Aotearoa’s festival for tech that’s good for the world

Check out this rather epic event lineup coming to the Kāpiti Coast—brought to you by the Kāpiti Coast District Council. Contact Karyn from their Economic Development team with any questions, or lock in one of these awesome sessions today: [email protected] 

21 May at 3:30pm Kapiti Boat Club, 2 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach: 


Navigating Startup Investment and Shareholder Selection with Marcel van den Assum 

Marcel van den Assum is an angel investor in over 50 startups, and growth company director of a number of those ventures. His roles include Chairman of Sprout Agritech Ltd, the Palmerston North based agrifoodtech incubator and investor, Wipster Ltd, and Mevo Ltd. He is a Director of NZ Growth Capital Partners, CropX (NZ), BlackCurrent and Flick Electric, and an Independent Advisory Board position with Te Whatu Ora. He is immediate past Chairman of the Angel Association of NZ, founding investor in Wellington’s LightningLab accelerator, a member of AngelHQ, and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Marcel will give an overview of the high-level capital lifecycle, different stages and sources of investment, funding sources, and what investors are looking for in the start-up ecosystem. Additionally, he will give you an overview of what you should be looking for when it comes to seeking shareholders in your startup. 

Reflections on a Global SaaS Journey with Aaron Ward, AskNicely’s Co-Founder 

AskNicely’s Aaron Ward and 2023 Māori Company of the Year, joins us to reflect on his SaaS journey going global from a garden shed in Ponsonby and back again. What would he tell his younger self, knowing what he knows now? AskNicely’s award winning customer experience platform for service businesses now serves over 1,300 customers around the world, employing over 50 employees globally. It has also raised US 50m in venture funding. Now, as he moves into a board role at AskNicely, Aaron has time to reflect on his key journey milestones to date: setting course, tackling the US market, and the different demands on his leadership during change. What did he wish he’d known back then and what does he wish he’d done differently with the benefit of hindsight? 

Passing the torch: Navigating the journey of delegated (product) leadership with Andrew Tokeley 

Andrew Tokeley, (aka Tokes) is New Zealand’s only independent Product Leadership Coach, committed to raising the awareness and practice of product leadership across the country. Since founding his business in 2017, he’s worked with over 70 companies, ranging from startups to banks, and is particularly interested in how founders work with specialised product leaders as they grow their businesses. Tokes will use his experience coaching and advising product companies across New Zealand to explore the challenges and opportunities for founders when deciding, if, when, and how to delegate aspects of their role as leaders. 

22 May 1pm – 2:30pm HerTech Adventure: Creative Minds and Tech 

Paraparaumu Library: contact: [email protected]

Join our panelists who will share their journey of how they ended up in Tech, and how their creative thinking led them there. Learn what roles exist in the Tech Sector and how they may change in future. If you are a high school student / ākonga or a woman wondering how you can use your creative skills mid-career, this is for you. 

23 May 9:30am – 12pm ChatGPT for Kiwi Organisations 

Ramoroa Convention Center—Q2 Park

Have you always wondered what ChatGPT was about? Now’s your chance. Gain confidence and foundational skills to leverage ChatGPT in your business in this engaging 2-hour workshop hosted by AI training specialists, Mosaic Partners, who will also be joined by local business owner Richard Parry. Richard owns Kapiti Purefoods Ltd and while he runs a successful sustainable food production business, he has a background in Tech, including being a former Product Manager from Google. Richard will share how he has used digital channels in Purebread and give an update on some of the new developments in AI. Limited to 30 participants. 


20 May 3pm-5pm AND 25 May 1pm – 4pm Show and Tell with JackBord, Paraparaumu Library 

Join us at Paraparaumu Library’s Children’s area for an engaging and enriching experience with JackBord. Bring the kids along for a blend of fun and education that ignites their curiosity and fosters creativity. JackBord is more than just a tool; it’s an interactive gateway to STEM subjects designed for kids aged 9 years and above. It opens a world of opportunity for young people by delivering fun and authentic learning experiences for curious and creative minds of ALL abilities, creating pathways to careers in science, engineering, and technology. Mark your calendars for two drop-in sessions: one after school on May 20, 2024, and another on Saturday afternoon, May 25, 2024.