In 2012, technology industry association NZTech began a Tech Innovation Week to coincide with the Hi-Tech Awards in order to build enthusiasm around new technologies being developed in New Zealand. The success of the week led them, in 2016, to join forces with Auckland’s economic development agency, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to produce TechweekAKL – a week-long festival of innovation ecosystem events.
TechweekAKL was an Auckland-wide festival with 55 events across 10 days attended by 10,000 people. It was a colossal success, and so in 2017, TechweekAKL became TechweekNZ: a nationwide initiative with a curated programme focused on ‘finding local answers to global questions’. Techweek'17 included 287 events in 24 locations, and hosted more than 20,000 New Zealanders and visitors over 9 days. It continues to grow.
The intention behind Techweek is simple – New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are growing rapidly, and Techweek fosters that growth by providing the national ecosystem with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination, and an independent platform through which to amplify New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.
In the years to come, Techweek’s vision is for New Zealand to be globally recognised as a beautiful country where world-leading solutions are born. It’s not just about showcasing leading edge technology, but amplifying brilliant ideas that are solving the biggest global challenges – innovation that’s good for the world.
After getting on board with Techweek’17, the government’s lead business-facing agency the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is back this year as our principal sponsor. MBIE’s goal is to grow New Zealand for all – a great fit with Techweek’s ‘innovation that's good for the world’ theme.
MBIE is investing in Techweek’18 to promote the New Zealand tech sector internationally to grow exports from New Zealand tech sector firms, raise New Zealand’s international profile with investors and skilled tech professionals, increase the uptake of ICT across all firms in order to improve productivity, develop the capability needed to support continued tech sector growth and raise awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a ‘tech- savvy culture’ with all New Zealanders.
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