New Zealand’s largest technology and innovation event returns to Taranaki from Monday 20 – Sunday 26 May, with more than a dozen events right around the mountain to help showcase and celebrate technology.

Techweek is an annual, nationwide festival that showcases, engages, connects and inspires cool ideas and creative people, leading innovations, and cutting-edge technologies. This is the second time the event has come to Taranaki, curated and organised locally by Venture Taranaki.

“Taranaki people are proudly innovative, and Techweek gives them a chance to see what’s happening in the technology and innovation space and foster more of that legendary innovation,” says Techweek’s Taranaki organiser Natacha Dunn of Venture Taranaki.

“Techweek presents a perfect opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to think and dream bigger. There’s something for everyone in the programme, from food-tech seminars to technology movies, a virtual reality showcase to programming workshops, and opportunities to engage with innovation platforms to a pedal-powered cinema,” Natacha says.

Anyone with an interest in ideas, technology and innovation is encouraged to head along to these events, most of which are free to attend.

“It’s a really good chance to meet people who are doing interesting and innovative things, and who could help you progress or launch ideas of your own. Our region has a lot to gain from great ideas, and this event is designed to help foster yours.”

In addition to a packed programme of national events, events located in Taranaki include: 
  • Two All You Can Eat events in New Plymouth and Hāwera, bringing together leading thinkers and experts for a future-focused look at how technology is changing our agri-food sector.
  • The local launch of global entrepreneur network Start Up Grind with GirlBoss NZ founder Alexia Hilbertidou.
  • A stunningly immersive virtual reality experience at Puke Ariki (note – sold out) and a Tech Talk discussion on where VR could take us in the future.
  • A close-up look at how technology is changing tourism, with Ideasummit 2018 winners Yonder.
  • Also on the tourism theme TourismTech19 presents a start-up style competition event that could launch new businesses in this sector.
  • A series of classic technology films – Techflix - are screening at the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth and Everybody’s Theatre in Opunake.
  • On a similar theme, Hāwera is hosting Pedal Powered Pictures where those watching a film are responsible for generating the power to screen it.
  • A chance for kids to learn visual programming with local tech company Automio.
  • Discover the process behind turning an idea into a physical product with Inglewood-based studio Indemic.
  • Those with an idea that could change our community can head to Jump Start Taranaki, a workshop to turn digital transformation opportunities into action.
Click here for more details and to register for these events.