A curated programme providing unique experiences and an opportunity to forge deep connections

What is TechFest?

TechFest is part of an ongoing effort, led by CultivateIT to build a thriving technology ecosystem in the Waikato which is connected to and supports the building of capacity across business and the wider community.

As a sector body responsible for connecting the technology ecosystem and driving technology innovation, CultivateIT works with Te Waka: Waikato's Economic Development Agency and other stakeholders to collaboratively deliver a digital and ICT programme of work across the region, aligned with regional economic development objectives and integrated with other regional, as well as national, digital enablement and related activities.

TechFest is delivered by CultivateIT in partnership with Te Waka and Hamilton City Council.

The Techfest Team

Event Director

Jannat Maqbool

Jannat is the Operations Manager at CultivateIT and successfully delivered Techweek Waikato in 2018 and 2019, 21 and 31 events, as part of the annual nationwide festival of technology and innovation. Jannat is also the Event Director of Wintec's #IoTWaikato Tech Meetup, the largest technology event in Waikato, outside of Techweek Waikato and TechFest.

Marketing and PR

Amy van Garderen

Amy is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Te Waka. Amy has spent the past decade in communications and marketing roles at a variety of Hamilton-based organisations including as Marketing Manager for Hamilton City Council’s event facility unit, known as H3 Group.

Event Coordinator

Josephine Makuden

Josephine has recently graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Communication, Public Relations, and Advertising from Wintec, and in addition to being the Events Coordinator for the Wintec’s #IoTWaikato Tech meetup and volunteering as Co-Head of Events at Seed Waikato, has a number of years of experience planning and coordinating events in both India and New Zealand.

STEM Schools Experience Coordinator

Ginette van Praag

Ginette is a long serving member of the Digital Technologies teaching community and is the Founder of The Technology Hub in Taupo, which was one of just 9 providers selected nationally for the Ministry of Education's Strengthening Digital Technologies initiative in 2017. Ginette's passion for digital technologies extends to the wider community, creating spaces for tamariki to explore new technologies through creative play. 


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