Tech Summit


Look out for details coming soon…



17th November 2020 – Rydges Latimer Square, Christchurch

The world around us is changing rapidly and uncertainty abounds. The impact of COVID-19 promises to be enduring and far-reaching. What a great time for our Canterbury Tech community to come together, collaborate, share knowledge and discuss how we propose to expand and thrive as a growth sector for Aotearoa New Zealand.

This year we will be shifting the Summit and delivering it a little differently to previous years.  For full details go to

About the Summit


The world around us in steeped in change. The impact of COVID-19 promises to be enduring and far-reaching. All the more reason for the Canterbury Tech community to look to collaborate and to expand our influence over Aotearoa’s proud and innovative tech community. 

We invite all techpreneurs, disruptors and technology ecosystem leaders to come together again this September for a 2020 Canterbury Tech Summit that has itself been adapted to align with the new norms in conferencing.

Our over-arching theme carries even more weight as we look to Grow, Connect and Inspire together. 

But the look and feel of the Summit has enjoyed a thorough makeover to better enable us to meet the needs of our valued community. 

Being held more centrally, at Rydges Latimer Square, this year’s Summit has been split into two clear sessions, inviting you to:

  • Innovate and Transform during the morning session (8.30am – 1.30pm), and to hear about;
  • The Next Wave of Applied Technology at the afternoon session (1.30-6.30pm)

Numbers are limited and those looking to physically join us at one or either of these sessions should act fast (first in, first serve registrations), especially if you’re experiencing Zoom-lag and keen to also enjoy time with your peers at the sponsored Summit lunch and evening network sessions.

But for those unable to attend, technology is in place to allow you to listen and participate as a virtual attendee too.

In the morning, high quality speakers (both home-grown and international) will join us to share their experiences and ideas on innovations, digital transformation, business and technology agility, with a particular focus on assisting companies in navigating their way through the new post-COVID reality.

Presentations for the afternoon session will be of a more technical nature, focusing on new technologies and related innovations that are poised to have a positive impact both on our sector and associated industries. 

Whatever your current situation, the 2020 Canterbury Tech Summit promises to be the perfect catalyst to help all our members Grow, Connect and Inspire, both through enjoying presentations and discussion on aspirational and education technology-oriented content and by providing plenty of opportunity for you to network and share views, problems, and solutions with others working in your field.

Registration for the 2020 Summit is now open

Past Speakers

Stephen Scheeler

The Digital CEO

Rosalie Nelson

GM – Strategy, Impact and Insights – Callaghan Innovation

Victor Yuen

Head of Product – FaceMe

Avinash Rao

GNC Manager – Rocket Lab


Prof Mark Billinghurst

Professor – University of South Australia & AUT


Keri Niven

Digital Collaboration Leader – Aurecon

Glenn Bull

Founder & CEO – Skilitics

Prof Leigh Angus

Head of Innovation and Commercialisation – ASB

Don Christie

Managing Director – Catalyst

How to get involved?

For Sponsorship opportunities please contact

Registrations for the Canterbury Tech Summit 2020 are now open.


Join us

Why attend?

  • Make deals and do business with serious entrepreneurs, industry leaders, innovators, and investors.
  • Get access to Canterbury’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and meet up with decision makers in a collaborative environment.
  • Engage with multipliers and community members who actively support our ecosystem including Callaghan Innovation, NZTE and ChristchurchNZ.
  • Challenge yourself to create solutions that could change our world.
  • Cross-pollinate your business with innovative new ideas


Who should attend?

The Summit is for everyone with an interest in the tech sector particularly if you:

  • are a founder/ entrepreneur wanting to hear other people’s success stories
  • sell software products
  • support a tech company with your professional expertise (e.g. marketing, HR, legal, finance)
  • manage a dev team
  • are a student interested in joining the vibrant tech industry


Need more convincing? Check out the feedback:

  • “The Summit was well run with a very high calibre of speakers and excellent opportunities to network.”
  • “It’s an essential event for anyone working in the tech sector in the South Island.”
  • “Some of the staff at our company were attending for the first time. I think it gave them a sense of just how big and important the IT scene is in Christchurch”
  • “The standout event on the annual calendar for our sector to get together, and increasingly to demonstrate how well the sector is faring here in Canterbury.”
  • “It is the best value must attend IT networking event in NZ.”