MaDE Network

NZ’s Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship (MaDE) Network

The MaDE Network (formerly MaD), formed in 2016, is a community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship, working in close collaboration with industry. This cross-disciplinary researcher network is focused on New Zealand’s manufacturing economy of the future.

Our MISSION is….

To develop expertise and capability in translational research, to grow New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing economy.

Our VISION is…

For New Zealand to be recognised as a leading, technology empowered economy driven by innovative, high-value, niche manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship.

Initiated in 2016, the scope and membership of the MaDE Network has since been established. MaD for the Future 2017 was the network’s inaugural national conference with subsequent successful physical events hosted in 2018, 2019 and 2020, with an additional digital event in 2020 during the pandemic. The pandemic forced postponement of MaDE2021 to January 2022, hence MaDE2022 will be hosted in Auckland as the fifth national event.

Who we are:

  • Researchers from New Zealand tertiary institutes, crown research institutes and companies who are willing and able to fulfil the MaDE Network Mission
  • Industry representatives who are willing and able to fulfil the MaDE Network Mission.
  • Those educating and those being educated for, or those participating in, New Zealand’s high-value manufacturing economy

What we do:

  • 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, design and entrepreneurship that contribute to the MaDE Network Mission
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary research, in the areas of Human Centred Design, Engineering Design, Manufacturing Processes, Manufacturing Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Development of the MaDE Network is currently led from the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme at the University of Auckland.
Funding for this initiative is provided by a University of Auckland Strategic Initiative Research Fund and, more recently, from our network of conference sponsors and supporters.

MaDE2022 Conference Committee

•Olaf Diegel, University of Auckland (Co-Chair)
•Jim Johnston, Victoria University of Wellington (Co-Chair)
•Marcel Schaefer, Auckland University of Technology (Co-Chair)
•Mark Battley, University of Auckland
•Claire Barnsley, University of Auckland (Operations – until 3 Dec 2021)
•Stephanie Szmurlo, University of Auckland (Event Manager)
•Amanda Wallace, University of Auckland (Event and Conference Planner)
•Jonathan Stringer, University of Auckland
•Yuqian Lu, University of Auckland
•Paul Woodfield, Auckland University of Technology
•Khalid Arif, Massey University (Albany)
•Mike Duke, University of Waikato
•Rachael Tighe, University of Waikato
•Tim Miller, Victoria University of Wellington
•Don Clucas, University of Canterbury

MaDE Driver Team (Steering Committee)

•Olaf Diegel, University of Auckland (Lead)
•Kenneth Husted, University of Auckland
•Mark Taylor, University of Auckland
•Simon Bickerton, University of Auckland
•Claire Barnsley, University of Auckland (Operations – until 3 Dec 2021)
•Marcel Schaefer, Auckland University of Technology
•Don Cleland, NSC10 & Massey University (Palmerston North)
•Johan Potgieter, Massey University (Palmerston North)
•Mike Duke, University of Waikato
•Simon Fraser, Victoria University of Wellington
•Tim Miller, Victoria University of Wellington
•Conan Fee, University of Canterbury
•Shayne Gooch, University of Canterbury
•Debbie Munro, University of Canterbury
•Robert Blache, Callaghan Innovation
•Allen Guinibert, Fisher & Paykel Appliances
•Dieter Adam, The Manufacturers’ Network
•Catherine Beard, BusinessNZ / ManufacturingNZ / ExportNZ


ON 25 - 26 JANUARY 2022

In response to the New Zealand government’s recent announcement that all of New Zealand will move to traffic light Red at 11.59pm 23 January 2022, the MaDE Conference Executive have met and confirmed that the MaDE2022 Conference will not go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 January 2022.

More information will be forthcoming, we thank you for your patience as we work through our options.



MaDE2022 has been cancelled.


Abstract Portal Now Closed
Abstract Review Complete: 1 Aug 2021
Authors Notified: 10 Aug 2021
All Abstract Revisions Due: 20 Aug 2021
Student Innovation Showcase EOIs due: 10 Sep 2021
ALL PRESENTERS RECONFIRM for MaDE2022 by: 12 Nov 2021


Registration Open
Early Bird Reg. Close: 24 Dec 2021
Standard Reg. Close: 14 Jan 2022