Put your learnings into action and take part in a weekend hackathon. Play with new technology, meet interesting people and create an application in two days. It'll be fun and intense!

Who should come?

- Developers, designers, students, creatives, filmmakers, producers, marketeers, gamers and anyone curious about virtual reality and the Internet of Things.

Bring your tech and experience - beginners to experts, there is something new for everyone.


The hacking track is for participants to dive into problems. Often groups of 3-7 individuals form around a project, such as building a new data visualization, writing a document, or collaboratively investigating a problem. Participants take out their laptops, connect to power and wifi, and get working.

Hacking begins with project introductions. Participants that bring projects to the event have an opportunity to briefly (1 minute max) explain what they are working on at the very start of the event so that other participants can join that project. At the end of the event, a wrap-up session gives each project a chance to demonstrate some accomplishments.

We will assist in building teams and helping team to progress.

1.       Pitch an idea, build a team

2.      Define goals and outcomes:  Problem, solution, stakeholders, benefit and business model.

3.      Regular pause and review.  Do you have a plan?  Is there progress?  Are all team members happy and productive?

4.      Prototype and Demo.  It’s better to make small steps that demonstrate progress.  ‘Eat the elephant!’

5.      Test and refine.  Who are your users?  Test with them, and make sure value is being built

6.      Demo time.  Explain the problem, who it is for, your solution, what is the business model





Isuru Fernando

IBM’s leader on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing in NZ.

Globally, Isuru is a recognised thought leader and is in the top 0.1% of IBM’s talent. Isuru graduated from the University of Auckland where he spent most of his time geeking out and pushing the boundaries of theory and practice. 

He then went on to co-found a successful start-up, he's a board member of the Association of Information Professionals Australia Chapter, and is part of the Embedded Systems and Robotics research group at the University of Auckland. He's also authored a bunch of journal articles. Oh, and he's obsessed with Data!

Giovanni Vigorelli

Giovanni Vigorelli has been working as software technical specialist for the last 18 years. Throughout his career he has helped several organizations chosing and adopting technologies to become more efficient and innovative. Experience in Business Process Management and Integration. Open to modern practices like DevOps and Cloud, architectures like Microservices, technologies like Docker and keen to be ahead of the curve. Never stop learning.


Best Cognitive Hack Using Bluemix

- a one-year membership of the Global Entrepreneur Programme