Envisaging the future of sport technology

Design touches all aspects of our lives, from the buildings we spend our days and nights in, to the gadgets we entrust our digital selves to.

It also plays a key part in the sports industry, and the next Envisage programme from AUT's CoLab is bringing together people from leading companies in design and sport to discuss new developments and opportunities in sport and technology. 

In partnership with ATEED and Film Auckland, speakers include Stephen Kent, R&D manager at Zephyr Technology; Mario Wynands, managing director of hi-tech game studio Sidhe ; Dr. Nicholas Gill, All Blacks trainer; and Glenn Jenkins of Speed Power & Stability Systems.

Registration is free but places are limited to 150 – email

Where: AUT Conference Centre WA224, 55 Wellesley Street West, Auckland Central

When: Thursday September 22, 6.30 - 8:30 pm

Stephen will discuss the future of sports monitoring in the world of social networking, open source development and cloud computing technology.

Zephyr is an emerging technology company that focuses on physiological monitoring. Its technology was used by Chilean Mine Rescue and recently live on American TV for transmitting athletic physiological data during the NFL Combine.

Nicholas will expand on the applications of technology in rugby union to improve athlete performance and reduce injury risk.
In the past decade, since being awarded a PhD, Nicholas Gill has spread his time between academia and elite sport. He worked with the NZ rowing team for a number of years and has been working in professional rugby for over 10 years. At present he is the strength and conditioning coach for the All Blacks and a research fellow at AUT.


Mario will take a look behind the scenes at major console game Rugby Challenge, discussing the design philosophy, processes and technologies at Sidhe that have gone into creating the largest video game production in New Zealand.
In his 14 years at  Sidhe, New Zealand's largest game development studio, he has run studio operations, managed numerous games and overseen the creation of many successful titles including Shatter, GripShift, and Speed Racer. Wynands also introduced the company’s PikPok label which has released multiple hits for iOS and Android.

Glenn will discuss commercialising elite rugby knowledge through IT.

Speed Power & Stability Systems designs, manufactures and exports a wide range of sporting and rugby equipment to 17 countries.

Its dedicated rugby brand R80 Rugby has partnered with the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby to develop a business solution around on the online digital delivery of rugby coaching video products.  With a “Learn from the Best” and “Crusaders Secrets Revealed” theme, the project required a custom technology solution.

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