Technology events from around the region and NZ

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Regular local meetups

Meetups are about connecting people with something in common. There are a number of regular Meetups running in the Waikato related to technology innovation, some of which are supported by CultivateIT.

If you feel there is a gap and you are interested in starting a new technology related Meetup or need help running your existing Meetup there are some useful resources at or please get in touch with us.

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Python User Group Meetup

This is a group for professional developers and users of the Python programming language in Hamilton meeting monthly to expand our network of people, opportunities and ideas. Events are held everyRead more

IoT Waikato Tech Meetup

A group for innovators, thought leaders and organisations interested in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology in the Waikato. An opportunity to get together, share,Read more

Agile Hamilton Meetup

The Agile Alliance NZ was set up in 2016 as a not for profit organization and is affiliated with the global Agile Alliance. Whose purpose is to be a leading forum to create and sustain a nationwideRead more

Data Meetup

Looking at using Power BI in your organisation? Want to understand how it works? What does the licensing mean?There sessions will be run monthly covering the basics of data and Power BI with someRead more

Waikato Linux Users Group

The Waikato Linux Users Group is a support community for Open Source and Free Software, for Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD (and other Open Source or Free Operating Systems). Everyone is welcome,Read more

Hamilton Crypto, Blockchain & Decentralisation Social Events

Have you got an interest in Cryptocurrency, the Decentralized Web, or just want to learn what a blockchain airdrop or ICO is and how to participate, then join us here. Events held regularly. ForRead more

Dev/Talk Hamilton

Monthly presentations on developer topics. Open to all developers regardless of language preference. Click here to vote for topics and you can watch past talks on YouTube. Events held regularly.Read more

Other technology and innovation initiatives

Techweek Waikato

A week long nationwide festival of technology innovation held in May to build enthusiasm around new technologies being developed in New Zealand. 

Smart Hamilton

Smart Hamilton, our smart cities initiative, is about thinking differently. Through innovation, insight and technology we want to work with the community and industry to improve our community's well being.

NZ Startup Bootcamp

This weekend provides a platform to test entrepreneurial skills, test and validate an idea or to get feedback and exposure on a startup from mentors and business legends. 

Design Factory NZ

Design Factory NZ is a problem-solving and learning space, bringing together students, teachers, industry and community leaders to help co-create the future. We are driven by passion and a relentless curiosity to discover solutions.

Waikato Innovation Park

Already home to over 60 businesses, Waikato Innovation Park continues to grow and is the ideal place for collaboration, research and commercialisation in the heart of the Waikato. 


Dedicated to supporting Māori entrepreneurs from the ground up, you’ll find a modern co-working space to call your office, business support from those in the game, and Te Toiotua – a kitted-out innovation hub with some pretty cool toys.

Food Waikato

FOODWAIKATO, New Zealand’s first and only independent spray dryer capable of developing new products, from concept to commercialisation. The commercial sized processing plant provides scale up opportunities and access for independent milk suppliers and nutritional bands looking to produce milk or ingredient powders.

The Kiwi Innovation Network

KiwiNet’s role is to empower people by helping them to access the tools, connections, investment and support they need to commercialise research.

Karioi Lodge enviro-tech education centre

Stay, innovate,team up & change the world. We’re a not-for-profit enviro-tech lodge and education centre with the goal to make the world a much better place through education and a bit of technology.

Cyber Security Researchers of Waikato

New Zealand’s leading cyber security lab works to return control of your data to you, , the data owner, by focusing on research addressing data security from a user-centric perspective.

Impact Hub Waikato

Setting out to create a thriving innovation ecosystem where people collaborate across organizations, cultures and generations to solve the grand challenges of our time #SDG

Oceania Researchers in Cloud & Adaptive-systems

Formed in 2018 at the Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, the labs mission is to facilitate excellent research in the fields of Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing software systems focusing on Cloud, Language Runtime and Embedded Systems.

Technology in Legal Education New Zealand

TeLENZ offers those charged with teaching the next generation of lawyers tools, resources, content solutions and knowledge-sharing opportunities to provide cutting edge learning opportunities. More than just an information repository, the TeLENZ platform will transform the practice of law.


Cambridge Tech Meetup

Tech meet up — get to know other local tech businesses, share ideas and network. A collaboration with CultivateIT, the Meetup is aimed at connecting tech businesses in Cambridge so they can help each other as they take our solutions to the world. 

Waikato AI Initiative

The Waikato AI Initiative (WAI) from University of Waikato undertakes multi-disciplinary artificial intelligence research across a range of applications. 

The Kudos Science Trust

The Kudos Science Trust (Hamilton Science Awards Trust) was established in 2007 to recognise the achievements of our region’s top scientists; excite young people about science and its career opportunities; and raise the profile of science within our community.

Waikato Local Authority Shared Services

Promoting shared services between local authorities across region. 

Fieldays Innovations Awards

The Fieldays Innovation Awards provides you with profile and promotion of your innovation, networking opportunities, and access to exclusive support and advice from some of New Zealand’s most respected organisations. Applications are now open and will close May 1, 2019.


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