Tech Summit

September 2020 – details coming soon!

In September each year over 700 of our country’s hardest grafters, STEM masters, logical risk takers, no.8 wires, tech supporters and students converge at the Air Force Museum for New Zealand’s highlight tech event of the year – the Canterbury Tech Summit.

About the Summit

Held in September this year’s Canterbury Tech Summit promises to be even bigger and better than before, embodying our commitment to Grow, Connect and Inspire the burgeoning South Island tech community.

Over the years we have worked hard to position the Canterbury Tech Summit as Aotearoa premier tech event of the year, attracting over 700 of New Zealand brightest minds and technology advocates and educators to converge and connect at Christchurch Air Force Museum the emotional home of this tech mecca.

Helping you to navigate the strategic trends and technologies that are driving digital transformation and shaping the future of IT and business, we have an inspiring line-up of event speakers. Workshops split across three streams will drive focus on everything from Big Data to IoT, from Diversity to Cybersecuirty and business growth and development and, as usual, there will be a pulsing hub of energy created by the many associated exhibition stands.

The speaker line-up for 2019 is second to none and following the success of last year’s event, there will be ample opportunity to interact with industry experts, cutting-edge solution providers and peers, all on hand to help you uncover innovative ways to approach challenges, make decisions with confidence and become even more effective as leaders in your tech space.

Registration for the 2019 Summit is now open

Past Speakers

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 opportunties please contact Nick Burns.

Registrations for the Canterbury Tech Summit 2019 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.”