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CultivateIT Emerging Technology Expo

Monday 21 May 9am - 3pm

The CultivateIT Emerging Technology Expo celebrated the impressive amount of technology talent and technology products coming from the region including the latest innovation from well recognised organisations as well as insights into the work of technology entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and startups. 

A schedule of speakers, a pitch session and several exhibitors on site throughout the day provided opportunities to be inspired, share knowledge and network.

Maori Tech Showcase

Monday 21 May 4.00pm - 8.00pm

Hosted in partnership with Waikato-Tainui and Waikato Innovation Park, the Māori Tech Showcase was an extravaganza that presented Māori businesses and leading experts at the cutting edge of tech and innovation in Aotearoa

A celebration of what Maori tech businesses are doing and developing plus we heard from a range of experts leading Maori digital progress.

Including new and established Maori tech entrepreneurs.

Innovation in science and engineering

Tuesday 22 May 12.00pm - 2.00pm

The Future of work and education forum

Tuesday 22 May 5.15pm - 7.45pm

Data, analytics and visualisation

Thursday 24 May 5.15pm - 7.45pm 

Blockchain forum

Friday 25 May 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Thames Rotary Tech Breakfast

Wednesday 23 May, 7 - 8.30am

The Thames Rotary Club has been operating since 1947 and holds weekly breakfast meetings that are open to the public. During Techweek'18 Waikato the meeting included presentations and exhibits on innovative applications of technology including industry 4.0, Internet of Things, and smart farming, plus those in attendance had an opportunity to meet Dougie, a clinical robot socialising with staff and patients at Thames Hospital as part of a six month trial sponsored by the Waikato DHB virtual care program.

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Friday 25 May, 5.30 - 8.30pm

TEDxRuakura brings together a group of like-minded and diverse locals within the Waikato community. In this smaller TEDxRuakura event we heard from local speakers Brandon Hutcheson, Shelly Davies and James Hutchinson. Topics covered ranged from machine learning, techno jargon, and innovation ecosystems. 

Girls Robocode Workshop

Saturday 19 May

This 2 hour workshop was for girls in Year 5 and Year 6 to attend with a family member and work together to learn about coding and how to code robots to perform tasks.

No previous coding experience was necessary and all resources were provided.

Available sessions - 9.00am - 11.00am, 12.00pm - 2.00pm, 3.00pm - 5.00pm

Girls in Computing is a new initiative at the University of Waikato focused on promoting Computer Science to girls in high school who are aged between 15 and 18 years old. 

The LAB - Libraries' mobile makerspace

Thursday 24 May 3.30-5.00pm

The LAB – Libraries' mobile makerspace programme is an interactive programme for young people which engages them in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) and engenders a passion for learning.

The programme encourages young minds to problem solve, think creatively, and develop innovative ideas while doing a variety of DIY and technology based activities. 

Its free and is suitable for ages 8 years and older.

For all inquiries please contact the Hamilton City Libraries Children and Teens Team - Aaron 07 838 6893 or Tania 07 838 6848

Find out more about The Lab

Design Thinking: A Crash Course

In 2 hours participants were taken through a full design cycle. fast-paced project where participants paired up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a solution to solve a problem we were given on the day. 


Facilitated by Margie Moore – (Director, Design Factory) and co facilitated by Karen Fraser (Director, Capability Unlimited), this session was based on world class processes, created and used by Standford Design School

Friday 25 May - 7.45-11am

Social Media Workshop

Friday 25 May, 5 - 8pm

Covering managing and aligning social media, social media marketing and optimisation, data analytics, security, privacy and ethics.

Tech Talk Taupo 2018

Wednesday 23 May, 5 - 7.30pm

An evening of inspiration and aspiration, showcasing eight different stories of technology changing the world.

Speakers covered a range of sectors including film, tourism, retail, transport and professional services.  Talking about their latest great idea, invention, value-add, innovation or disruption.

This FREE event was suitable for all ages... parents were encouraged to bring their teens... or to come after work with colleagues.

Presentations will start at 5.30pm

​National Coworking Day

Meraki Workspace, Soda Inc. and Kloud Collective are awesome New Zealand coworking spaces in the Waikato that took part in National Coworking Day as part of Techweek'18.

National Coworking Day is New Zealand's annual celebration of coworking. Every year coworking spaces give away free coworking days throughout the country at the same time. 

Find out more at or by contacting Meraki WorkspaceSoda Inc. and Kloud Collective directly.

Techhie Brekkie

Thursday 24 May, 7.15 - 9am

ANZ and KPMG teamed-up to bring together the best that technology has to offer.

Participants heard from a panel of those at the forefront of the changes we are starting to see in the digital space. How will these changes positively impact the world from the heart of the Waikato?