An association created for the Waikato tech sector by people within the Waikato tech sector

CultivateIT exists to foster collaboration so together we can nurture and retain technology talent in the region, support technology and related initiatives focused on individuals, community and business, and advance the Waikato as a regional technology powerhouse.

As a sector body responsible for connecting the technology ecosystem and driving technology innovation, CultivateIT works with Te Waka: Waikato's Economic Development Agency and other stakeholders to collaboratively deliver a digital and ICT programme of work across the region, aligned with regional economic development objectives and integrated with other regional, as well as national, digital enablement and related activities.

Our focus

Raising the profile of Waikato’s innovation and growth in IT to attract talent and investment

Increasing awareness of the scope and size of Waikato’s IT community and the impact we have regionally, nationally and around the world.

Forging opportunities to connect IT businesses and to partner with key stakeholders

Facilitating networks that connect IT businesses with each other and enable collaboration with industry, education providers, central and local government, and the wider community to drive the Waikato forward.

Bringing together IT talent, industry and community

Creating new talent pipelines that ensure Waikato businesses have the right IT talent and skills when we need it.

Waikato: a smart choice!

Growing Smart Cities that increase the wellbeing of our diverse communities.

Staff

Operations Manager - Jannat Maqbool

Jannat is an accomplished academic, CPA and former CIO, completing a Masters of Digital Business at Waikato University and actively engaged in the NZ technology sector. Jannat has a focus on leveraging technology in innovative ways to benefit individuals, organisations and communities. Jannat also contracts as Smart Cities Advisor with Hamilton City Council and a Principal Advisor with Ecosystm, a technology research firm based in Singapore.

Event Coordinator - Josephine Makuden

Josephine has recently graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Communication, Public Relations, and Advertising from Wintec, and in addition to being the Events Coordinator for the Wintec’s #IoTWaikato Tech meetup and volunteering as Co-Head of Events at Seed Waikato, has a number of years of experience planning and coordinating events in both India and New Zealand.

Our board

Our board are a smart bunch – brought together by a mutual interest in growing good business, nurturing amazing talent and seeing our region turn into the technology powerhouse we know it to be.

Partners, Alliances, Sponsors and Supporters

Waikato is a broad and diverse region with a rich history of solving big problems. As a result, we have a strong and varied commercial portfolio.

Our partners, alliances, sponsors and supporters help to bridge that diversity through a unified vision -  to see the Waikato become a more vibrant economy.

 

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