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Hack Tairāwhiti is a 48 hour Hackathon on the 18th - 20th of May 2018 as part of TechWeek 2018. The event brings together New Zealand exporters and the country's top tech talent together in Gisborne to unlock the region's potential to support entrepreneurs across New Zealand.

Connecting whanau to the tech venture ecosystem plays a vital role in improving Māori prosperity, which is why Hack Tairāwhiti is so important.

Hack Tairāwhiti is being led by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in conjunction with Te Tira Toi Whakangao (T3W), together with support from Datacom, global Māori tech companies and Māori sector investors.

Today, Aotearoa is a modern nation built on the integrity of people, forging our own independent way in the world. We are a country charged with the guardianship of our environment, for the future, on behalf of those who came before us.

We are a country built on ingenuity, poised to disrupt big paradigms from the edge of the world.

Collaboration is key to increasing capability and accessing investment and networks. By working together, companies can grow faster than they would on their own and so can Aotearoa.

The surrounding region of Gisborne is called Tairāwhiti, which means the "coast of the rising sun". Gisborne's Mount Hikurangi is the first point in the world to see the light of the new day, and the region also has the largest percentage of Māori descendants at almost 50%. Some towns north of the provincial centre are almost entirely Māori.

The mission nationally is to help build 100 Māori tech companies by 2023, adding $500 million in international revenue, creating 2,500 high-value jobs, operating from 50 regional tech hubs in Māori communities, with $200 million of capital investment into Māori venturing.



Friday 18 May

3:00PM - Registrations open

3:30PM - Pōwhiri

4:00PM - Event kick off

5:15PM - Team formation
& GO!

7:30PM - Dinner

10:00PM - Doors close

Saturday 19 May

6:30AM - Doors open

7:45AM - Breakfast

12:00PM - Lunch

6:30PM - Dinner

10:00PM - Doors close

Sunday 20 May

6:30AM - Doors open

7:45AM - Breakfast

12:00PM - Lunch

1:00PM - 2:40PM - Team presentations

3:40PM - Prize giving

4:00PM - It’s a wrap!