Launch Event FAQs

What is the launch event about?


Where can I find the livestream link?

Details will be announced soon.

Who can attend?


How do I get there?

The launch event will be held at Whangara Marae - 368 Pa Rd, Whangara. The Marae is 30 minutes drive from Gisborne city centre so the easiest way to get here would be to take a taxi.

Parking is available outside the Marae if you are driving.



Hackathon FAQs

What is a Hackathon? How does it work?

Hackathon is an event where people with diverse skills, interests and perspectives collaborate to solve problems using technology. Participants usually form groups of 2 - 6 individuals, identify problems and generate solutions to a fleshed out concept, mock-up or prototyping stage.

Hack Tairāwhiti is a 48 hour Hackathon on the 18th - 20th of May 2018 that will bring a collection of New Zealand exporters and the country's top tech talent together in Gisborne. With the objective of unlocking the region's potential to support entrepreneurs across NZ.

Why Gisborne?


Who can apply? 

You don’t have to be a ‘hacker’, a programmer or a tech-lover to take part - all skill-sets are valuable!

An ideal team has a mixture of skills (developers, designers, marketers, researchers).

What if I'm new to this?

No worries! We have experienced mentors to assist you and your team. Come and have fun!

What if I don't have an idea or a team?

No problem! Teams are formed in the early stages of the weekend.

What does it cost?


How do I get there?


What should I bring?

Yourself! A laptop and any other working equipment / electronics you’d like to have on hand. We’ll provide meals, workspace, and plenty of snacks, drinks, post-it notes, pens and the like.

When should I show up and when should I leave?

Details will be announced soon.

How does the Marae stay work?

Details will be announced soon.

How many people can be on my team?

We would recommend a team size of no more than 10, as it may become difficult to stay connected and work cohesively with more than this. An ideal team size would be 7 - 8 people, with a mix of skills (developers, designers, marketers, researchers and at least one person who loves pitching to a crowd). In our experience, the more diverse your team (in every aspect), the stronger your end solution.

We have capacity for a maximum of 15 teams, and - to keep things fair - no one can begin work until we are organised into 15 or less teams.

What data, APIs, resources & tech will I have access to?

Details will be announced soon.

Am I allowed to bring pre-prepared code or technology?

You are allowed to use existing technology, including third party libraries, frameworks or your own pre-built code.

You will need to declare any code or technology you bring with you that is incorporated into your submission, including a description of its scope and functionality. Please note that the "Execution" criteria is assessed based on the work you produce during the weekend and not what you brought in. For example, bringing a complete codebase/project without further modification will not contribute towards the Execution criteria of your submission.

Who owns the intellectual property generated?

You do. Each participating team owns the intellectual property they develop during the weekend.

How does the judging work?

Details will be announced soon.

What is the selection process?

Details will be announced soon.

Are there prizes?

Details will be announced soon.

I have more questions

Please feel free to contact us and ask!