Ian Taylor: The life of New Zealand’s great innovator

Friday 14 January at 6.00pm 2022, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Sir Ian Taylor, ‘One of New Zealand’s foremost technology innovators’.

Note: Vaccine passes are required and will be checked at the door. Masks are encouraged.

Sir Ian was named New Zealand Innovator of the Year in 2019 and received his knighthood in the 2021 New Year’s Honours.

Based in Dunedin, his company Animation Research has spent the past three decades converting dry data into captivating visuals, particularly for major international sports events including America’s Cup regattas.

The story of how he went from his childhood to his globe-trotting career will be explored during his talk. Sir Ian will also talk about the ways COVID-19 has permanently changed his business.

Sir Ian has had a fascinating career, starting out as a singer for a rock’n’roll band and gaining a law degree from University of Otago before deciding on a career in television, hosting popular children’s shows Play School and Spot On. In the early 1990s, Sir Ian launched Animation Research in Dunedin, and over the past three decades, he has built a business converting dry data into captivating visuals, particularly for major sports events including America’s Cup regattas.

Sir Ian was named New Zealand Innovator of the Year in 2019 and received his knighthood in the 2021 New Year Honours. It’s a far cry from his childhood, growing up in a small East Coast village where electricity didn’t arrive at home until he was seven. The story of how he went from this childhood to his globe-trotting career will be explored during his talk. Sir Ian will also talk about the ways COVID-19 has permanently changed his business.