26 April 2016

Refactor: May 2016 in conjunction with Techweek AKL

  • Toto's Montecristo Room
  • 53 Nelson StreetAuckland,
  • Auckland, 1010 New Zealand

Our next Refactor event is on Thursday 19 May 2016. It's presented in conjunction with Techweek AKL, and our sponsors Catalyst and Microsoft!


Refactor tickets $25 – open to both women & men


Speaker profiles

Claudia Batten

US-based Kiwi Claudia Batten (@claudiabatten) will openly admit she is digitally obsessed. From her roots in commercial law, she has been a founding member of two highly successful entrepreneurial ventures. As part of the founding team of Massive Incorporated, a network for advertising in video games, she helped pioneer “digital” as a media buy. Massive was sold to Microsoft in 2006, where Claudia then spent 3 years scaling the in-game network. In 2009 she co-founded Victors & Spoils, the first advertising agency built on the principles of crowdsourcing. After two years in market, V&S was majority acquired by French holding company Havas Worldwide. In 2014 Claudia cofounded Broadli with Ale Lariu and Mary Abraham to redefine how we use digital connectivity to power networking. Broadli can be downloaded at Claudia was most recently appointed to run North American operations for NZTE, supporting New Zealand business as they grow internationally into that market.


Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Siouxsie Wiles (@siouxsiew) is an award-winning scientist who has made a career of her twin passions for bioluminescence (think glow worms and fireflies) and infectious diseases. In a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team at the University of Auckland make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to understand how superbugs make us sick and to find new medicines. Siouxsie also has a keen interest in demystifying science for the public; she is a keen blogger, podcaster, artist, curator and media science commentator and has won a hat trick of prizes for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and the Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal.

Mel Rowsell

Mel Rowsell (@melrowsell) works with organisations to co-create kick-ass organisational cultures. Mel has over 20 years experience in the Human Resources field. Her last five years at Vend provided her the opportunity to play around with what works to build and scale a successful culture within the fast-moving tech sector. Mel is a holistic and creative thinker with a mindful approach to life.

What's Techweek AKL?


A first of its kind in Auckland, Techweek AKL is an unmissable cluster of events hosted by various international and local keynote speakers, accompanied by a breadth of relevant, trend-focused topics.


It’s the new calendar event that focuses on reshaping our world through design, innovation and technology. The theme ‘Reshaping our world’ will be interpreted through social, cultural, technological, environmental and political lenses. To find out more visit


Techweek AKL is proudly presented by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).