We’re thrilled to reveal that Glenn Martin will be the keynote speaker at the Lightning Lab Manufacturing Demo Day on Thursday, November 19. Glenn is the inventor and entrepreneur behind the Martin Jetpack.
While many of us have dreams about a personal Jetpack, only a few have actually built one. Glenn Martin was a young scientist, whom, at the age of 21 still had the dream of jetpacks. Frustrated that no one had built one yet, he decided to ask why. What he found was a technology that was totally unsatisfying, a flight time of 26 seconds, and a maximum pilot weight of 65 kg. As a 100+ kilogram kiwi who wanted to fly much longer, he decided to build one that could fly hundred times longer, 100 times higher and lift twice the weight.
The story of how this happened has intrigued and baffled engineers, scientists, and aviation experts around the world, and the resulting Martin Jetpack is the world’s first practical Jetpack.
The Martin Aircraft Company is based in Christchurch with currently 50 staff. In 2015 it floated on the Australian stock exchange with an oversubscribed IPO.
Glenn resigned from active involvement in Martin Aircraft in June 2015 with the Company valued at over $200m NZD. He now devotes his time to the next generation of entrepreneurs through consultancy and mentoring, and is an active sponsor of New Zealand science and innovation.
Glenn remains the largest private shareholder in Martin Aircraft.
His many accolades include:
- Best US Product Launch 2008
- Time Top 50 Inventions of 2010
- Popular Science Best Of What’s New Award
- Recipient of the Royal New Zealand Aeronautical Society Meritorious Award 2011
- World-class New Zealander Inductee 2011
- Most Inspiring Individual (2015 Innovator awards)
Register now to be part of this special event.