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This article was published on 10 April 2017

Callaghan Innovation is proud to support Techweek as it returns for a second year after a successful inaugural event series in Auckland in 2016, which saw more than 10,000 attendees learning and connecting at 50+ events. This year Techweek is going nationwide.

Techweek'17 is showcasing New Zealand’s unique technology and innovation offering with a view to growing our global audience for NZ grown technology from 2018 onwards. 

This year’s theme is “finding local answers to global questions.” Within this theme, events have been categorized into five content streams, or global questions that NZ technology and innovation can find answers for.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SHIFT | Concerning climate change and creating healthy, physical environments and cities.
  • EQUALITY | Tackling the global issue of diversity and inequality.
  • THE FUTURE OF FOOD | Rethinking food systems, production and philosophies.
  • NEXT GENERATION | Focusing on youth, education, and creating future leaders.
  • SCALING IMPACT | Technologies and business models for sustainable growth and global impact.

Techweek’17 events will be running over 100 events in more than 15 towns and cities around the country including Northland, Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and more. 

Some of the key events we’re excited about include:

Magnify AR/VR Expo and Business Summit is running from 7-8 May  at the Sky City Auckland Convention Centre. Day one is a public expo of virtual reality gaming and hardware including VR gaming demos, panel sessions and exhibitions. Day two is business-to-business focussed with 25 speakers and 8 panel discussions exploring the latest business applications of VR and AR. 

The Blockchain.NZ is running from 8-9 May at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Leading global blockchain experts are confirmed as speakers, including founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, and renowned expert Andreas Antonopolous. Blockchain technology is going to change the way society operates, it’s currently best known for its potential to revolutionalise the global economy.  

Farming 2020 | Showcasing Agriculture’s Digital Future is running from 9-11 May at the LIC Innovation Farm just out of Hamilton to bring together the key players in NZ’s 3 billion dollar world-leading AgTech industry, and highlighting how digital innovation is impacting agriculture’s long-term future. It will include agricultural robotic, drone and on-farm sensor demos.

MaD for the Future 2017 is a new National Conference for Innovation in Manufacturing and Design, 10 May, Auckland. The inaugural national Manufacturing and Design (MaD) conference will connect the NZ Manufacturing sector with knowledge and opportunities to collaborate, consolidate and grow. 

Future Realities on 10 and 11 May in Wellington and Auckland will showcase machine learning, augmented reality and the Internet of Things – three of the top technology trends that we need to be paying attention to this year. This event explores the technology and ideas that are new dimensions in understanding and control of the world around us.

The 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards on Friday 12 May celebrate New Zealand’s most successful high-tech companies and highest achieving individuals. Originally launched in 1994 as the VSI Electronics Excellence Awards, they have since evolved into a platform for recognising the best all of our technology industries: ICT, electronics, software, biotechnology, creative, telecommunications and digital media. 

Check out to find out more.

Techweek 2017 is amplifying NZ Innovation in association with MBIE, NZTE, ATEED, and MoE, and supported by New Zealand Tourism, Callaghan Innovation, WREDA, CDC, Hamilton City Council, Rotorua Lakes Council and Tauranga City Council.