Manifold Coworking Space - New Plymouth

Got a problem worth solving at Hack Taranaki 2018? Submit your problem here


Hack Taranaki is the region’s first Hackathon

Local companies and organisations will begin the process by presenting problems they are currently facing or opportunities for the future.  Teams of designers, developers and other creative and committed people will then form to address an issue. 

Over the weekend the teams will design and test a solution and then pitch their developed solution on the Sunday evening. It’s a competitive but supportive process. A facilitator and a team of mentors will coach teams throughout the weekend.

Hack Taranaki is a great opportunity to learn new skills and have a lot of fun.

While solutions developed at Hackathons are usually software based, successful teams require people with a range of experiences. 

Anyone can take part and contribute to a hackathon so please come along and contribute your skills, experience and knowledge to make a real difference to the Taranaki community.


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So what exactly is a Hackathon?



Why Attend Hack Taranaki?

Hack Taranaki is the first event of its type in our region. It is part of Tech Week 18 which aims to promote and foster New Zealand's rapidly growing technology and innovation sectors.  Techweek does this by providing the national ecosystem with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination, and an independent platform through which to amplify New Zealand's unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.

So why attend a hackathon?


Passionate about Taranaki

The problems presented at Hack Taranaki will, if solved, will have a wider benefit to our community and or environment. By attending Hack Taranaki you could have a positive impact on our region. 

Connect with others

Participants at Hack Taranaki will be a vibrant, diverse and smart bunch of people. This represents and opportunity to make connections and friendships that often last far beyond the event itself.

Learn new skills

By joining a multi-skilled, diverse team you will be exposed to new ways of thinking and working. Our mentors, with technical and business backgrounds, also share their knowledge and wisdom.

Solve important problems

The problems presented at the start of Hack Taranaki will be real-life Taranaki problems as experienced by local businesses and organisations - this is an exciting opportunity for those addicted problem solving through technology and collaboration.

Access to mentors

Our mentors have a wide range of technical and business experience They are volunteering their time to share their skills with you to ensure the best possible results for the team and the event. Check out our mentor list below.

Great food

Hack Taranaki is a fully catered event. Three nutritious meals a day and all the coffee you need to keep those creative juices flowing. If you have dietry requirments please let us know when you purchase your tickets.


Event Judges

Check out the amazing Hack Taranaki judges ready to give you feedback on your solution


Liam Hodgetts

Group Manager of Strategy at New Plymouth District Council

Liam has nearly 20 years experience in various government roles in NZ, the UK and Australia. He started his professional career as an urban planner and moved into city and district management as a strategy and planning executive. Liam is currently the Group Manager of Strategy at New Plymouth District Council, looking after the Council's spatial and long term planning and community relationship functions. He leads a diverse team of 35 professionals in the areas of Governance, Community Partnerships, Iwi Relationships, Strategic Planning and Business Transformation.  He was the project director of Taranaki's recently launched 'Tapuae Roa: Make Way for Taranaki' Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan and has a keen interest in the economic development challenges and opportunities for New Plymouth and the Taranaki Region.

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David Duffy

Director at Datacom Systems Ltd

Beginning at Datacom in 2005 David has steadily been building high performing businesses across three regions – Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Taranaki. With a passion for technology businesses, David gets a kick out of the generation of skilled jobs in small regions. David sits on Datacom’s New Zealand leadership team and also is involved in strategic decision making for Datacom’s business globally. A one-time law graduate and a recent attendee from MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) David blends people leadership with calculated risk-taking. David has been a part of multiple Datacom Hackfests’ in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato and has witnessed first-hand benefits these events bring to the regions. He is keen to see how Hack Taranaki can help local companies and organisations in the region thrive.


Adrian Sole

General Manager at Efinity Digital & Trackit Energy

Adrian is the General Manager at Efinity Digital and Trackit Energy since 2015. Adrian leads both businesses with his strong people management skills, commercial development, marketing, ICT and FMCG experience. His previous leadership roles have been General Manager of Taranaki Daily News (A Fairfax Company), Web Farm / Free Parking, Peru Café, & Senior Account Manager Telecom. 

Adrian is passionate about leadership, his community and people achieving their potential.

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Claudia King

Founder and CEO of Automio

Claudia is fiercely committed to making quality legal help available to everyone, everywhere. She is the founder and CEO of Automio, a tech company based here in New Plymouth.

Automio's software robots tirelessly carry out client interviews and create instant, error-free legal advice and contracts so lawyers can focus on higher-value legal work. Claudia is a recovering lawyer and in 2017 was an Australia & New Zealand Legal Innovation Index winner.


Coaches and Mentors

Check out the amazing Hack Taranaki coach and mentor team ready to support you throughout the weekend


Sam Parkin

Software Developer, Social Entrepreneur

Born in New Plymouth, raised in Raglan and currently living in Wellington, Sam is an experienced analyst developer and founder of multiple startups. Specialising in early stage tech solutions and lean methodologies he has over 30 years programming experience, and is passionate about community empowerment provided through platforms such as Wellington’s PHP programming language and Linux user groups.
Sam is a Foundation member of Enspiral http://www.enspiral.com - a bold experiment to create a collaborative network that helps people do meaningful work. This decentralised network of social entrepreneurs is finding the balance of autonomy and collaboration, and innovating new processes and tools in business, technology, and social change.
A self selected geek his outside interests usually revolve around technology: hardware hacking with his 3D printer and the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms although he also claims to own more guitars than the number of songs he knows how to play on them.

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Sophie Braggins

Chief Executive Officer at Govett Quilliam

Sophie comes from a strategic business and people background, with experience in human resource management and psychometrics in the United Arab Emirates, people and marketing at TVNZ, and as Managing Director of local Taranaki Accounting firm Strategy Collective. She holds senior governance roles as Chair of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the CEO Forum, and participation on the Committee for the Regional Economic Development Strategy. Sophie is responsible for managing Govett Quilliam's capability to innovate and make the most of opportunities, from a technology, functionality, skills and cultural perspective. She is a strong advocate for engaging with the team to ensure innovation becomes a cultural mind-set.
Outside of work, Sophie has two children, Isabella and Theo, and leads a busy and active lifestyle with a keen interest in ocean swimming, boxing and running. She also has a strong community spirit with involvement in youth programmes such as Accelerator, Big Brothers Big Sisters and student exchanges.


Rob McEwan

Director, Business Computing Services at Staples Rodway Taranaki

Rob has over 30 years of computer and commercial experience from companies in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. He also has extensive experience working in the petrochemical industry with responsibility for IT engineering and service delivery to the Asia Pacific region. Recently Rob has focused much of his time on assisting clients to develop and implement cloud computing strategies and as Director of the Business Computer Services division, his internal roles include team leadership and project management with a proven record of accomplishment working with diverse teams to deliver projects.


Loren M Anderson

Business Analyst at PwC

Loren is an innovative thinker and uses this skill to help businesses solve important problems. She is part of the Executive Leadership Team of PwC’s Taranaki Office. Her day job is also her passion – helping businesses design strategies to achieve their business growth goals. Outside of her role at PwC Loren actively contributes to the local community and has held various volunteer positions, including being an executive committee member of the Taranaki Young Professionals and mentoring at Startup Weekend. Loren is also involved at a governance level in her family’s dairy farming business. Loren has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University and an Executive MBA from Massey University.  


Natalie Wiseman

Business Transformation Lead at New Plymouth District Council

Natalie has an agile mindset and loves helping teams solve problems. She’s a registered Change Practitioner, and is passionate about delivering the best project outcomes through building inclusive, supportive, high functioning teams.

Natalie has a diverse marketing, change, communications and project management background. She spent six years working in Tokyo, before sharpening her skills in Sydney and Perth prior to her return to Taranaki.


Signe Bokær Wilkinson

Account Director at Datacom Systems Ltd

Signe comes from a management background in IT and Central Government. She is a problem solver drawing from her wide experience in different professions and cultures. 
Signe knows how to excite and motivate people around her using her coaching skills to bring out the best in people.Signe has a Master degree in Political Science, a Diploma in Management and is a certified coach.

Late last year Signe returned to New Zealand with her family after 17 years away, living and working in Denmark, Europe (EU) and India. Signe enjoys music and loves singing. She is active in the ‘Mauao Contemporary Choir’ and have for many year practised Kapa Haka.




Jane Treadwell-Hoye

Co-Founder and Corporate Lead, ZeroPoint Ventures

Jane heads up our corporate venturing division. She is an internationally experienced business leader with specific expertise in leading strategic transformation and customer experience programmes.  Jane has more than 20+ years NZ, AsiaPacific (based out of Singapore) and London-based, global experience.

She focuses on innovation via people-centred design-thinking and disruptive approaches to problem solving.  Jane engages with ZeroPoint’s corporate, government and regional partners working with them to bring startup thinking and continuous innovation approaches to their organisations. She has co-designed and led corporate innovation programmes, is founder/co-founder of a number of startups, a startup coach, and a Startup Weekend organiser and mentor.


Event Organisers


Frank Lachmann


Graham Nelson

Adarsh Lal


John Haylock

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Marcel Schadt

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Nick Field


Matt Sagen

Thinking of Participating?

Calling all Software Developers, Designers, Technologists, Business experts and the curious!


Got a Problem worth solving?

Or if you have a problem worth solving.. One that benefits your business, the community, the environment, the region we want to hear about it



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