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Groundswell Festival of Innovation 2020

Later this month, Groundswell 2020 takes place, the 4th year of Tauranga's Festival of Innovation. Due to COVID-19, all events are being held virtually and while that will limit the networking opportunities, there are still some great events coming up.

Cucumber has supported Groundswell since the first Festival in 2017 and once again, Cucumber is a sponsor of Groundswell 2020.


At the time of writing there are 9 Groundswell events from July 27 to August 2 and registration is open for all events. Some highlights are

DR MICHELLE DICKINSON and BEN KEPES on businesses that have pivoted to survive and thrive

Michelle is a bestselling author, television presenter, entrepreneur and creator of Nanogirl.
Ben is the principal of Diversity Limited and published commentator for outlets such as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian.

JOHN OLSEN on company culture helping you keep the staff you need.

John has over 20 years’ global leadership experience in HR for Microsoft, GE, and Amazon.

KATHRINE SWITZER on creating moments that change the world. 

Kathrine was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, then at the age of 70 (50 years after running her first race) she continued to run the Boston Marathon breaking more world records.

ANGE WALLACE on understanding how to introduce client feedback into your business. 

Ange is the director of Tauranga company What Lies Beneath after many years working in the export arena.

Other events cover Women in Innovation, running a Virtual Organisation (a RHUBARB event), doing Tech for Good and Innovation in the Bay of Plenty.