Lightning Lab Manufacturing, of which we are Supporting Partners, is collaborating with Callaghan Innovation's C-PRIZE UAV competition to bring a 'Day of Hardware Innovation' to New Zealand.

Months of late nights, intensive mentoring and product testing will come to a head in Lower Hutt on November 19 in a double-header start-up 'Day of Hardware Innovation,' where ventures will come together to showcase their products.

Lightning Lab Manufacturing is New Zealand's first hardware accelerator, where seven startup ventures with products as diverse as motion capture technology and sustainable surfboards, have been bought into the Lab in Lower Hutt for three months to build and scale businesses based on physical products. 

The Callaghan Innovation C-PRIZE is a challenge set in concert with the NZ Film industry, to solve one of three 'big issues' faced in using UAVs (drones) in filmmaking: stability in high winds, aircraft noise and automatic tracking of moving objects.

Day of Hardware Innovation - November 19th

2:00 - 5:00pm - C-PRIZE Den of Drones

The six C-PRIZE finalists pitch their UAV technology to judges and potential investors as part of the competition. 

5:30 - 8:30pm - Lightning Lab Manufacturing Pitch Event

The seven Lightning Lab Manufacturing teams pitch their products and their business models to a room full of investors and New Zealand's start-up community.

Interested investors and attendees are invited to register their interest through the Lightning Lab Manufacturing website at:

Interested attendees for the C-PRIZE event are invited to register through this link: