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. 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.

This is the inaugural event of its type in Nelson but is modelled off a very successful Datacom event that has run in Auckland for the last six years. The theme for <HackNelson> 2017 is adding value to our established primary industries. It will be a competitive but supportive environment with senior mentors available throughout to coach participants.

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. We also expect that one or two of the solutions created over the event will be fully commercialised and deliver direct financial returns for the organisations involved.


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

We are happy to discuss protection of your privacy and commercialisation rights.

Would you like to help drive up productivity, safety, sustainability or employment in the Nelson region?

If so then Register your interest to attend.


1st Prize | $2,000 Cheque

2nd Prize | $1,000 Cheque

Best Designer | $200 Prezi Card

Best presenter | Intel NUC PC (RRP $460)

Best coder | Fortinet Gift Pack plus Micsoroft Azure credits ($300 Value)



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