The Ambassador visits innovation hubs Mahuki and ProjectR

The Ambassador trying the #VRkiwi #walkinginVR hardware at ProjectR - he picked it up quickly! Photo credit: ProjectR.

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington.

U.S. Ambassador Brown had a follow-up visit on November 6 to two of Wellington’s innovation hubs,  ProjectR (co-working space for startups in the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality /Mixed Reality space) and Mahuki (an innovation accelerator program for startups in Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector). The Mahuki residents, in the final stages of the four-month accelerator program, practiced their pitches in front of the Ambassador ahead of their demo day.

The Ambassador exploring Augmented Reality at ProjectR. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador exploring Augmented Reality at ProjectR. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador having a tour of Mahuki. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador having a tour of Mahuki. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

While at ProjectR, the Ambassador met with its Director, Jessica Manins, who was selected by the embassy (along with Alexia Hilbertidou – Founder of GirlBoss) to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India on 28-30 November, 2017.

The Ambassador with ProjectR Director, and GES 2017 attendee, Jessica Manins, inside a full body 3D scanner. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
The Ambassador with ProjectR Director, and GES 2017 attendee, Jessica Manins, inside a full body 3D scanner. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

New Zealand start-ups eagerly welcome U.S. official and private sector engagement due to the unique world-leading U.S. brands in this sector and environment.

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