High praise for HAKA-thon event

Hawke's Bay Today - - Business -

Af­ter an in­ten­sive 48 hours, the first Hack Hawke’s Bay (The HAKA-thon) event has sparked a sense of in­spi­ra­tion in the region, or­gan­is­ers say.

Co-or­gan­iser Barry Soutar said the week­end’s event was the first time the joint ac­cel­er­ated busi­ness ac­ti­va­tion pro­gramme from Dat­a­com and T3W (Na­tional Ma¯ori Tech and In­vest­ment) had been run in the Bay with 80 par­tic­i­pants.

“The en­ergy in the room over the two days was amaz­ing, and the so­lu­tions pre­sented at the end, sim­ply bril­liant. It more than de­liv­ered on our hopes for the event.”

Savannah Peter­son, a vis­it­ing tech­nol­ogy leader and con­nec­tor from Sil­i­con Val­ley on her 13th visit to New Zealand, said: “The hackathon was mas­sively in­spir­ing; but more im­por­tantly I am con­fi­dent we’ll see an im­pact as a re­sult in the region.

“I sus­pect some­times that Ki­wis don’t know how spe­cial they are, and the magic that hap­pens when you cel­e­brate and em­power Ma¯ori busi­ness.

“What’s good for Ma¯ori is good for the Bay and for New Zealand, and it’s good for the world. I can’t say it enough,” Peter­son said.

“I was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed to see the syn­er­gies be­tween lo­cal gov­ern­ment and cre­ative minds in the region.

“Hawke’s Bay is a fan­tas­tic place, and I hope that this week­end re­minded par­tic­i­pants of that.

The event suc­cess­fully blended Ma¯ori as­pi­ra­tions and out­comes for job path­ways and op­por­tu­ni­ties with the de­vel­op­ment of com­mer­cial prod­uct/ser­vice pro­to­types.

The win­ner on the day was a ta­lent at­trac­tion and re­ten­tion plat­form hosted by Busi­ness Hawke’s Bay, sec­ond place went to Em­pow­ered, a game-based teach­ing plat­form for dyslexic stu­dents and third was Clearly, a con­sumer-fac­ing car­bon foot­print com­par­a­tive app hosted by Napier City Coun­cil.

Photo / Busi­ness Hawke's Bay

The win­ning Busi­ness Hawke's Bay team of the first Hack Hawke's Bay event.

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