Last year, New Zealand’s tech industry cracked $1 billion in growth for the first time, riding on the back of Datacom becoming the second billion-dollar revenue tech company in New Zealand, runner-up to Fisher & Paykel Appliances. The number of companies generating revenue of more than $50 million has also increased 40 percent in the past five years; in Auckland alone the tech sector pumps out more than $2.7 billion.

It’s no surprise, then, that Techweek’16 saw an unprecedented 10,000+ attendees– including investors, business leaders, and entrepreneurs – flowing through more than 55 events across 10 days.

This year Techweek is back, but they’re doubling down and taking the show on the road.

Maybe you can’t tell your pivots from your mergers, or your blockchain from your MVP. Maybe you can, and you dream of explosive business growth, unparalleled acquisitions and to be recognised around the world as a true disruptor. Whatever the case, Techweek’17 has an expert, demonstration or display to meet your needs.

Although GridAKL, the Innovation Precinct at Wynyard Quarter in Auckland’s viaduct, plays host venue, events run the length of the country from Whangarei to Westport – a banquet for the tech-minded, and there’s something for everyone.

Outside the Grid, at MOTAT, the Idea Collective has a week of experimental game technology demonstrated by innovators from The Arcade Auckland, the New Zealand Game Developers Association, and AUT.

The AR/VR Garage in industrial Mount Eden also has ten full days of programming, with events catered towards gamers, kids, students, corporates and anyone who’s into speedcubing – world champ Feliks Zemdigs is set to make an appearance, potentially demonstrating his sub-5 second cube solving.

The wonders of virtual reality will also be demonstrated in Greymouth – and not a moment too soon, as that sort of technology could get you in a lot of trouble in certain parts of the country.

For the more commercially minded, the Dojo Dragons roadshow gives budding entrepreneurs the chance to practice their all important pitch in front of the GridAKL investors-in-residence, and the I Want Growth series will teach small startups hacks to drive explosive expansion, fast.

In education, the Manukau Institute of Technology is hosting Digigirlz, an event to encourage Māori and Pasifika girls to consider the opportunities and careers that lie in the IT and tech industry. In Wellington the Hutt Valley STEMM festival will attempt to plant the seeds of a career in science or tech.

For those interested in te ao Maori, Rotorua is hosting Breakfast & Kōrero - Governance in the Māori Technoverse. What is our digital tikanga maori? How should decisions on an iwi and hapu level be made and evaluated in the digital realm?

As New Zealand searches for the way forward in an increasingly tech-centric world, our famed ingenuity will once again be put to the test. And it is through events like Techweek that we begin to fully realign ourselves with the post-industrial world. Don’t get left behind.

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