The Imagine Series

iMAGINE SERIES - Growing TogetherWhat is The Imagine Series?

The Imagine Series is a series of events showcasing stories.

Stories of courage, of leadership, of pathways and journeys, twists and turns along the way that taught lessons and defined futures. It is not a selling platform.

Its mission is to seek out those stories and allow them to inspire and teach, to trigger imaginations and spark actions and ideas for the betterment of the world we live and operate in, both professionally and personally.

To connect with like minded, inspired people.

The best way to predict the future is to work together to create it.

The Imagine Series is hoping to unlock potential and inspire ideas and actions to create some level of improvement for people – whether that be in the workplace, home or community (and hopefully all three). To create a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences, lessons learnt and ways forward – to change the world by changing our world in a positive way.

We are conscious about giving something back and delivering a platform of inspirational opportunities and strengthening relatonships for businesses in Auckland. Hopefully attendees will discover ways to pay it forward and use the stories and learnings to develop opportunities for themselves and others around them to do good things.

Upcoming Events

Events and updates will be added as they are confirmed.

Event One: Glen Willoughby – The exploration of space, helping humanity on earth – Lessons for digital innovation and transformation

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019
Time:  Doors open from 7am for a 7:30am Breakfast start.
Venue: Northern Club19 Princes Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Topic: The exploration of space, helping humanity on earth – Lessons for digital innovation and transformation – Keynote speaker – Glen Willoughby
Cost: Free
Includes: Breakfast and Coffee/Tea/Juice
Dress Code: Smart casual / work wear
Attendance by reservation only

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Glen Willoughby

The exploration of space, helping humanity on earth – Lessons for digital innovation and transformation

In our first event for the Imagine Series join us as Glen Willoughby shares insights on his journey with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and how they have evolved an IT digital innovation and transformation model to support its goal of deep space exploration.  The pace of technology change, increasing organisation pressure to disrupt their own organisation and an increasing focus to drive greater value through digital adoptions created both opportunities and challenges for ICT leaders to navigate.

Glen will describe JPL’s approach to digital innovation (using Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Solutions and Swarm Robots) he will look through the ‘lenses’ of four challenges:

  • Spacecraft design and build collaboration
  • Mars Mission programme: Insight and Mars 2020
  • Exploration of Europa: Jupiter’s Ice Moon
  • Detection of Near-Earth Asteroids


Bio – Glen Willoughby

Glen has over twenty years’ experience in the digital transformation, information and communications technology field having held senior leadership positions in some of Australasia’s largest and most complex organisations. Operating in the manufacturing, health, tertiary education, finance/consulting, space exploration and engineering sectors.

He holds Information Technology qualifications from Waikato Institute of Technology, an MBA from University of Waikato and postgraduate executive qualifications in technology innovation from Singularity University.  He is a Senior Research Fellow Faculty of Health Victoria University and Advisor Digital Technology – Office of the IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Glen is regular international keynote conference speaker on digital technology adoption, security, IT digital leadership and innovation addressing forums including the ‘C’ level conferences (NZ, Australia, US), Medical Schools (Australia, NZ, USA), and Singularity University (Silicon Valley).

In 2018 he was ranked by CIO publication Top 100 as one top ten of New Zealand CIO digital innovation leaders and New Zealand CIO of the year finalist in 2015.  Glen has a strong Australasian and international network in both the public and private sectors, including executive level relationships with leading global IT organisations.  In contrast he also advises and supports IT start-ups organisations in New Zealand and Silicon Valley.