• Stephen Simpson, CEO of O Halloran North Shore (right) with Mark Kelly of Smales Farm at The B:HIVE.

Techweek comes to the B:HIVE at Smales Farm

Kiwitech – May 22nd 9am to 12pm; Grow North: Powering World Leading Innovation – May 24th 12pm to 6pm

The B:HIVE at Smales Farm is recognised as one of the centres of tech businesses on the Shore, so it is hugely appropriate that it has teamed up with O'Halloran North Shore to bring leading Tech Innovators to The Shore during Techweek in late May.

Techweek was originally an Auckland-wide festival founded in 2016 when there were 55 events across 10 days attended by 10,000 people. It was a colossal success. So in 2017, it became a nationwide initiative with a curated programme focused on ‘finding local answers to global questions’. Techweek 2017 included 287 events in 24 locations, and hosted more than 20,000 New Zealanders and international visitors over nine days.

As part of Techweek 2018 chartered accountants O'Halloran North Shore are teaming up with The B:HIVE at Smales Farm to provide local and International guests an opportunity to cross the Harbour Bridge to hear some of the best Kiwi tech stories from across the nation. The founders of these tech businesses will share their experiences and help inspire the next wave of success stories.

Stephen Simpson, CEO of O Halloran North Shore is excited to be involved in bringing these events to the Shore. “We see the impact tech businesses have on New Zealand, and how this flows through to families, communities, schools, charities, and into the revenue system and back around again through government spending, and so we are excited to be involved and bring this great event to the North Shore.”

Tuesday May 22nd – Kiwitech at The B:HIVE
More than 100 delegates will attend Kiwitech at The B:HIVE on May 22nd. This is part of the Techweek 2018 headline event ‘Innovation That’s Good For The World Open Days’. Local and international guests will hear from the founders of New Zealand’s high growth tech firms about how they have managed to expand internationally, raising capital along the way, while maintaining a focus on building a Kiwi company. There will also be smaller more intimate round-table sessions where delegates will be able to engage directly with these business leaders as well as with the professional sector and government agencies to learn the critical components of growing a tech success. Delegates can deep dive with experts on a range of topics from developing a robust R&D culture, raising capital and trade sales, protecting IP, expanding your business locally and overseas, doing business with goverment and much more.

Thursday 24th May – Grow North: Powering World Leading Innovation
On Thursday 24th May delegates can attend Grow North: Powering World Leading Innovation, an event specific to the Shore. This provides an opportunity to learn why the North Shore is being tipped as the Silicon Valley of New Zealand by hearing from the businesses who are leading the charge, from early start-ups right through to the well established. There will also be an amazing array of innovation on display allowing attendees to physically interact with the tech and innovation that is powering the Grow North Innovation District right here north of the Harbour Bridge.

“The North Shore punches well above its weight for being home to cutting-edge businesses developing world leading innovation,” says Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager at Smales Farm. "These events in the B:HIVE will give the public access to the people and stories behind these business and how Grow North can foster innovation faster.”

For information on all Techweek events visit www.techweek.co.nz or visit www.smalesfarm.co.nz for information specific to these May events at The B:HIVE.