We are working to build the connections and capacity of IT enabled businesses, industry and the wider community to equip the Waikato to successfully navigate a digital future​​

In partnership with Te Waka - Waikato's economic development agency we are coordinating the delivery of the Digital and ICT programme of work for the region, as part of the Waikato Economic Development programme, to -

  • Close the digital divide
  • Build digital skills and capacity
  • Support small and medium size businesses with digital transformation
  • Support regional smart cities initiatives
  • Foster regional technology innovation

Interests from various stakeholders across the region are represented by a Digital Stakeholder Group led by CultivateIT. 

The partnership allows Te Waka and CultivateIT to tap into other economic development initiatives, such as labour market development to help fill gaps in skills shortages, access to R&D Callaghan funding, and regional inwards investment opportunities.

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The Waikato technology sector

Waikato has a strong tech sector which is typically 4th amongst NZ regions, behind Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and we are punching above our weight in terms of exports and growing strongly.

The annual TIN Report, quantifies the economic significance of New Zealand’s globally focused technology industry by capturing key data on the country’s top 200, revenue earning, high-tech companies and reporting analysis on the 600+ companies surveyed each year.

In 2017 the growth rate for Hamilton (South Waikato is considered part of Central) was 21.7% and we came out first. The Hamilton region again recorded the largest revenue growth rate for 2018 at 16.3%, a $119 million increase. Hamilton has just nine TIN200 companies but it still contributed $854 million to total TIN200 revenue in FY2018.

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Innovation that is good for the world - 20 to 26 May 2019

New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are growing rapidly, and Techweek fosters that growth by providing the national ecosystem with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination, using an independent platform to amplify New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.

Last year Techweek Waikato included 21 events held across the region (Thames, Paeroa, Raglan, Gordonton and Hamilton), with over 68 speakers, 31 exhibitors and more than 1340 attendees

For 2019 we had 30 events, across 14 locations, wtih 65 speakers, 45 exhibitors and over 2300 attendees, with a focus on - 

  • Showcasing Waikato tech and innovation
  • Developing capabilities of the Waikato innovation ecosystem
  • Developing capabilities of Waikato business
  • Inspiring the wider community and next generation

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