19 – 27 May 2018

The intention behind Techweek is simple – New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are growing rapidly, and Techweek fosters that growth by providing the community with a week-long opportunity share unique and inspiring innovation stories.

There’s over 500 events happening across New Zealand from 19 – 27 May 2018 to celebrate and educate Kiwi tech professionals and enthusiasts. Here’s a couple we recommend attending if you are in Christchurch that week:

Growing Tech Tall Poppies: Digital Marketing Masterclass with an International Expert

TUE 22 MAY 4 — 5PM | EPIC, 76/106 Manchester St, Christchurch Central


Jo Williams - HubSpot's Head of Marketing for Australia & New Zealand Jo Williams - HubSpot's Head of Marketing for Australia & New Zealand


New Zealand produces plenty of innovation that is good for the world, we just want more of the world using it.

Organised by the team here at Concentrate, this event will look at the data behind the sales and marketing performance of Kiwi hi-tech exporters from the NZTE-sponsored Market Measures study. The data shows we are skilled but inefficient sellers of our innovation, especially compared to USA benchmarks.

The event will also look at how tech companies can improve the efficiency of their selling, particularly by using more indirect and online marketing tactics. It will focus on some practical approaches to improving sales efficiency.


Concentrate's Owen Scott will be joined by international expert in digital marketing, Jo Williams from HubSpot, to present this event.

Jo Williams is HubSpot's Head of Marketing for Australia & New Zealand. Jo is responsible for growing brand awareness and demand generation for HubSpot in ANZ, as well as fostering alignment with HubSpot's sales teams, driving initiatives to boost sales productivity and ultimately grow revenue. Jo previously held roles at Google and PayPal, and has over 10 years' experience helping small and medium-sized businesses to succeed.

Book your ticket here.


Extreme Environments - from the Antarctic to Space

Thu 24 May 9:30am — 6:30pm | Addington Event Centre, 75 Jack Hinton Dr, Addington, 8024, Christchurch


Extreme environments: from Antarctica to space Photo Credit: Bruce Davies of the GPR tracking equipment used in the traverse. Supplied by Antarctica New Zealand.


New Zealand is an "Incubation Nation" for the global space economy AND already has the ingredients for our own sustainable space industry.

Join this event looking at tech and innovation in the extreme environments of the Antarctic and Space; solving problems for climate change and opportunities for commercialisation.

Keynote speakers:

  • Rafael Kargren who has worked with countries around the world to develop space strategies and is seeing big opportunities in NZ.
  • Peter Beggs about the challenges of working in Antarctica.
  • Alex Roetter about why Zephyr chose Canterbury to trial their autonomous flying taxis.

Hear from businesses who are already working on commercial opportunities including big data analytics (Matthew Simmons, Nyriad) and cryocooling to keep astronauts at the right temperature (Chris Boyle, Fabrum)

Breakout sessions:

  1. Commercialising opportunities – with entrepreneurs and investors Mark Rocket and Grant Ryan
  2. Building a community – run by Space Base founders Eric Dahlstrom and Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom
  3. Human factors to consider when developing solutions – with Dr Rob Lindeman from HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury and Gary Steel from Lincoln University

Panel session asking what the next steps should be for NZ – featuring entrepreneur Mark Rocket; space strategist Rafael Kargren; the head of the NZ Space Agency Dr Peter Crabtree and Miranda Satterthwaite STEM coordinator for Ara who has just returned from taking Christchurch students to NASA.

The day will culminate in the Grand Final of the NZ Space Challenge with a $40,000 prize up for grabs.

This event will appeal to those from science, research, technology, innovation, the education eco-systems and anybody who has an interest in the Antarctic and space.

Ticket includes morning & afternoon tea, lunch and networking drinks at the end of the day!

Book your ticket here.


MBIE is investing in Techweek’18 to promote the New Zealand tech sector internationally to grow exports from New Zealand tech sector firms, raise New Zealand’s international profile with investors and skilled tech professionals, increase the uptake of ICT across all firms in order to improve productivity, develop the capability needed to support continued tech sector growth and raise awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a ‘tech- savvy culture’ with all New Zealanders.


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