MaD2017 Outcomes

MaD for the Future 2017 was the MaD Network’s inaugural conference, and focused on the following outcomes. This event was pivotal in the ongoing process of defining who we are, and what we do.


Understanding the landscape of NZ manufacturing and design capabilities and expertise, as well as the needs of NZ businesses, in the areas of manufacturing and design


Creating a sense of BELONGING to the NZ MaD Network, including new and emerging researchers


Identifying areas for COLLABORATION within the NZ MaD COMMUNITY, and following the conference, laying the ground work for the NZ MaD Network as it develops towards a national Centre of Research Excellence in manufacturing and design

Who attended:

·    Researchers from New Zealand tertiary institutes and crown research institutes who are willing and able to fulfil the MaD Network Mission

·    Industry representatives who are willing and able to fulfil the MaD Network Mission

·    Those educating and those being educated for, or those participating in, New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing economy

What will we do together:

·     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 and design that contribute to the MaD Network Mission

·     Conduct multi-disciplinary research, in the areas of Human Centred Design, Engineering Design, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems and Innovation