MaDE2020 physical conference: 

7 – 8 December 2020


For late registration enquiries, please email 



Dear MaDE Network members,

The MaDE2020 Conference Committee hopes you are all safe and healthy, as we all productively work towards less restrictive levels of operation now that the COVID-19 situation appears to be easing.

Circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic dictated that we announced the postponement of MaDE2020 in Auckland until later this year. These dates have now been rescheduled to Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 December 2020. REGISTRATION is open and SUBMISSIONS have re-opened.

MaDE2020 (DIGITAL) was a highlight package of MaDE2020 during Techweek2020 at on 29 July. This virtual event was professionally MC’d and the format included a series of short, pre-recorded Key Presentations and a live Panel Discussion followed by a pre-recorded Student Innovation Showcase sample, all of which can now be viewed in the Conference History section of this website. 

As you are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications have been grave and the escalation worldwide in recent weeks and days is very concerning. The MaDE2020 Organising Committee has been monitoring the situation and reviewing all available options, with the health and safety of everyone involved being our priority.

The preparation for MaDE2020 has been ongoing since June 2019 with many colleagues; authors, reviewers, sponsors, exhibitors and of course all those already registered, contributing towards making MaDE2020 another successful event. We feel that by postponing rather than cancelling MaDE2020 outright, we are safeguarding all the hard work done to date. The new dates for MaDE2020 will be decided after the New Zealand COVID-19 lockdown period has been lifted and will likely be late 2020 at the same venue, Cordis Auckland. We see this as the best solution we have at hand under these unprecedented circumstances. In setting the new date, we acknowledge that there will be various limitations such as the availability of keynote speakers, sponsors, abstract authors and delegates.

We will strive towards ensuring an exciting MaDE2020 Conference Programme with sponsors and exhibitors participating as they intended and abstract authors retaining their opportunity to present an oral or poster if they choose to make themselves available to attend.

We sincerely hope that you understand our decision and continue to support MaDE2020 under the circumstances. We acknowledge that for some of you, the new date may not be ideal, but we hope you will be able to participate in our event on 7-8 December 2020, as well as in MaDE2020 (DIGITAL) during Techweek2020. The MaDE2020 Organising Committee is working hard to implement this postponement and will communicate with all concerned in due course to make these changes go as smoothly as possible.

We will do our utmost to ensure that MaDE2020 will be yet another successful event. And, last but not least, the Organising Committee send their heartfelt support to all those affected in one way or another by COVID-19.


Dedicated New Zealand government website:


Synergies in New Zealand Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship

The Fourth National Conference

for Innovation in Manufacturing, Design and Entrepreneurship

New dates: 7-8 December 2020

Join us later this year in Auckland for MaDE2020 to learn about exciting, new manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship research and to be inspired through examples of positive collaborations between industry and researchers. The MaDE Network is a cross-disciplinary community of New Zealand researchers in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship that works in close collaboration with industry to envision and shape New Zealand’s future manufacturing economy.


*Photos by Gottfried Boehnke and Graeme Finch

MaDE2020 physical conference dates:

7-8 December 2020.



until 23 November 2020.


MaDE2020 (DIGITAL) was a highlight package, live-streamed on 29 July 2020 during Techweek2020. The CONFERENCE HISTORY section of this website is where you can view recorded segments of our virtual event.

MaDE2020 will be brought to you by the University of Auckland’s IMM Programme


Conference Opening: 7 Dec 2020
Student Showcase: 7 Dec 2020
Gala Dinner: 7 Dec 2020
Conference Close: 8 Dec 2020


Abstract Portal Opened: 13 Nov 2019
Abstract Review Completed: 30 Apr 2020
New Abstract Submissions opened: 30 July 2020
New Abstract Deadline: 28 August 2020
Authors Notified: 22 September
All Abstract Revisions Due: 28 Sept 2020


Registration Opened: 20 Jan 2020
Early Bird Reg. Closed: 15 Oct 2020
Standard Reg. Closes: 23 Nov 2020