Creating Happy: The Innovation of the Experience Economy - National Tour

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:00 to Friday, March 29, 2019 - 12:00

‘Creating Happy: the Innovation of the Experience Economy’ is a series of four talks and workshops exploring the future of “the experience” within the culture and heritage sector and beyond and will take place from 24 to 29 March 2019.  The series will be held in the four largest and most populated cities of New Zealand; Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Mahuki is proud to host Mk Haley, Walt Disney Imagineering Academic Outreach and UCLA Faculty, on this tour to share her stories and experiences with creating experiences for the Walt Disney company. 

Tour dates

Wellington - 25 March 2019

  • Public Talk, 12pm-1pm at Soundings Theatre in Te Papa. Free event. Register here.
  • Workshop, 1.30pm-3pm at Mahuki. $50 a ticket. Register here.

Auckland - 26 March 2019

Dunedin - 28 March 2019

  • Public Talk, TBC. Free event. Registrations opening soon.
  • Workshop, TBC. $50 a ticket. Registations opening soon.

Christchurch - 29 March 2019

  • Public Talk, 5pm-6.30pm at University of Canterbury. Free event. Register here.
  • Workshop, TBC. $50 a ticket. Registations opening soon.


About Mk Haley

MK Haley has been an educator for more than 25 years teaching for a variety of University programs, including the Disney Imagineering – UCLA partnership in Themed Entertainment Design, and recently served as both the Associate Executive Producer and a Faculty member at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Mk previously taught Experience and Themed Entertainment Design at Florida State University, where she also served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for the College of Fine Arts.


Mk Haley has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1994 serving primarily with Walt Disney Imagineering in both technical and creative roles with the Virtual Reality teams, R&D, Special FX, Show Quality Services, and the Disney Research Labs.  She has a BFA and an MFA in computer animation. Mk has also served Disney Corporate initiatives related to New Technology programs and collaboration tools, as well as Disney Digital Media initiatives with their Television Groups.


With more than 25 years of service to industry associations, Mk has served as Conference and Technology chair for ACM SIGGRAPH and The Themed Entertainment Association. She is currently supporting the ACM-W team, the Association for Computing Machinery’s group that supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of computing fields.


This national tour is presented in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa.
A special thanks to our venue partners: Auckland War Memorial Museum and The University of Canterbury.