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Tech Events

From the tech alleys of Auckland to the bustling streets of Wellington, TechStep is Aotearoa’s premier guide to the dynamic landscape of tech events and innovations.  Whether you’re an enthusiast looking to dive deep into the world of technology or interested in discovering what a tech career looks like, these events are here to help you connect and grow.  We proudly support and showcase tech events all across the Land of the Long White Cloud. Jump in, be curious, and become part of New Zealand’s vibrant tech world.   Make your next step tech!

Featured Event

ShadowTech Day

ShadowTech Day provides girls in years 9-11 with an incredible opportunity to experience what working in the tech sector is like, encouraging them onto education pathways that lead into tech sector roles.

Supported by Tech Step, this programme helps inspire girls into tech careers by pairing secondary school students with local tech organisations and taking them through a “day in the life” experience. This includes sitting in on meetings, witnessing communication and interaction between peers, and seeing what a typical day is like in the tech industry.

With women making up only 29 per cent of the IT workforce, programmes like ShadowTech help break down the barriers and myths that girls have.

Upcoming Events

DayBreak – Festival of Innovation

Date: 7-8 March 2024
Venue: The Cargo Shed, 5 Dive Crescent, Tauranga

Priority One and partners are excited to bring you DayBreak – Festival of Innovation, where communities will converge, collaborate and create a truly innovative experience.

Region: Te Moana-a-Toi, Bay Of Plenty

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Working in the Cloud – Tech walking tour & information day

Date: 19 March 2024
Venue: 7 Dixon Street Wellington

Tech is New Zealand’s second biggest industry and it’s essential that today’s students understand the career opportunities in this important and thriving sector.

Region: Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington

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Hononga STEM (Te Tai Tokerau)

Date: Wednesday 3 April to Friday 5 April 2024
Dargaville High School (3 Apr), Dargaville Intermediate (4 Apr), Dargaville Primary school (5 Apr)

To ensure that all Māori and all Pacific youth, are able to access the Hangarau Matahiko curriculum, Learn English Live are delivering practical STEM workshops to kura and schools, within the Dargaville area.

Region:Te Tai Tokerau, Northland

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Previous Tech Step Events

TechStep Kāpiti

Date: 28 February 2024
Venue: Te Raukura ki Kāpiti, 4A Raumati Road, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu

A 1-day event featuring local keynote speakers and breakaway workshops. The event will enable the next generation of Kāpiti innovators with resources, tools and wrap-around mentors.

Region: Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, Greater Wellington

KIWIBOTS VEX IQ Robotics NZ Nationals

Date: 8-10 December 2023
Venue: Palmerston North Convention Centre, Papaioea, Manawatū

The VEX IQ Challenge National Championship is an annual event, this year hosted at the Palmerston North Conference & Function Centre.

Region: Manawatū-Whanganui

TechStep Hutt Valley

Date:  29 November 2023
Venue: Whirinaki Whare Taonga Arts Centre, Upper Hutt

Year 10 rangatahi, teachers and whānau – Come along to this event and be inspired by some of the amazing technology companies across our region.

Region:Te Upoko o te Ika, Wellington

Kelston Intermediate Career Exploration Day 2023

Date:  23 November 2023
Venue: Kelston Intermediate School, 12B Vanguard Rd, Kelston, Auckland

The ICE Base are rolling out the red carpet for organisations to join them at the Kelston Intermediate Career Exploration Day! This FREE event is your ticket to engage, inspire, and have a blast with the community and rangatahi.

Region: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Hononga STEM (Te Tai Tokerau)

Date:  Monday 13 November 2023 to Friday 17 November 2023
TKKM Taumarere in Moerewa (Monday 13 Nov)
TKKM Pukemiro in Kaitaia (Tuesday 14 Nov)
TKKM Te Rangi Āniwaniwa in Awanui (Wednesday 15 Nov)
Taipa Area School in Taipa (Thursday 16 Nov and Friday 17 Nov)

To ensure that all Māori and all Pacific youth, are able to access the Hangarau Matahiko curriculum, LEL in partnership with the Museum of Transportation and Technology (MOTAT) are delivering practical STEM workshops to kura and school, across Te Tai Tokerau.

Region:Te Tai Tokerau, Northland

TechStep Ngāwhā

Date: 3 November 2023
Venue: Ngāwhā Innovation & Enterprise Park, 5449A State Highway 12, Kaikohe

TechStep Ngāwhā aims to encourage ākonga from Kura Kaupapa Māori of Te Tai Tokerau to take up the many and varied opportunities available to them in the world of technology.

Region: Te Tai Tokerau, Northland

South Auckland Future Fest

Date: 19 October 2023
Venue: Due Drop Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau

Come explore your vocational pathway, apprenticeship, and career opportunities at the South Auckland Future Fest! Don’t know what you want to do after high school? Don’t know what you want to study at university? Want a job for the summer?

Region: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Career Development Association of New Zealand International Conference 2023

Date: 11 – 13 October 2023
Venue: Viaduct Events Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau

The Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) is excited to present the CDANZ International Conference, taking place from 11-13 October 2023 at the Viaduct Events Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of inspiration, networking and transformative experiences!

Region: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Digital Tech Workshop for Career & Life Advisors

Date: 11 October 2023
Venue: Digital Natives Academy, Hinemoa Street, Rotorua

We are pleased to announce an exciting event happening right here in Rotorua that is not just for robots and cyborgs: The TechStep Digital Event for Influencers & Changemakers – that’s you whānau, parents, school career advisors, teachers, community leaders, youth mentors or anyone who plays a critical role in guiding young on the journey to achieving their highest potential.

Region: Te Moana a Toi, Bay of Plenty

Supported Events

South Auckland STEM Conference and Expo: A Resounding Success!

Coconut Wireless and Tech Step joined forces to host the South Auckland STEM conference and expo, attended by over 2500 people! The expo aimed to inspire and ignite curiosity among our rangatahi, encouraging them to explore their passions and take the next step into the world of tech.

This awesome event brought together industry and the community to showcase the wonders, excitement, and the endless possibilities of tech.

Region: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Tech Talanoa 2023: Enabling a thriving technology sector for Pasifika

Dive into a transformative dialogue curated by Toi Mai to shape the future of Pasifika in New Zealand’s tech sector. These events aim to harness insights from the Pacific community, directly influencing the Toi Whānui workforce development plan. We’re eager to explore the skills gaps faced by Pasifika in tech, understand the unique values they bring, enhance IT education from a Pacific viewpoint, and strategise for a more inclusive tech environment.

If you’re of Pacific descent in tech, part of a Pacific Community HUB or NGO, a tech hiring manager, or a recruiter focusing on Pasifika talent, your perspective is invaluable.

Join Tech Talona 2023 and be an integral voice in the tech movement. 

Region: Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland / Te Upoko o te Ika, Wellington