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This article was published on 9 April 2020

#HacktheCrisisNZ is a virtual response to the current pandemic

17 – 19 April 2020
In collaboration with startup networks across the country, we challenged Kiwis to design, test and bring to life innovative ideas for life in New Zealand beyond COVID-19. 
Three themes were tackled:
  • Supporting businesses
  • Connecting communities
  • Resilience and wellbeing 

Over 950 participants joined in #HacktheCrisisNZ. In total, 221 problem statements were submitted, 55 teams formed, and 46 final pitches were uploaded - making #HacktheCrisisNZ New Zealand’s largest collaborative StartUp event. 

Draw This! was the winning startup, which uses story-telling and art to build safe and fun connections across generations and between bubbles throughout New Zealand. To find out more about Draw This! click here.


  • Greg Cross, Soul Machines
  • Lisa King, Eat My Lunch 
  • Mike King, Key to Life
  • Sir Stephen Tindall
  • Vic Crone, Callaghan Innovation
The top three teams will each receive:
  • $3,000 NZD in cash
  • Free 12-month subscription to MYOB Essentials Accounting worth $480
  • Up to $10,000 USD worth of AWS credits and one year of business support (up to $1,500 USD) through AWS Activate