The Adaptdefy story.

Learn more about us and how it all started.

A personal mission to improve lives.

Helping you adapt, defy and thrive.

The catalyst.

In 2012 Mike Brown went from fit, healthy and standing to paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car. This triggered a desire to help others adapt and defy, like he was ultimately able to do.

A new venture.

In 2018 Mike teamed up with award winning industrial designer, Tim Cox and Adaptdefy was born. Based in New Zealand, Adaptdefy has global partnerships, community and ambitions.

The mission.

Our mission is to solve everyday, real-world problems for wheelchair users and the adaptive community. We believe that knowledge, innovation and community can help you adapt, defy and thrive, regardless of your situation.

Meet the founders.


Mike Brown

Before the accident that left Mike with a T10 complete spinal cord injury, he spent years testing his mental and physical limits in the world's mountains and oceans, while generally expanding his comfort zone in all areas of life.

He has a business, engineering and marketing background and a keen interest in optimal health and mindset.

Mike is married to Kirstin and has a son named Ocean.

Connect with Mike on Linkedin, or on Adaptdefy's socials.

Award winning designer.

Tim Cox

Winner of James Dyson and Best Design Awards, Tim Cox is a talented industrial designer, musician and outdoorsman.

In his "spare time" he runs with his dog Dusky, tends to cattle and bees on his farm, hunts, snowboards and spends time with family.

Tim is married to Tessa and has a son named Cedar.

Connect with Tim on Linkedin.

A problem solved.

Learn more about the history of Adaptdefy's first product, LapStacker.

LapStacker history

Let's get to know each other.

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