Hack Tairāwhiti 2.0 launches today, and builds upon the success of last year's event in Gisborne which fostered indigenous innovators who act locally and expand globally. In 2018 the 48 hour hackathon brought together Maori tech exporters and the country’s top tech talent in a collaborative environment to solve a range of business problems.

In 2019 NZTE and Datacom, in conjunction with local regional partners, will invite 10 businesses to work with over 100 business leaders, technologists, creatives, designers, entrepreneurs and investors for the Hackathon which will be held from 17 to 19 May at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club on Gisborne’s main beach.

Kerry Topp, Datacom’s Associate Director of Transformation and Innovation, said:

“Hackathons have the potential to provide genuinely transformational change for businesses, but the key is keeping people at the heart. Over 48 hours not only are people contributing their skills but also deepening their knowledge of innovative behaviours – and this is what helps to accelerate organisations into effective digital transformation.

“Hackathons are not only great for businesses to solve thorny problems, but they help people experience what the future of work looks like - kaupapa or purpose-orientated, mission-based, diverse individuals forming creative teams working together to achieve outcomes within a set timeframe.

“Last year we saw some real regional economic growth coming out of Hack Tairāwhiti, so I’m hugely looking forward to what the 2019 event will create.”

For the full NZTE and Datacom media release, visit the NZTE website

Register now for Hack Tairāwhiti at www.hacktairawhiti.co.nz


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