown at CreativeHQ meeting with the Ākina team. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Brown at CreativeHQ meeting with the Ākina team. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Brown at ProjectR. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Brown at ProjectR. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador at lunch with some of Wellington’s tech and entrepreneur . Photo credit: U.S. State Department.

Wellington has a vibrant innovation sector across multiple dynamic layers – high-tech, culture/arts, and cloud based businesses.

The Ambassador also had a chance to meet Geraint Martin, CEO of Te Papa, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) CEO – Derek Fry, and Embassy alumnae – Emma Gawen (who went on an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)) and Samantha Rae-Johns of Little Yellow Bird, who attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the U.S.

Ambassador Brown with Te Papa CEO, Geraint Martin. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Brown with Te Papa CEO, Geraint Martin. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with Emma Gawen and Chaya from Xero. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with Emma Gawen and Chaya from Xero. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with Samantha-Rae Jones of Little Yellow Bird. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with Samantha-Rae Jones of Little Yellow Bird. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

Thanks to all involved for making this visit happen.

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