Kids’ Furniture For Adult Eyeballs

26th July 2017By Kelly DareStartup Garage, Sustainability, Talks, Woodwork

” Plyhome is a built upon the blinding frustration I felt when I was assembling furniture for my kids”. – Anna Gilhooly, co-founder of Plyhome.   Above : Plyhome’s Junior Bed.    1st Assembly was lucky to play host to Anna Gilhooly and Rips Cassels, the co-foundering marketing and engineering team behind one of Lower Hutt’s gems … Read More

City Smarts with NEC

6th April 2017By Kelly DareEnviroment, Showcase, Startup Garage, Talks, Tech

On 30th March, 1A was jammed-packed with 40 eager Startup Garagers who couldn’t wait to hear from Tim Packer, Head of Smart City solutions at NEC NZ – and boy he didn’t disappoint. Tim’s talk held the audience’s attention well into the evening as he spoke about the innovative Smart City network NEC is building … Read More

EXO Breakfast : Croissants & AI

23rd November 2016By Kelly Dare3D Printing, Education, Enviroment, EXO, Talks

In 1965 Gordon Moore, Intel Co-founder & tech legend, predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits would double each year – “Moore’s Law”, which still holds true to this day. The law tells us that computing power will continue to become smaller and faster over time as transistors become more … Read More


15th November 2016By Kelly DareEducation, Enviroment, Sustainability, Talks, Workshops

So many problems, so little time. Unpicking a world of environmental problems through smart tech is a massive topic and the crew, comprised of experts in Internet of Things (IoT), designers, engineers, computer scientists and marketers, at 1st Assembly’s IDEAHACK went into it guns blazing. IDEAHACK explores the technology, opportunities, impact and customer sets within a … Read More

Introducing the Deluge

2nd November 2016By Kelly DareMusic, Startup Garage, Talks

1st Assembly was treated to the sounds of the deluge at our most recent Startup Garage, which felt more like an intimate concert then a talk. Rohan Hill, founder and lead engineer, and Ian Jorgensen, spoke on the story of the deluge – their flagship all-in-one portable synthesizer, sequencer and sampler, three years in the … Read More