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Taryn Ellis

Innovation Community Catalyst | Transformation and Innovation, Datacom

Taryn’s role as Innovation Community Catalyst at Datacom involves seeding an innovation cluster framework and platform to regional and local neighbourhoods. This includes providing clear initiatives and implementation roadmaps to take neighbourhoods on a journey towards being self-sustaining.

Datacom and its industry partners recently launched a new neighbourhood innovation cluster, Wynyard Innovation Neighbourhood (WIN) – a ground breaking collaboration between Datacom, Sky City Auckland, Air New Zealand, ASB Bank Limited, IAG New Zealand and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited. This association of like-minded, non-competitive companies has embraced the philosophy and practice of supporting local innovation, attracting the best talent, enabling cultural engagement in innovation, sharing learnings to improve outcomes for members and lifting New Zealand’s innovation profile on the global stage.

As innovation neighbourhoods are established and the network grows, Datacom is developing a best practice agenda that is rigorous, innovative and transferrable. Key to its success, is supporting collaborative and trusting relationships focused on strong outcomes and positive experiences.