Immersive-Tech Storytelling for Tourism, Brands & GLAM

WHAT:  XR Tech (VR/AR/MR) Illumination, ‘Future of Storytelling’ Panel Talk & Hands-on Tech Demo
WHERE:  Tautoru / TSB Space, Hapori | Community,  Level 1, TŪRANGA / Christchurch Central Library, Christchurch
WHEN:  5.00 – 8.00 on 21st May (2nd day of Tech Week 2019)
WHO:  Storytellers, Tourism Industry, GLAM Sectors, Brand Professionals, Marketers, Art &      Cultural Institutions, Technologists and Curious Doers.


As part of TechWeek 19, JIX will be hosting a hands-on, immersive event which includes a panel discussion and hands-on tech demo. 

Whether you work in marketing, the tourism industry or for a gallery, library or museum, this event is for you. Come along and hear about the future of storytelling through a panel discussion and hands-on tech demo.

Since taking part in MAHUKI, the innovation accelerator within the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, JIX has returned to Christchurch for their first big event! 

Programme (Evening) :

5:00 - 5:10 : Networking
5:10 - 5:20 : Introduction, H&S.
5:20 - 5:35 : Introductory Keynote by Tui Te Hau - Director, Public Engagement, National Library of New Zealand
5:35 - 5:40 : Questions
5:40 - 5:55: ‘Getting ready for the Experience Economy - VR/AR/MR Storytelling’ Keynote by Sakthi
6:00 - 6:20 : ‘Future of Storytelling’ panel talk: Impact of Emerging-Technologies in the Immersive Storytelling of Tourism, Cultural Institutions & Brands.
6:20 - 6:30 : MAHUKI Showcase Day Repeat Pitch from Te Papa National Museum of Wellington
6:30 - 8:00 : Hands on Tech Demos
7:00 - 8:00 : Drinks & Networking
8:00 : Wrap up


Tui Te Hau - Director, Public Engagement, National Library of New Zealand
Sakthi Ranganathan - Design Technologist and Founder of JIX Reality


Tui Te Hau - Director, Public Engagement, National Library of New Zealand 
Jaemen Busby, Chief Creative Officer, Vaka Interactive
Sakthi Ranganathan - Design Technologist and Founder of JIX Reality
Miranda Satterthwaite - Education Manager, International Antarctic Centre
Kris Herbert - CEO, Content NZ


Marian Johnson, CEO, Ministry of Awesome


Tui Te Hau
Tui leads the public engagement, fundraising, operational and commercial activities of the National Library. At the heart of this work is connecting the knowledge and taonga held within the National Library with communities and visitors.

Tui has built complex national innovation programmes from scratch, including Mahuki: the world’s first business accelerator for the culture sector (located within Te Papa). She has also been a former New Zealand Trade Commissioner in Melbourne, General Manager of a leading creative digital agency, and Chief Executive of Creative HQ.

Tui also led the Maori Enterprise Team of Trade NZ (now NZ Trade and Enterprise). A scholarship recipient for the 2017 Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme and a finalist in the Government category of the Wellingtonian of the year awards 2017, Tui is passionate about creative entrepreneurship and innovation

Sakthi Priya Ranganathan
Sakthi is a Design Technologist, Entrepreneur and Founder at JIX Reality, an infused Cross Reality (VR/AR/MR/AI) Startup, Experiential Marketing Studio and Ed-Tech Social Enterprise, creating 'Joyful Immersive Experiences' that are compelling, immersive and interactive.

Jaemen Busby
Jaemen is Chief Creative Officer at Wellington-based Vaka Interactiv, a story-tech company focussed on fusing technology and art to ‘awaken the story’.

Alumni of Mahuki, Vaka Interactiv have created the world’s first cultural storytelling portrait, Culture Lens. They have successfully launched Culture Lens in Auckland, Wellington and Invercargill.

Miranda Satterthwaite
Miranda Satterthwaite is the Education Manager at the International Antarctic Centre - she has been tasked with introducing a range of new innovative programmes in STEAM at the International Antarctic Centre in collaboration with the National Science Foundation and other Antarctic Missions.

Kris Herbert
Kris Herbert is a journalist and storyteller who is fascinated by the space where modern technology combines with the ancient human practice of storytelling. Kris founded Placecasting Limited to explore location-based storytelling and last year released three geolocated storytelling projects - a community storytelling experience, a poetry walking tour and a craft beer guide. Kris is also a founder of Content NZ, a non-profit marketing association helping companies find purpose and use storytelling to connect to customers.