Waikato is the fastest growing tech sector in New Zealand
In 2018, with support from Waikato Means Business and UltraFast Fibre, CultivateIT engaged Wollemi Consulting to work with us and other local stakeholders to understand the digital and technology landscape in the Waikato and develop a list of recommendations for increasing the uptake of digital and ICT across the region.
The outcome of that work, a Digital Stocktake and Digital Action Plan (available below), was then used as the basis for working with a wider group of stakeholders to develop the Digital and ICT programme of work.
Facts and Figures
Here is a sample of some of the technology innovation in the news from around the region. For more technology news from the Waikato visit our News page. You can filter for anything specifically of interest by using the blog filter.
Smart shirt could help prevent workplace accidentsAs a software engineering student, Dylan Exton is adept at computer programming and problem-solving. He's also a dab hand with a needle and thread. The Waikato University honours student is involved
ShadowTech Waikato 2019Over 45 students had the opportunity to shadow a staff member at a number of technology businesses in Hamilton last Thursday as part of ShadowTech Day an initiative that connects secondary school
Agri-innovations on show at FieldaysSome of the best new agri-innovations have been recognised at National Agricultral Fieldays near Hamilton. Winners at the Fieldays Innovation Awards included a 'fit bit' for rivers, which monitors wa
Robotics coming for New Zealand's asparagus industryRobotic technology developed by Waikato University may one day end the back breaking, labour intensive task of harvesting asparagus. The university has developed a conceptual robot, which is on
Silitron Valley: exploring Waikato's tech sectorBruce Trevarthen zips up his white bee suit and secures his mesh head gear. Through a tin cannister, he tosses wisps of smoke around the hive, attempting to mask the beekeepers' human smell. He
Waikato students win big at NZ Startup BootcampAfter 48 hours of innovation and hard work, two University of Waikato teams came out on top of the NZ Startup Bootcamp, each taking home $10,000. The winner of the ASB Best Startup category was agri
Trekker Waka Maps New Zealand’s Longest RiverIf you've ever wanted to shoot the Huka Falls rapids or while away the hours on Lake Ōhākuri but were just too busy driving past, now is your chance. And from the comfort of your own home. Google
Buying a zoo, NZ-style: Mixing technology and the great outdoors in RaglanYou know that movie We Bought a Zoo where Matt Damon and his kids buys a zoo and Scarlett Johansson looks after the animals? Yeah that, but instead of tigers it’s tuis, the lions are bees,
App aims to help make the experience of pregnancy easierResearchers at the University of Waikato believe they have created an app that can make a real difference for pregnant women, their partners and families. Dr Carrie Barber and her team have
Six-metre waka sculpture gifted at Hamilton's Ferrybank ReserveAs the black fabric shrouding Hamilton's latest public artwork fell to the ground, the verdict from onlookers was swift. "It's stunning," said Juliann Smith, one of the first to step inside Tōia
First place again for HamiltonThis years Tin100 report was released in Auckland last week, with events following in other major centres, and Hamilton, which really is actually Waikato we think for the purposes of the report, has
Below are links to existing case studies presented by local technology businesses and we are currently working to collate/develop additional case studies in collaboration with technology and innovation leaders in the Waikato.
Each month we interview a member of the Waikato technology sector and find out more about what they do and their thoughts on technology innovation in Waikato and NZ. These people are also highlighted in the Sector Spotlight section of our regular newsletter.
If you have someone you would like to put forward to be spotlighted please get in touch.
Rachel Kelly (Nyriad)What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? I’ve played a variety of roles in this sector since I returned to New Zealand 5 years ago, including consulting in technology transformation and
Nikora Ngaropo (Young Animators)What role do you play in the local/NZ tech sector? We work primarily in the education space and technology space but we also have a diverse portfolio of projects which keep us busy, commercial
Damon Kelly (Enlighten Designs)What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? A voracious reader, I love Audible and listening to books at high speed. Enlighten also has a value of “learning
Rob Scovell (IT Consultant)What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? I use LinkedIn to see what people are excited by and what's going on, both locally and further afield. I am reading
Travis Corrie (FLINT Waikato)Image - The FLINT Waikato leadership team What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? Admittedly, I could probably do a better job of proactively keeping on to
Luke McGregor (CompanyX)What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? There are lots of ways to keep up to date, I read blogs and keep up with a bunch of other developers working in
Igor Matich (Dynamo6)What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends? Keeping up with the latest technology trends is a big feat. Especially while running a thriving company. It’s a t
Thomas Coats (J Swap Group of Companies)Thomas is the IT Manager across the Matamata based J Swap Group of Companies, a renowned name in the Kiwi contracting industry with operations covering civil, aggregate, transport, stock foods, stora
Nick Pickering (Pollin8)Nick is the Founder and an Advisor at Pollin 8, a Hamilton based technology solutions company specialising in IoT and AI. We interviewed Nick to find out more about the services they offer, key
Karl Fisher (Waitomo Glow Worm Caves)We are taking an opportunity to share a TVNZ interview covering how technology is being used to help protect Waikato’s world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Watch the video here
The NZ Tech Alliance
The NZ Tech Alliance is a group of independent technology associations from across New Zealand that work together to help connect, promote and advance the entire tech ecosystem. As an affiliate of NZ Tech, CultivateIT provides a voice for and a connection with the Waikato tech sector across the wider NZ technology ecosystem.
Here are some members of the NZ Tech Alliance that we collaborate with on a regular basis.