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HackNelson 2018

Datacom Nelson & Nelson Regional Development Agency

Friday, 14 September 2018 at 4:00 pm - Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 4:00 pm (NZST)

HackNelson 2018
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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
HackNelson (Early bird)   more info Ended $79.00 $0.00
HackNelson (Student)
The Main Event! Compete in teams to solve business problems and compete for reputation, glory, prizes and CASH!
14/09/2018 $49.00 $0.00
Standard Admission 15/09/2018 $99.00 $0.00
* Prices include GST

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Event Details

What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is an event bringing people of various backgrounds together around a particular theme to solve business problems. The event usually takes place over a condensed period and at the end, results from the teams involved are presented to judges so that prizes can be awarded.

A competitive but supportive environment involving people with a variety of skillsets leads to surprisingly innovative and powerful software solutions produced in a very short time. This is a model that is well proven in New Zealand and around the world.

HackNelson is for entrepreneurs, creatives, business people and software developers. It is about solving problems within established businesses using creativity and technology. HackNelson is a competition and a learning environment at the same time – you will come out with new friends and new skills, and you also have the chance of winning prizes.

It's a collaborative team event bringing a large, diverse group of the NelsonTasman region's smartest people together. Local businesses will pitch problems on August 9th for the assembled “brains trust” to solve over the course of an intense, fun-filled 48 hours in September.

HackNelson is a digital innovation weekend focused on unleashing more value for our region's leading businesses by helping to solve problems and turbo-charge their operations.

Teams of 5-10 people will work to define a business concept, produce a prototype and promote their solution to a judging panel; all over the course of just two days. First and second placing teams will be recognised with honour, glory and CASH PRIZES! There will also be individual prizes.

After working all weekend teams will present their concepts and prototypes. Teams are not required to produce a fully implemented solution. Experienced mentors will coach and support each team throughout the weekend by sharing their knowledge.

A huge benefit for everyone will be the connections and mutual opportunity created between smart businesses and smart technologists in NelsonTasman.

HackNelson is a fantastic opportunity to get yourself in front of stellar businesses in NelsonTasman. Through the event weekend you can showcase your talent to all involved, which could un-lock doors and business opportunities for you in the future. In addition you will probably learn more in 2 days at HackNelson than you have in the last 6 months. This event comes with training courses beforehand, mentoring throughout and the chance to learn from others in your team.

What else comes with each ticket?

- Free HackNelson t-shirt
- Catered food and drink all weekend
- As much barista-quality coffee as you can stomach
- One of the best networking events in the Top of the South

Event Objectives

To connect the widely spread pool of creative, software and digital talent in Nelson. To demonstrate the business relevance of new ideas to major business players in the region. To provide practical learning and personal development for our regional talent pool. To start building new solutions that can be used by businesses to save time, money, carbon or lives.

Participant Info

HackNelson is a “roll-up-the-sleeves” innovation event. A chance to spend 48 hours with dozens of smart, passionate people, working in teams to solve practical business problems affecting the Nelson/Tasman region. 10 local businesses will present one problem or opportunity each. Teams of creatives, developers and business people will form and pick which problems they want to work on. Over the course of a weekend the teams will design and prototype a solution (usually software based), hone their understanding of a business opportunity and then present a winning pitch.

This is the second event of its type in Nelson based on the first super successful HackNelson in November 2017. The theme for HackNelson 2018 is syustainability. This is a chance to take concrete steps to understand and address climate change through monitoring, communication, innovation, etc. It will be a competitive but supportive environment with senior mentors available throughout to coach participants.

We want you to be in the zone as much as possible during the weekend, so all meals and drinks are included! (That's Dinner on the Friday, 3 squares on the Saturday, and Brekkie & Lunch on the Sunday).

Two outcomes of HackNelson will be big increases in our local knowledge around business improvement and technology innovation, as well as new connections and relationships between designers, developers and established businesses.


1st Prize

$3,000 Cheque

2nd Prize

$1,000 Cheque 

Best Designer

Prize to the value of $300

Best presenter

Prize to the value of $300

Best coder

Prize to the value of $300

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When & Where

NMIT Creative Industries G Block
69 Nile Street
Nelson, 7010
New Zealand

Friday, 14 September 2018 at 4:00 pm - Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 4:00 pm (NZST)

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Datacom Nelson & Nelson Regional Development Agency


We are excited to be co-hosting the second HackNelson event. Datacom is a leader in business improvement and digital transformation. We are commited to looking after our customers in NelsonTasman and contributing to regional prosperity. Datacom now operates all across New Zealand and Australia as well as having offices in South East Asia, USA and the UK. Our aim is to be sought after by organisations to explore new posibilities and solve their greatest challenges.

Nelson Regional Development Agency

The Key objective of NRDA is to support regional development by ‘making a measurable difference” to areas it gets involved in.  The new board initially focused on developing a unique and enduring regional identity. Now one of the main areas for action is innovation which is why NRDA supports HackNelson.

This new Agency was formed from the merger of Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency and Nelson Tasman Tourism.  The new agency is a Council Controlled Organisation with Nelson City Council as the sole shareholder.

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