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From hi-tech to ag-tech, cloud computing to online advertising, more than 100 events will be held across New Zealand over 6-14 May. There’ll be expos and meet-ups, webinars and workshops.

Techweek returns for a second year and it’s bigger than ever, building on the success of last year’s Auckland event that boasted 10,000 attendees at more than 50 events. This year’s programme has more than 100 events held across New Zealand.

With a theme of “local answers to global questions”, events will focus on homegrown innovation that’s good for your business, good for your community and good for New Zealand’s place in the world.

The “global questions” to which technology and innovation can provide local answers include:

  • our environment
  • food production
  • businesses with sustainable growth.

A key event is Farming 2020, which will explore agriculture’s digital future at the LIC Innovation Farm in Waikato.

“New Zealand can and should be playing a huge role in the future of the ag-tech sector globally,” says Farming 2020 organiser and Wharf42 founder, Peter Wren-Hamilton. “Farming 2020 will showcase the best tools on offer today, with a glimpse of where we’re moving to in the future.”

And in Auckland, a two-day conference will delve into what’s next for blockchain technology, originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin.

As a taster, here’s a selection of the many free Techweek events running across New Zealand. For the full programme, including ticketed events, see the Techweek website (external link) . You can filter by location, date and topic.

Where, when


Online 11 May

Webinar: Keeping Your Business Safe Online

Nationwide 11 May

Open house at co-working spaces throughout New Zealand

Nationwide 8-14 May

Game developer meet-ups in five cities

Auckland 10 May

Pasifika and Tech — Building Creative Futures

Online 9 May

Webinar: Raising capital from investors in South East Asia 

Auckland 10 May

Building scalable sales models for exports (NZTE)

Auckland 9 May and Wellington 11 May

Helping Kiwi tech companies go global

Christchurch 11 May and Auckland 10 May

Women in tech

Lincoln 10 May

Showcase: Agricultural technology

Tauranga 10 May

Expo: Technology for smarter businesses

Waikato 9-11 May

Agriculture’s digital future

Wellington 12 May

Serverless: Cloud computing for businesses

Techweek is supported by the tech sector, local councils and government agencies including Callaghan Innovation, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and NZTE.

This support is in recognition of how technology and innovation can be good for New Zealand — and the world, says NZTech CEO, Graeme Muller. “The hi-tech sector is now the fastest growing sector in the country, contributing to growing exports and creating more jobs than we can fill as a nation.”

Sign up for our webinar: Keeping Your Business Safe Online (external link) - Eventbrite

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