Guest Post by Natalie Robinson

Hi, I’m Natalie, the founder of a company called Mum’s Garage. We’re a learning and community platform to help people start and grow companies. Here are my Techweek picks for people thinking about, or already working furiously hard on, building their own startup.

If you’re wanting to start a company, jump on this opportunity to get involved with the tech and startup communities. Find out about the interesting problems that are happening in the world - and how they’re currently being solved - explore curiosities, and make sure you meet people who can help to carry you from where you are now, to where you want to be in a year's time. The opportunities provided through Techweek can be is great for this.

If you’re already knee-deep in building a business, be selective about where you spend your precious time. Choose opportunities that will help you to meet customers and build useful networks, or give you some perspective about what you’re working on and how you’re going about it.

Here are some events you might like to consider heading along to during Techweek, assuming you’re a early stage or budding founder on a tight budget.

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Mum’s Garage and GRIDAKL is running an event called ‘To Start a Startup’. This is a plug that doesn’t feel shameful, because we’re specifically running the event for people who are wanting insights into starting a company, so I would be doing you a disservice by not mentioning it. We have a great line-up of experienced founders and startup experts, covering a range of topics, including getting started with an idea, market validation, product development, finance, legal and marketing.

I generally always find the stories of successful founders valuable, and the Upstarters Good for the World Open Day has a good line-up of founders working on interesting exceptional companies. If you can’t make it along to the real thing in Auckland, you can dial into the webcast.

The She Started It event looks like another good opportunity to listen to the stories of successful founders, particularly if you’re a female entrepreneur on the lookout for other female entrepreneur role models. Startup Grind is hosting Brian Wong, co-founder and CEO of Kiip, on Weds 23rd in Auckland.

I’ll be trying hard to head along to at least one AI and one Blockchain talk or workshop. These two technologies that will have a significant impact on value creation in the immanent future, so they are well worth understanding. AR/VR is in a similar boat. Have a look at the events in your area.

If you’re not technical, but you have a desire to learn to code, the Coding and Game Design for Adults could be a fun way to pick up some “digital technology skills”. This event is in Wellington.

If you’re Tauranga based and looking for an opportunity to get your legal concerns off your chest, consider booking a office hours with Mackenzie Elvin. If you’re based in Dunedin and want to learn a thing or two about how to create video content, check out the ‘Let’s Make a Video’ event.

Others events that look interesting are ‘Startups and The Future of Corporate Innovation - The Debate and Cleantech | After Hours @ Level Two Innovation Hub, both in Auckland, and ‘Growing Tech Tall Poppies: Digital Marketing Masterclass with an International Expert’, which is being held at EPIC in Christchurch.

There are many opportunities to learn, meet, and explore during the week, so make sure you have a look through the event list below and find the ones that are most interesting and relevant for you. Have a great time at Techweek!



AI for Business - Panel Discussion

21 May 2018 — 12:00pm
ProjectR- Level 2, NEC House, Wellington

Are there opportunities for your business to take advantage of AI right now or in the future? Join our discussion to explore the potential.


AI | A force for good

21 May 2018 — 3:00pm
IBM - Level 4, Auckland

How Artificial Intelligence is improving our everyday lives



21 May 2018 — 3:00pm
KPMG , Auckland

Let’s go beyond what blockchain is technically – let’s look at how it’s being applied to business here in New Zealand and globally.


Blockchain Forum

25 May 2018 — 2:30pm
Claudelands, Waikato

An opportunity to learn how Blockchain technology could enhance your product or service.


Cleantech | After Hours @ Level Two Innovation Hub

22 May 2018 — 6:00pm
Level Two, Auckland

Lifting the veil on New Zealand's most successful deep tech innovation hub.


Coding and Game Design for Teachers and Adults

19 May 2018 — 1:00pm
War Memorial Library, Wellington

Make a game and learn to code the fun way!


Emerging Tech: Artificial Intelligence and what feeds it

22 May 2018 — 12:00pm
Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington

Find out what Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning means for New Zealand, and what we need to do to make the most of it.


Growing Tech Tall Poppies: Digital Marketing Masterclass with an International Expert

22 May 2018 — 4:00pm
EPIC, Christchurch

The event looks at how tech companies can improve the efficiency of their selling.


Let's Make a Video!

22 May 2018 — 5:30pm
Petridish, Dunedin

Let's Make a Video is an interactive one hour workshop to break down the mystery of video marketing for your business!


Meet the UpStarters | Good for the World Open Day (morning only)

21 May 2018 — 9:00am
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland

Meet the UpStarters ­­— New Zealand’s leading innovators who are changing the way the way the world does business.


Office Hours Legal with Mackenzie Elvin

21 May 2018 — 11:00am
Basestation, Tauranga

One-on-one time with a local, professional legal service provider.


She Started It - Documentary on young women entrepreneurs

23 May 2018 — 7:00pm
Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, Taranaki

A documentary about five young women as they create new startups, followed by a panel discussion with our own trailblazing businesswomen


She Started It - a documentary about female tech entrepreneurs

20 May 2018 — 1:30pm
AUT City Campus, Auckland

Film screening of She Started It - a film on women tech entrepreneurs followed by a panel discussion.


She Started It - a documentary about female tech entrepreneurs

26 May 2018 — 1:30pm
Massey University Ground Floor – East Entrance Dominion Museum Building, Wellington

Film screening of She Started It - a film on women tech entrepreneurs followed by a panel discussion.


Startup Grind Auckland

23 May 2018 — 6:00pm

Startup Grind aims to educate, inspire & connect local entrepreneurs. Events include a fireside chat with a founder, plus networking & pizza


Startups and The Future of Corporate Innovation - The Debate

24 May 2018 — 5:00pm
Pixel Fusion, Auckland

Join us for a thought-provoking, participatory debate on the role of start-ups in corporate innovation.


To Start a Startup - Techweek Event

21 May 2018 — 8:00am
GridAKL / 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland

Learn the fundamentals of starting a company through a series of fast, fun and interactive sessions.


Webcast: Meet the UpStarters at the Good for the World Open Days (morning only)

21 May 2018 — 8:55am

The official webcast of the Techweek'18 headline event - Meet the Upstarters | Good for the World Open Days (morning only) brought to you by Callaghan Innovation


What the ? is blockchain?

24 May 2018 — 5:30pm
GridAKL / 101 Pakenham St W, Auckland

It’s been called "the next internet" and is transforming how Kiwis do business. So how should you be thinking about blockchain? Find out here.

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