Events running during the Techweek signal the start of the Tauranga and Western Bay Region’s Digital Enablement Project “Digitally Empowering People”.
The project aims to upskill youth, small business owners and encourage founders to launch new ventures in the Bay.
Techweek itself was first launched in Auckland in 2016 by a group industry experts passionate about NZ’s innovation ecosystem and its potential positive impact on the world.
Jennifer Clamp, National Director Techweek at NZTech says the aim is “amplifying the inspiring technology, innovation and design thinking that’s thriving across New Zealand”.
In 2017 Techweek has become a nationwide initiative encouraging communities to organise events that bringing together bright minds to tackle global issues with local ingenuity. Tauranga became a City Partner of Techweek earlier this year.
For Venture Centre Tauranga Techweek schedule of events is an opportunity to accelerate awareness of the Digitial Enablement Project (DEP).
The goal of the project is to ensure that everyone across the Bay of Plenty has the opportunity to access and benefit from digital technologies.
Tauranga Techweek events are a fantastic launchpad for the project and represent the first step towards achieving this goal.
These events serve youth, small business owners and startup founders, the same customers as the DEP.
Come along to one or all of the events below and find out how you can get support to use digital to improve your life and business.
Events taking place in Tauranga include:
Mashup: 6-7 May – is a weekend event for youth. Delivering a unique learn-by-doing experience for school-aged entrepreneurs. Teams of four students have 48 hours to mash tech and business skills to find a customer, develop a product idea, create a business plan and build a prototype with the help of awesome mentors. The challenge culminates in a final team pitch to a panel of judges. Supported by generous sponsors, Mashup is a free event. Sign a team up here.
Talking Tech Everywhere: 6 May – A podcast road-trip from Auckland to Wellington, calling in on the North Island’s tech hubs and sharing their stories including those from Mashup in Tauranga. Find out more here.
Muffin Mornin' with ITP: 9 May – Anyone welcome to come along to learn more about ITP and to ask questions about the certification programmes. Muffin supplied! Raft Café 7.15am. Book your muffin here.
OMGtech! Trailblazer: 9 May – This hands on fun workshop is designed for educators to gain confidence in teaching the Hour of Code and some basic Scratch at their school this year. Make the time to upskill to help our young people thrive here.
Design Thinking Meetup: 9 May – Ever wondered how design thinking and ideation techniques could help you and your business? Bring your idea or concept to the Ideation Sessions and see your small spark ignite an inferno by getting help and support from Tauranga’s Design Thinking gurus. Register here.
Technology for Smarter Business Expo: 10 May – Bay of Plenty business people have the opportunity to discover the latest technology which could transform their business and underpin its growth at this Expo of local digital service suppliers at Bay Court all day. Get your free assessment of your business, its digital journey and an action plan for free. Register here.
Co-working Day: 11 May – Co-working is about removing barriers to future business models, starting with the physical environment you work from and the people you interact with on a daily basis. Co-working brings smart, creative people together and let’s ideas collide. Come and look around or experience a day co-working for yourself at 2 coworking spaces in Tauranga City. Register here.
Tauranga Web Meetup: 11 May – This group is for professionals working in the web industry: designers, developers, analysts, business owners, project managers, DBAs, Sys Admins. It provides an opportunity to find out what other web people in Tauranga are up to and share knowledge and ideas. Let them know you're coming here.
Digitally Empowering People: 11 May – Minister Simon Bridges will attend this evening event and speak on the importance of digital technology to a productive New Zealand economy and our ambition to become a leading digital nation. Special guest, Mr Ross Young, Public Policy, Google New Zealand will MC alongside three local businesses who will present on their experience using technology to grow their business. Tauranga City Council and Western Bay District Council will also launch and explain the regions Digital Enablement Project at Toi Tauranga Art Gallery. Limited seats available. Book yours now here.
Celebratech: 12 May – Come relax, be inspired and celebrate the first Techweek Tauranga on Friday at the finale event. Held at Toi Ohomai’s Windemere campus this is a social event to bring the innovation community together – from students to angel investors and everyone inbetween. Tech-in-five presentations from organisations using or developing new technologies will keep you entertained from: Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – research projects, including new forestry and learning technology; WNT Ventures – incubation companies including Mark Wilcox, Blockchain expert from Nyriad; and Bay of Plenty based technology companies who've received investment from local Enterprise Angels members including new immersive viewing, and the new dual electric bike. Booking essential. Go here to secure your seat.
For more information about Techweek nationally go to www.techweek.co.nz