2018 Crane Conference - 18 to 20th July 2018
at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland
at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland
Book your accommodation direct with the hotel:
Phone: +64 9 366 3000
Superior Room (single occupancy) NZ$255.00 per night incl one breakfast
Superior Room (double occupancy) NZ$280.00 per night incl two breakfasts
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Keynote Speaker - William Pike
William Pike is an inspirational kiwi who is on one hell of a journey - from losing his leg in a volcanic eruption, to starting a nationwide youth development programme, to recently mountaineering in Antarctica.
It’s easy to see that William has an infectious enthusiasm for adventure, life and fun. His character and outlook on life are nicely summed up by the title of his popular autobiography, Every Day’s A Good Day.
William is an accomplished inspirational speaker who doesn’t retell stories, he relives them.
10 years ago, William almost lost his life in a volcanic eruption on Mt. Ruapehu. Doctors noted William’s survival as a miracle.
William’s obsession for the outdoors, education and seeing life’s challenges as opportunities to try again have helped him overcome adversity more than once.
William’s stories are wrapped with relatable messages that challenge audiences to be everyday explorers, to be obsessed in a good way and how taking it slow is the fast track to success. Be prepared to relive this gripping, tear jerking, and hilarious journey on the edge of your seat.
As well as inspiring adults, William is the inspiration behind the William Pike Challenge Award, a youth development programme with a vision to grow resilient, confident and connected kiwi kids. Since 2013 the programme has made a positive impact on thousands of youth and close to 100 communities across the country.
As a 2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist, 2017 Blake Leader Award recipient and a national role model – William is a leader and an achiever who resonates passion and success without limits.
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Opening Speaker - Liam Malone
Liam Malone is nothing short of inspiring and truly knows how to WOW an audience.
The retired blade-running Paralympian has followed his passion for technology and innovation to work with Auckland-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.
Liam speaks on the fascinating movements in AI, digital disruption, innovation and more. Unlike many futurists, Liam is working with these technologies and seeing their advances daily, thereby offering a unique insight into the industry, what’s ahead and what it means for doing business as we know it.
From technology for shopping assistants to customer service agents, Soul Machines creates life-like digital humans for business to employ to humanise online self-service, it’s a concept Air New Zealand, among others have already trialled.
Liam is widely known as the world number one bladerunner – hitting the headlines when after less than three short years in the sport he broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His story of hitting rock bottom while at university to turning it all around and receiving two golds and a silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games is nothing short of incredible. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever – legs or not!
Liam’s awards also include the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.
Liam, never one to rest on his laurels hasn’t stopped running completely; he has set himself a challenge more difficult than sprinting and has begun training for marathon running.
Well received among all audiences, Liam’s story will surprise and delight - an authentic and vulnerable delivery covering everything from overcoming adversity to AI.
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