TechWeek '18

19 - 27 May 2018

Techweek'18 hits Gisborne

For decades, humans have imagined a future where robots and artificial intelligence were responsible for the end of our world — but what if, with the help of innovative New Zealanders, these new technologies were the very things that were working to save it?

From 19—27 May 2018, Techweek will showcase New Zealand innovation that's good for the world with hundreds of events running across the country over nine days.

For the first time ever, we'll have a range of events running here in Tairāwhiti.

  • 8 events
  • Total community involvement
  • Some of the best disruptors and innovators in the region
  • Dedicated space at Launch! to dial into national events



WHAT: Hack Tairawhiti brings together Maori tech exporters and the country's top tech talent - in a collaborative environment in Gisborne.

Hack Tairāwhiti is a 48 hour Hackathon on the 18th - 20th of May 2018 as part of Techweek 2018. The event brings together New Zealand exporters and the country's top tech talent together in Gisborne to unlock the region's potential to support entrepreneurs across New Zealand.

Connecting whanau to the tech venture ecosystem plays a vital role in improving Māori prosperity, which is why Hack Tairāwhiti is so important.

WHERE: Waikanae Surf Club, 285 Grey Street

WHEN: Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 May 2018, 9am - 4pm

Click here to register.



WHAT: Come along and hear about some of the work happening in Tairāwhiti’s first co-working space. Light refreshments will be served.

WHO: Andrew Te Whaiti, CEO of Amanti Tourism (Resident of Launch!).

WHERE: Launch! Upstairs at The Works, 41 Esplanade, Inner Harbour. Enter via Crawford Rd.

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd May, 4pm.

Register here to attend.



WHAT: Let’s celebrate! Curious about co-working? Come and work from Launch! for FREE! Get a feel for collaboration, and like-minded individuals. We opened our doors yesterday!

WHERE: Launch! Upstairs at The Works, 41 Esplanade, Inner Harbour. Enter via Crawford Rd

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd May, 9am – 5pm



WHAT: Hi Tech in rural NZ. Learn more about Rocket Lab and what it’s like to remove the barriers to commercial space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit from our small corner of the world.

WHERE: Waikanae Surf Club, beach-end Grey Street

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd May, 5.30pm - 8.30pm


Code Girl

WHAT: Mind Lab brings you the film CodeGirl. Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.

Local speaker: Deb Hancock

WHERE: Dome Cinema, PBC Building, Cnr Childers Rd and Customhouse St.

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd May, 6pm



WHAT: Come down to the Electric Village to hear from our Eastland Group team talk about solar and renewable energies.

WHERE: Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Road

WHEN: Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Click here to register.



WHAT: Think BIG! Think really BIG!  Ever wondered where that data goes that you put into applications and online? Callaghan Innovation present this roadshow on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Learn about where this data goes and how to collect it. Light Lunch will be provided.

WHERE: Emerald Hotel, 13 Gladstone Road.

WHEN: Thursday 24th May, 11am – 1pm



WHAT: Learn 3D is a short, interactive programme that is open to anyone that would like to learn how to draw in 3D using computer aided design (CAD). You will also learn the steps required to take your design to the printing stage with EIT's own commercial ColourJet (CJP) & Multi-Jet (MJP) printers.  

WHERE: EIT Tairawhiti, 290 Palmerston Road

WHEN: Thursday 24th May 2018, 6pm - 8pm

Click here to register.



WHAT: Join us and hear from companies who are successfully disrupting their industries through technology. Confirmed speakers include Flick Energy and Wood Engineering Technology. Light drinks and nibbles will be provided.

WHERE: Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Rd.

WHEN: Friday 25th May, 6pm – 8pm



WHAT: With technology moving so fast, how can you stay up to date with the different opportunities? How do you know what to invest time, energy and resources into? What tools & technology are other small and medium businesses using to help give them a competitive advantage?

Together we will explore technology opportunities and ideas you can implement for your business.

WHERE: Digital Accounting, 3/152 Ormond Road, Whataupoko.

WHEN: Friday 25th May 2018, 4pm to 5pm

Register here to attend.



WHAT:Tairāwhiti's first Junior Hackathon is proudly supported by MindLab.  Bring the kids and get those thinking caps on.  We will solve a community issue.

WHERE: MindLab, Shed 3, Esplanade, Inner Kaiti.

WHEN: Saturday 26th May, 10am - 5pm



WHAT: The future is electric! Learn from our regional experts. The day will be filled with competitions and activities, bring the whole family.

WHERE: Electric Village, 37 Gladstone Rd.

WHEN: Saturday 26th May, 9am - 5pm


Want more in Tairāwhiti?

  • We can add events up until mid-April
  • Organise an event and let us know about it
  • Or reach out with your idea and see if we can help

Get involved now! Contact:

Tui Babbington

Activate Tairāwhiti

[email protected]