<HACKNELSON> is a collaborative event that brings Nelson’s business people, software developers and creatives together to solve real problems. 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 are formed, and participants work all weekend with the support of our talented mentors. On Sunday, teams present their concepts and prototypes, and the judging panel award prizes.

On top of the money, prizes and profile gained by taking part, the other massive benefit of <HACKNELSON> are the connections and mutual opportunities created between local businesses and innovative people in the Nelson Tasman region.


<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, business people and developers will form and choose a problem they want to solve. 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.

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