Over 1000 people attended

Popping in throughout the day to talk with our 45+ exhibitors, attending the STEM Schools Experience, or booked into one or more of the 15+ breakout sessions.

Hamilton - March 3rd 2020

An opportunity to come together to share knowledge and insights, to learn, connect and forge new relationships as well as have some fun!

TechFest—Waikato’s Festival of Technology and Innovation

Free entry!

On 3 March 2020, TechFest kicked off the technology and innovation calendar for the Waikato bringing together technology leaders, business, students and the wider community from around the Waikato and New Zealand to see, touch and experience innovative technology products and solutions.

TechFest celebrates the regions technology sector strength and supports the building of networks and opportunities to continue to build on this strength with upcoming talent, businesses that are confident and capable of undertaking their own digital journey, a thriving innovation ecosystem, access to capital for growth, and an overall approach that fosters inclusion in underpinning economic growth and community wellbeing.

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There are also prizes for category winning schools!
Entries close 5pm 1 May.

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Key objectives of TechFest


Enable attendees to access knowledge, experience and insights from leaders operating at the forefront of technology locally and globally.


Support the creation of networks between the local technology sector, business, education providers and the wider community.

Share knowledge

Support digital inclusion and for people to future-proof their businesses and their lives.

Build capacity

Create opportunities that will help stimulate greater growth and innovation in the technology sector and business community.

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Attendee rating from survey


Impressions on social media

Partner and Sponsor feedback

The event facilitated some critical dialogue between key stakeholders about a rare topic in the smart cities space - the UN SDGs. The day confirmed that we have the opportunity to direct our action to have more impact.

Smart Cities Council ANZ (Pre-Event Co-Host)

It was a great day that brought together some of Australia and New Zealand’s top smart city thinkers into one place, and showed the amazing work being done in both countries.

ALGIM (Pre-Event Co-Host)

Organisations across the Waikato have communicated their appreciation for the value they received and as a result TechFest 2020’s impact has rippled across the Waikato technology ecosystem and nationally.


TechFest brought the region together to showcase why we are the fastest growing region for the past few years, highlighting the great work that has been done by tech sector companies.

Te Waka

The 2020 Techfest showcase was an awesome event that really brought together the tech industry both locally and nationally. The level of innovation on display and the caliber of speakers, exhibitors and sponsors really make this a great event!

Lead Social

LearningWorks thanks the organisers, speakers and sponsors of TechFest 2020 for bringing the wealth and generosity of knowledge to us all in the Waikato.


The event was well organised and we made some great connections. It was great to see innovative Waikato technology on display.


TechFest 2020 gave us a fantastic opportunity to showcase our new Silent Conference product in a space and environment that demonstrated its strengths.

Vidcom New Zealand

An excellent community event, bringing together our regions technology sector. What a great turn out of businesses and general public, connecting, sharing and experiencing such a range of innovative technology products and solutions.

UltraFast Fibre

It was great to see the strong attendance through our venue, with so many people jumping at the chance to hear from the high calibre speakers and enjoy the wide range of exhibitors and workshops on offer.

H3 Group

TechFest provided an opportunity to tangibly show how we’re pushing boundaries with tech and offered an opportunity to challenge our existing thinking.

Hamilton City Council

Attendee feedback

STEM Schools Experience

2021 and beyond

If you would be interested in supporting us to deliver TechFest in the future please get in touch.


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