Techweek numbers show ‘we are on the right track’

More events than last year in Activate Tairawhiti’s second annual Techweek show how well received the festival of innovation is by our communities, says Activate Tairawhiti economic development general manager Steve Breen.

The number of participants was up on last year’s 591.

Of the 17 events, at least six tech entrepreneurs came to the region to take part in or run official Techweek events.

This did not include Hack, the 48-hour competition that required teams to develop a commercial solution to a business problem.

Made up of events led by locals and non-locals alike, Tairawhiti Gisborne Techweek also involved several people who had recently moved to this region and wanted to use the week to connect with people and activity.

Hack Tairawhiti saw tech entrepreneurs from overseas and around the country head to Gisborne for Techweek while a busload of East Coast children came into town for the junior holograms, AR (augmented reality) robotics and coding workshop.

“For us, that shows we are on the right track,” says Mr Breen.“Part of Activate’s vision is for every child to have a strong economic future. Technology is a major player in this scenario because it breaks down the barriers of isolation.”

More events than last year in Activate Tairawhiti’s second annual Techweek show how well received the festival of innovation is by our communities, says Activate Tairawhiti economic development general manager Steve Breen.

The number of participants was up on last year’s 591.

Of the 17 events, at least six tech entrepreneurs came to the region to take part in or run official Techweek events.

This did not include Hack, the 48-hour competition that required teams to develop a commercial solution to a business problem.

Made up of events led by locals and non-locals alike, Tairawhiti Gisborne Techweek also involved several people who had recently moved to this region and wanted to use the week to connect with people and activity.

Hack Tairawhiti saw tech entrepreneurs from overseas and around the country head to Gisborne for Techweek while a busload of East Coast children came into town for the junior holograms, AR (augmented reality) robotics and coding workshop.

“For us, that shows we are on the right track,” says Mr Breen.“Part of Activate’s vision is for every child to have a strong economic future. Technology is a major player in this scenario because it breaks down the barriers of isolation.”

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