HERA Future Forum: 20/20 VISION
February 21$75 – $1265
Be the disruptor, not the disrupted.
Get certainty about your future at this future-focused event! Equipping yourself to be as prepared as possible is the smart thing to do. Anyone who had been through the GFC and the previous economic downturn in 2001-2002 would recognise this reality.
Change is a constant. Inevitable. And disruptive. So if some thing’s keeping you up at night, you don’t know what threatens your business, or you have no idea what your company needs to face the future, solidify the continuity of your business, attract new staff or retain them – then this conference is for you.
Think you do know? Then attend, and make sure you’ve right!
“Time & innovation wait for no one…”
HERA is giving you a glimpse into what’s next – with our new Future Forum series, the first of which is 20/20 VISION.
Held Thursday 20 February 2020, this workshop is exclusively for our cluster member participants.
Featuring Gijs Van der Velden from MX3D and Des Watkins from Watkins Steel, you’ll get exposure to two experts in their field who’ll talk design of welded structures using robotics, and developing a four-step end-to-end digital process for steel fabrication, utilising 3D scanning, digital twins, augmented reality and automation.
Both workshops hold significant potential to create innovative structures, streamline processes, create cost-efficiencies and increase productivity – they are not to be missed!
We’re kicking of the HERA Future Forum with our Nation breakfast. A forum that connects our current workforce and it’s leaders, with our future generation of engineers. It’s a dynamic mix designed to spark open conversation, and to build a tribe of metalheads. It’s also the first time we’ve ever hosted an event like this!
So please join us for this fantastic networking forum for everyone – we’ve scheduled it so it has minimal impact in terms of down time from tools, so take advantage of that to upskill!
At 20/20 VISION we’re bringing together five of the world’s thought leaders when it comes to our industry. We’ll challenge you to explore the ideas of digital fabrication processes, 3D printing of large scale steel components, HR innovation, future technology impacting the engineering industry, and business innovation culture.
You’ll get insights into what will affect you in the next three years, understanding of what you’ll need to do to pivot or prepare and what as an industry we need to do to futureproof ourselves.
We couldn’t let the day end without some sort of celebration. So, come along to our Nation dinner for a night of recognition, celebration and connection.
We want you to come and have a great night out as we reflect on the achievements of our members – and we invite you to bring along your key clients as well (especially if you’re one of the nominated award recipients).
This night replaces our Industry Gala Dinner of the past.
Who should attend?
This closed workshop on Thursday 20 February 2020 is exclusively for our innovation cluster members in defence, automation and Industry 4.0.
Preceding our Future Forum 20/20 VISION conference, we’ll delve into horizon-expanding topics with the help of two international experts in their field.
They’ve paved the way for us with some truly transformational projects within their businesses – Gijs Van der Velden and Des Watkins.
They’ll share detailed information about their practical experiences and insights, where:
- MX3D CEO, Gijs Van der Velden will leverage his works on the first 3D printed steel footbridge in Holland to explore what the business case for 3D printing using robotic welding is, and
- Watkins Steel CEO, Des Watkins will share his truly transformative process for his steel fabrication business – developing a four-step end-to-end digital process, utilising 3D scanning, digital twins, augmented reality and automation – and the financial impact it has had.
Cluster workshop program
Introduction – General Manager Welding Centre, Michail Karpenko
Business case for 3D printing using robotic welding – Gijs van der Velden, MX3D
45 mins + 15mins Q&A.
AFTERNOON TEA served
Business case for digitisation of your fabrication process – Des Watkins, Watkins Steel
75 mins + 15mins Q&A.
- 5.00 – 6.00pm
Networking – Drinks & nibbles
Who should attend?
This is an amazing networking experience for those working in the metals industry at levels below management and those looking at the engineering industry as their future career path.
That’s because it’s a forum designed to give those new to the workforce and those coming into the industry a voice and mechanism to influence both your managers and our industry’s future direction.
It should be easy for your managers to sign off on you attending as it’ll have minimal impact in terms of ‘time off tools’, and we’ve also priced it affordably as well!
For our leaders and HR related roles – this should be a must for you to have on your radar too. Send your promising staff along and show them you’re willing to invest in them and their personal development. Show them you care, and that they’re important to your business.
And then, make sure you attend too. So you can get a handle on what your current and future workforce expect from you with candid feedback panels and discussion forums.
Hosted by the charismatic and talented Alia Bojilova – she knows the power of the human mind and soul as a trainer for the NZ SAS and HR specialist, as well as the value of the right culture and mindset in a work environment.
Nation breakfast program
- 7.00am – 9.00am, Aucklander Room
Panel featuring young engineers and engineering students hosted by Alia Bojilova
Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland
Who should attend?
If you’re a leader, visionary, dreamer or wanting a brave, brighter future for your organisation then this event is for you.
Meet thought provokers and visionaries who have been there, done that and will show you how you can too!
20/20 VISION program
Welcome – Dr Troy Coyle, CEO HERA
A futurist’s view on steel – Chris Riddell
It’s become very clear that we need to focus on the future – not just business as usual. Chris is a futurist who’ll give you a glimpse into what we should be thinking about for future sustainability, and more importantly the changes we need to make now if we’re to be ready for them.
Be prepared for the opportunities and threats of disruption!
20/20 VISION – Morning TEA served including ‘live’ tech demonstrations by AUT
Steel bridge to the future – Gijs van der Velden, MX3D
When it comes to welding advances, everybody talks about the 3D printed bridge in Holland. Gijs will talk about this project in detail and what the potential is for additive manufacturing using robotic welding in our NZ metals industry.
Be prepared for inspiration!
20/20 VISION – LUNCH served including ‘live’ tech demonstrations by AUT
Building a tribe – Mike Hutcheson, Professor AUT
There’s no doubt we’re missing out on our fair share of employees, government funding and general community love for our industry! Mike will overview how we can work together as an industry to overcome these challenges.
Be prepared to build a tribe of passionate metal heads who innovate successfully!
Hook ‘em and keep ‘em – retaining your staff – Alia Bojilova, HR Expert
Almost of all of us say we’ve got a skills shortage and are in a skills crisis. Alia will look at ways to help you develop an employment brand that ensures you’re able to attract and better retain staff to address this challenge.
Be prepared to finally get your fair share of engaged and skilled employees!
Scanning to the future – Des Watkins, Watkins Steel
Sick of hearing about digital transformation and Industry 4.0 and just want to get to the part where you can find out how it’ll work in your business? Des will talk about his own business transformation journey in embracing new technologies. Giving insight into the challenges he faced, and real impacts it’s had on his productivity and business outcomes.
Be prepared for practical examples that you can relate to!
20/20 VISION – Afternoon TEA served including ‘live’ tech demonstrations by AUT
Encouraging Maori into STEM initiative – Taniora Herewini, Puhoro STEM Academy
Real-world NZ applications of IoT and VR – Presentation by AUT
The future is here!
Conference closes – if attending the Nation dinner, buses will depart from the Grand Millennium Hotel every 15 minutes from 5.30pm to 6.15pm
Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland
Aucklander Room, ground floor
Who should attend?
This is a night full of glitz and glam for our members and their key stakeholders and clients to celebrate our industry wins. It also includes an exquisite three-course ‘Kiwiana’ meal, and great entertainment.
If you have a project up for an award, or are looking for a perfect event to network with a group of business contacts – then this is the event to book out a table and do so!
There are three award categories being recognised during the evenings events:
- Keith Smith Memorial Award
- Innovation Award(s)
- Student Award(s)
More details can be found here. Please note that nominations have opened and will close 30th November.
Auckland War Museum Events Centre
Nation dinner program
Pre-dinner drinks – Auckland Museum Grand Foyer
- Nation dinner begins – entrees served
Whanake scholarship presentation
Nation dinner – mains served
Innovation Award – followed by entertainment
Keith Smith Memorial Award
Nation dinner – dessert, tea and coffee served
Chris Riddell | Futurist
A futurist and digital technology expert who will crystal ball for our members what is ahead for our industry. Innovation -> Disruption -> Transformation.
Chris Riddell showed a wonderful articulation for technology and its real life use, with practical examples and none of the propeller spinning complexity and jargon that is often seen. He was able to not only entertain and inspire but delivered on the future ways of working and the challenges faced by business leaders today. I’d highly recommend Chris for businesses that are needing thought provoking discussion on how they’ll continue in the future with technology.
Gijs van der Velden | CEO, MX3D
Creator of the first of its kind 3D printed steel footbridge in the Netherlands, Gijs will share with us the challenges and rewards of his experience, and what he see the future bringing to our industry.
Des Watkins | CEO, Watkins Steel
Australian steel fabricator who has developed a four-step end-to-end digital process for his steel fabrication business, utilising 3D scanning, digital twins, augmented reality and automation.
Watkins Steel are doing amazing stuff and achieving real world outcomes, which have redefined their business. By far one of the finest corporate applications of immersive tech that I’ve see. A real game changer – which has massive implications and potential for the traditional building & manufacturing industries!”
Mike Hutchinson | Adjunct Prof Innovation, AUT
A businessman, media guru and adjunct professor of innovation at the Auckland University of Technology, Mike will focus on how the industry can improve its image, build a community and raise its attractiveness.
Mike spent the time to meet with me and review his presentation. He was entertaining and illuminating, a great way to start our conference.
Insurance Advisernet New Zealand
Alia Bojilova | HR specialist, Associate Director Sheffield Recruitment
HR specialist who will help our members understand the labour market and what the next generation of engineers will look for in a prospective employer, as well as how to retain staff.
Alia is one of the most inspirational, strong and and incredibly personable people I’ve met; her incredible story, along with her leadership skills and experience glow when you talk to her, as it does when she talks to to a crowd of people. She is a pleasure to work with and truly delivers!
PwC Herald Talks – Transformation of Leadership, 2018.
Stand for something bigger than you – the future of our industry.
Become a disruptive sponsor & change maker.
Our 20/20 Vision conference is coming, and it couldn’t be more different than what you’ve seen in the past.
We’ve reassessed, rethought and disrupted – EVERYTHING. From content, to layout, food, intent and more – this will be an experience that will challenge every sense, every comfort level, every step of the way.
Why? Because, what lays ahead for our industry is a whole new landscape. One that isn’t about pumping out physical products from workshops. But – concentration & consolidation. Restructuring. Getting to market faster. Customer engagement. And, influence.
Disruption and innovation are major players in this change. We get it – which is why 20/20 VISION is pushing all the ‘traditional conference’ boundaries and ‘metals’ topics.
If you can handle that jandal too, then put your money where it matters and be one of our ‘disruptive sponsors’. After all… sponsors are the lifeblood of an event like this one! In fact, we’ve already had some early adopter sponsors – and we look forward to many more joining the ranks!
If you’re brave enough to back something different, this sponsorship choice that will give you meaningful wins not only for yourself, but your customers, potential customers, staff, communities and other stakeholders as well.
Simply download our prospectus to find out more, or contact our Conference Coordinator Brian Low to discuss further!
This is an exclusive members only event!
Not a HERA member?
It’s not too late to sign up for membership to secure your place in this inaugural event!
Not only will this give you access to this event, but it’ll also reduce your course fees for your business and any of your employees throughout the year. And depending on the tier of membership you choose you can also enjoy discounts on offered resources and other membership benefits as well.
20/20 VISION Future Forum only
Includes Nation breakfast, lunch and tea breaks
20/20 VISION + Nation dinner
Includes Nation breakfast, lunch, tea breaks and dinner
Nation breakfast only
Includes breakfast, networking & panel
Nation dinner only
Includes three course kiwiana dinner and drinks
pre-conference workshop only
Includes afternoon tea and after-event drinks & nibbles