Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme


MaDE NZ (Manufacturing, Design, Entrepreneurship New Zealand)


The NZ MaDE Network


The MaDE Network, formed in 2016, is a community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship, working in close collaboration with industry. This cross-disciplinary researcher network is focused on New Zealand’s manufacturing economy of the future. 

Development of the MaD Network is currently led by the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme. Funding for this initiative is provided by a University of Auckland Strategic Initiative Research Fund. 

Our MISSION is….

To develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy.

Our VISION is…

For New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship.

Initiated in 2016, the scope and membership of the MaDE Network is quickly being established. MaD for the Future 2017 was the network’s inaugural national conference with subsequent successful events hosted in 2018 and 2019. MaDE2020 will be hosted in Auckland as the fourth national event as we continue to refine who we are and what we do...

Who we are:

  • Researchers from New Zealand tertiary institutes, crown research institutes and companies who are willing and able to fulfil the MaDE Network Mission
  • Industry representatives who are willing and able to fulfil the MaDE Network Mission.
  • Those educating and those being educated for, or those participating in, New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing economy

What we do:

  • Focus on identifying and developing products and manufacturing sectors in which New Zealand can compete globally
  • Carry out active, collaborative research in disciplines of manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship that contribute to the MaDE Network Mission
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary research, in the areas of Human Centred Design, Engineering Design, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MaDE2020: Synergies in New Zealand Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship (#MaDE2020)


MaDE2020 is the Fourth National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship (#MaDE2020).

MaDE2020 (DIGITAL) will be a highlight package, live-streamed from the University of Auckland's TV Studio during Techweek2020 on Wednesday 29 July from 12-2pm. CLICK HERE for more details and to register. This virtual event is free and includes a series of short, pre-recorded presentations by our MaDE2020 Keynote Speakers and a live Panel Discussion followed by a pre-recorded Student Innovation Showcase sample. 

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the physical MaDE2020 conference was postponed and the revised dates are now confirmed. 

Conference Dates: Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 December 2020 | Conference Dinner: 7 December 2020 | Abstract SubmissionsOn hold (fresh dates TBA)

Early Bird Registration Re-opening soon | Early Bird Deadline: TBA | Registrations Close: TBA

Venue: Cordis Auckland, 83 Symonds Street, Auckland | Programme Outline (TBA) | Sponsorship opportunities

Key Presenters include:

  • Professor Jim Metson (Deputy Vice Chancellor - Research, University of Auckland) - Conference Opening
  • David Chuter (Managing Director, Innovative Manufacturing CRC) - Keynote Speaker
  • Rebecca Percasky (CEO, The Better Packaging Co.) - Keynote Speaker
  • Brett O’Riley (CEO, Employers & Manufacturers Association) - Gala Dinner Presenter
  • Catherine Beard (Executive Director, ManufacturingNZ) - Keynote Speaker
  • Professor Ian Gibson (Prof. of Design Engineering, Scientific Director of Fraunhofer Project Centre, University of Twente) - Keynote Speaker

MaDE2020 will be brought to you by the University of Auckland's Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme and is the fourth national conference for innovation in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship.

The MaDE Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy. The MaDE mission is to develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy. The MaDE vision is for New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship.

The previous conferences in 2017, 2018 and 2019 were very successful in building a national network of researchers and industry stakeholders and initiating valuable new connections and projects. We are now actively developing an application for a National Centre of Research Excellence focused on the intersection of Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurial Research. 

Engaging, short TED-Talk-Type presentations from researchers, industry and government representatives will enable productive communication between delegates from different backgrounds. In addition, MaDE2020 will showcase industry/research work by way of Poster presentations, to be displayed in the exhibition and networking area; local and international Keynote Speakers will set the tone; Panel Discussions and Breakout Sessions will provide topic specific engagement opportunity; and our ticketed MaDE2020 Conference Dinner will be our gala event on Monday 25 May 2020.

MaDE-MaD-IMM Seed Funding


Seed Funding CALLS for Collaborative Research - NOW CLOSED, PROJECTS COMPLETE.

 

CONDITIONS OF AWARDS were...

Successful seed fund project applications must include researchers from the University of Auckland and should:

  • Consider new manufacturing and design processes, digital/data methodologies, machines, and the organisational, commercial, societal and environmental impact of these in the NZ context
  • Have a multi-faculty and/or cross-institutional project team, including researchers from the University of Auckland
  • Result in both research outcomes and a solid foundation for applications for funding from external sources

Applications for up to $30,000 were submitted for final approval by 20 July 2018. Projects commenced during August 2018, with each maximum project duration being one year. Evaluation included assessment of all of the above factors, as well as the capacity of the team to perform the research proposed (best team approach).

 

SPECIFIC CRITERIA were:

  • Potential value: Does the proposed project open up a significant opportunity or solve an important problem for NZ?
  • Strong alignment with the MaDE strategy for NZ: Does the proposed work bring the project to a stage where it could contribute to the MaD strategy for NZ?
  • Science excellence: Is the proposed science well founded?
  • Team quality: Does the team have the appropriate expertise to undertake the project and also take it to the next stage?
  • Funding source/s: Identification of future funding that will be applied for in order to support the expansion of this project beyond the initial seeded stage plus a clear indication of any existing funding sources already in place.
  • Collaborations across institutions and/or industry organisations are strongly encouraged for the project teams. Preference will be given to projects which involve local New Zealand collaborations. The University of Auckland MaD Team can assist with suitable contacts and introductions. A travel budget for this collaboration needs to be included.

Below are each Principal Applicant - Faculty - Topic for the 2018 round of seed-funded projects:

  • Jaspreet Dhupia - Engineering - Reducing Manufacturing Downtime by Condition-based Intelligent Operation of Machinery
  • Kevin I-Kai Wang - Engineering - IoT-based wide area data acquisition and data uncertainty modelling for intelligent value chain management
  • John Cater - Engineering - Titanium Foam Thermal Protection Systems

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During the latter half of 2017 the MaDE-MaD-IMM seed-fund invited proposals for collaborative research in the areas of advanced manufacturing and design. Specific criteria included:

  • Potential value: Does the proposed project open up a significant opportunity or solve an important problem for NZ?
  • Strong alignment with the MaDE strategy for NZ: Does the proposed work bring the project to a stage where it could contribute to the MaD strategy for NZ
  • Science excellence: Is the proposed science well founded?
  • Team quality: Does the team have the appropriate expertise to undertake the project and also take it to the next stage?
  • Funding source/s: Identification of future funding that will be applied for in order to support the expansion of this project beyond the initial seeded stage plus a clear indication of any existing funding sources already in place.

The first two calls for proposals generated applications for seven projects from three faculties, all involving cross-faculty collaboration within the University of Auckland, some with cross-institutional collaborations and with a requirement for developing additional external collaborations. Five of the seven proposals have been funded with up to $30,000 per project.

Listed below are each Principal Applicant - Faculty - Topic:

  • Kenneth Husted - Business - Disruptive process innovation in low- and medium-tech SMEs in New Zealand
  • Alisyn Nedoma - Engineering - Wash your hands! Upscaling the production of integrated sensors by hybrid additive manufacturing for detecting and improving handwashing compliance in a clinical setting
  • David Wynn - Engineering - Representing and reasoning about information quality in collaborative engineering design
  • Peter Smith - Business - Bridging the WIDER Gap: Understanding and facilitating the development of practices and structures for better utilising the main pillars of knowledge in the manufacturing and design sector
  • Wei-Qin Zhuang - Engineering - STOP: A Smart Sewer System