Event Programme

The full day summit featuring discussions and live product exhibition will highlight ABB’s latest digital technologies and solutions for a variety of applications including asset health, e-mobility, microgrids and food and beverage. 

Featuring local and international industry experts, three (3) concurrent paper streams will run during the day to give participants a choice to attend the areas that interest them the most.

Contact us

For additional information, email ABB NZ Communications with Technology Summit 2019 in the subject line.

Programme details

9:00 - 9:30


9:30 - 9:45

Welcome remarks 
Ewan Morris, Managing Director, ABB in New Zealand

9:45 - 10:15 

Keynote presentation 
Kaila Colbin, CEO of Boma New Zealand and Co-founder of Boma Global

10:15 - 10:45

Panel discussion (details below)

10:45 - 10:50

Presentation of donation to chosen charities

 10:50 - 11:10

Morning tea 

*All sessions will be held at Level 4, see Programme sessions schedule for room assignments.


11:15 - 11:45

Session 1 

11:50 - 12:20 

Session 2 

 12:20 - 13:00


 13:00 - 13:30

Session 3 

 13:35 - 14:05

Session 4 

 14:10 - 14:40

Session 5 

 14:40 - 16:00

 Networking (nibbles and refreshments)

Keynote presentation

Kaila Colbin

CEO, Boma New Zealand

Keynote speaker

Kaila Colbin is co-founder of Boma Global and CEO of Boma New Zealand.

She spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,500 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

She is also a co-founder of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for early-stage entrepreneurs in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chair of the New York-based culinary school Natural Gourmet Institute; Deputy Chair of CORE Education; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ.

Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Talk synopsis:
“Riding the exponential wave of change”

What do nanotechnology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, and robotics have in common, and, more importantly, what do they have to do with you? Join Kaila Colbin for a startling look at the dramatic implications of exponential technologies, and some insight into how we might better prepare ourselves to adapt and thrive in a dynamically changing world.

About the Panel

In a time of unprecedented technological change, expert panelists in the utility, industry and transport and infrastructure sectors will express views and opinions on the impacts of the digital revolution; some of the trends and technologies shaping the future, and the key opportunities and challenges for each sector.

Expert panelists

Mark Gilbert
Chair, Drive Electric/Independent Director, Auckland Transport 

Robert Blache
Future Insights Manager, Advanced Manufacturing 
Callaghan Innovation

Andrew Fox
Country Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 

Paul Blue 
General Manager Asset Management
WEL Networks


Ewan Morris
Managing Director, ABB
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