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Sustainability - Preparing you for THE BIG SHIFT

Launch Event

AUG 9 2018 at 5:30PM

Main Event

SEP 14/15/16 2018

Elevat0r pitch

<HACKNELSON> is a collaborative event bringing Nelson's Business people, Software Developers and Creative Designers together. Local organisations will pitch problems in August for teams to solve over 48 hours in September.

<HACKNELSON> is a digital innovation weekend focused on unleashing the potential of our region's businesses.

Teams compete by working all weekend with the support of our talented business mentors. On Sunday teams will present their concepts and prototypes. Then our judging panel will award prizes.

On top of the money, prizes and profile gained by taking part, the massive benefit of <HACKNELSON> is the connection and mutual opportunity created between local businesses and smart people in Nelson / Tasman.


Should i attend? 


<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. 5-10 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.


Creatives - UI / UX / Designers

Our modern world depends on an exciting fusion of artistic design and technical wizardry. HackNelson can open new windows of opportunity for our regional producers (established primary industry businesses) but to do this we need you! If you like fun, focus and friends then come and spend a weekend working on the creative application of software and the communication of powerful new ideas.

There will be real customers to work for and software developers who urgently need your help. Whether you love marketing, branding, or design there are things to learn and roles to fill.


Would you enjoy the chance to try out new ideas and new technology in a low risk environment? How about machine learning in horticulture or aquaculture? Do you like challenges and learning new things? HackNelson is a great opportunity to learn cool stuff, meet new people, and use your software skills to unlock opportunities.

Where else can you pull an all-nighter with people you’ve never met before, solve technical challenges you didn’t think possible, wow a big audience with your software and win cash prizes?



Business People

The glue that holds the developers and the creatives together is the business problem. Someone needs to curate that problem. Every team taking part in HackNelson will need analysts, managers and sales people.

Please come along, learn from the smart people around you and contribute your experience and business knowledge.



Established primary industry businesses are the heart of this event. They provide the relevance and purpose for innovative technology solutions. <HackNelson> is about understanding business roadblocks and business opportunities, then designing new approaches to exploit those opportunities and leap-frog those roadblocks. If your business could benefit from the help of 60 smart minds to help solve your problems, then email us now at hacknelson@datacom.co.nz

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