sponsors
 

The Innovation Challenge would not be possible if it did not receive the support of its sponsors,
Westpac NZ, Genesis Energy, GE New Zealand, Unison Networks, and Z Energy.

 

WESTPAC NZ - SUSTAINABILITY

Westpac GM Commercial, Corporate and Institutional Banking, Karen Silk, says she looks forward to the results of the challenge, particularly fresh ideas supporting New Zealand’s transition to a low carbon economy.

“Westpac works with a number of energy clients, from some of the country’s largest generators to those in the solar power space. The challenge is an ideal way to identify more opportunities around renewable energy and extending our support to start-ups.”

 

Karen Silk, GM Corporate 

Karen Silk, GM Corporate 

 
 
Marc England, Chief Executive

Marc England, Chief Executive


GENESIS ENERGY - ENERGY RETAIL 

"Getting behind the Lightning Lab Electric was an easy decision for Genesis Energy. The objectives of Lightning Lab Electric align brilliantly with Genesis Energy’s new direction and focus on creating innovative products and services for energy customers in New Zealand. The energy world is changing fast - access to affordable solar panels and the ability to store, in a battery, electricity generated at home is creating a new energy ecosystem and new innovative opportunities in the electricity sector.

"Using know-how and data gained from close to half a million smart meters and solar installations, Genesis Energy is pouring its energy into creating customer insight-driven services. We changed the way we work so we can create digital services that excite our customers and help them manage their energy experience. So we’re supporting Lightning Lab Electric as another way of encouraging more innovation for energy consumers."

 
 

GE NEW ZEALAND- DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE 

“GE New Zealand is excited to be Creative HQ’s exclusive Digital Infrastructure partner for the 2017 Lightning Lab Electric programme.  The programme’s objectives are to stimulate and support new ideas, technologies and innovations not yet seen in the industry and to support our next generation of innovators, which GE is proud to be part of.  These objectives are fully consistent with GE’s own directions to be the world’s first Digital Industrial company where it is expected that by 2020, over 50 billion industrial assets will be connected to the internet. GE is responding to this direction through its own digital transformation including the launch of its cloud based computing platform, ‘Predix’.  Predix connects the physical world with the digital world.  By connecting industrial equipment to Predix using innovative apps that analyse data in real-time and applying predictive analytics, Predix can unleash new levels of infrastructure performance of both GE and non-GE assets.”

 

Kevin Hart, Country Leader

Kevin Hart, Country Leader

 
 
Ken Sutherland, Chief Executive

Ken Sutherland, Chief Executive


UNISON NETWORKS - ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION 

“The challenges and change now facing much of the world’s electricity infrastructure — also known as the grid — is substantial.  Customers require electricity reliability like never before and they want more control over how they use it. They’re concerned about sustainability, but they still need their electricity to be affordable and available at the flick of a switch. The traditional way of delivering electricity is no longer enough. To meet the demands of the future, innovative people and approaches are essential. 

“Unison has always been at the forefront of innovation and the smart technology we have now deployed across our network is testament to the levels of innovative thinking instilled within our culture. We know first-hand the benefits that result from intelligent thinking and smart people.  

“Through partnering with Lightning Lab Electric, we are fostering both innovation and unleashing the potential of entrepreneurs. It’s a great fit for us and we’re delighted to be the exclusive electricity distribution business partner for this programme.”

 
 

Z ENERGY - INNOVATION CHALLENGE CONSUMER SOLUTIONS

Z Energy Corporate Strategy Manager Chris Durno says with Z currently supplying nearly half of all of New Zealand’s liquid transport fuels, the company is uniquely positioned to lead the transition to a cleaner energy future.

“The way the world thinks about and consumes energy is set to change significantly over the next 20 years. Z is committed to being a part of this future and to ensuring New Zealand is able to take a leadership position globally. Our focus on innovation in the liquid fuel supply chain makes Z a natural partner with Lightning Lab Electric and we’re excited about participating fully in this programme around New Zealand’s energy future.”

Chris Dunro, Corporate Strategy Manager 

Chris Dunro, Corporate Strategy Manager 

 
 
 

NZ TRADE & ENTERPRISE

NZTE has supported Lightning Lab Electric since its inception.