The Bay of Plenty's young innovators and businesspeople can discover new opportunities and learn about the latest technologies changing the shape of the near future, as part of a national festival of technology in May.
Techweek Tauranga's events, on May 6-14, are part of the region's Digital Enablement Project, which aims to digitally upskill youth and small business owners, as well as encourage founders to launch new ventures in Western Bay of Plenty.
Local innovators, business owners and young people can connect with like-minded people, discover new opportunities, and learn about the latest technologies.
Venture Centre co-founder Jo Allum says Tauranga's Techweek events will accelerate awareness of the Digital Enablement Project they are implementing.
“The DEP project goal is to ensure that everyone across Western Bay of Plenty has the opportunity to access and benefit from digital technologies.
“Techweek Tauranga's events are a great platform to launch the project and represents the first step towards achieving this goal. The events serve the same customers as the DEP project as a whole – youth, small business owners and startup founders.”
Techweek national director Jennifer Clamp says the aim of Techweek is “amplifying the inspiring technology, innovation and design thinking that's thriving across New Zealand”.
Techweek Tauranga events include the free Mashup weekend event for youth on May 6-7, which delivers a unique learn-by-doing experience for school-aged entrepreneurs.
Talking Tech Everywhere on May 7 involves a podcast road-trip from Auckland to Wellington, calling in on the North Island's tech hubs and sharing their stories including those from Mashup in Tauranga.
The Design Thinking Meetup on May 9 encourages businesspeople to bring their ideas to the ideation session so local design-thinking gurus can put on their thinking caps and discuss the best way to bring their ideas to life.
Bay of Plenty business people will have the opportunity to discover the latest innovative technology that could transform their business and underpin its growth at the Technology for Smarter Business Expo on May 10.
People can also experience a Co-working Day on May 11, as well as the Tauranga Web Meet-up for professionals working in the web industry, including designers, developers, analysts, business owners and project managers.
The Digitally Empowering People event to launch the Digital Enablement Plan is also on May 11, with special guest Ross Young from Google New Zealand. Ross will present Google's contribution to upskilling small business owners in the Bay alongside three local businesses, which will present their experience using technology to grow their business at Toi Tauranga Art Gallery.
Celebratech on May 12 is the Tauranga Techweek finale event at Toi Ohomai's Windermere campus.
For more information about Techweek on May 6-14, visit: techweek.co.nz