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Techweek Wellington MKII better than ever

18 May 2018

Wellington’s creative sector has embraced Techweek'18 with 50 events specific only to Wellington among the more than 70 events set to show the positive impact of technology and innovation.

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Wellington entrepreneur Jessica Manins

Techweek Wellington – part of the national Techweek’18 which aims to highlight innovation that’s good for the world – showcases the region’s innovation ecosystem at a range of venues, and for a range of ages, throughout Wellington and the Hutt Valley.

The focus for Techweek Wellington, which runs from 19-27 May, is on creative tech such as screen, gaming and AR/VR, Fintech, GovTech, social enterprise, women in tech, education, arts tech, and smart city innovation through civic tech.

WREDA has worked alongside event organisers to establish the Techweek Wellington calendar of events.

WREDA Business Growth and Innovation General Manager David Jones says Wellington is New Zealand’s creative heart and that heart will be pumping hard during Techweek’18 with the region putting on a powerful showcase of its tech expertise and vision.

“Techweek provides organisations with the opportunity to tell their innovation and tech story which may lead to future business growth. A key to that growth is being able to attract top tech talent to Wellington and Techweek will help with that by illuminating activity in the region.

“It certainly helps that Techweek has buy-in from 30 of the Wellington region’s most innovative companies, and augers well for the future growth and success of Techweek.”

Mr Jones says more people in the Wellington region now work in technology-related sectors than in the public sector.

“While trying to nail down exact figures is problematic, WREDA estimates that Wellington’s creative sector is made up of nearly 6,000 businesses who provide jobs for around 20,500 workers.”

Creative Realities, at Shed 6 on 24 May, is one of Wellington Techweek’s headline events. The brainchild of Wellington entrepreneur Jessica Manins, supported by NZTech and MBIE, it will give a glimpse into how creative Kiwis are using artificial intelligence, blockchain and AR/VR to change the way we see the world.

It includes interactive displays, performances, workshops, thought-provoking panels and keynote presentations from industry-leading companies including Weta Digital and IBM New Zealand.

WREDA will host a 90-minute networking function at the end of Creative Realities.

The Hutt STEMM Festival, which runs throughout May, also includes some events in the Hutt Valley as part of Techweek. One such event on May 21 is the Hutt City Council/WREDA initiative New Technologies in the Urban Environment business conference looking at how Wellington businesses can benefit from locally developed technologies.

Techweek started in Auckland in 2012. Wellington became involved in 2017 when the event went nationwide.