Venture Southland will lead Southland’s contribution to the national Techweek’18, held from 19 -27 May.

Techweek’18 is a national initiative, now in its second year, which focuses on finding local answers to global questions through technology and innovation in New Zealand.

Venture Southland has organised two events, an invitation-only tourism futures workshop, and a Tech Tour for Southland school students and will support National Coworking Day and National Maker Day.

The workshop, held Wednesday, 23 May, will encourage design thinking and innovation across Southland businesses.

Southland Business Accelerator programme manager Stewart Fleming said the best concepts could enter the Venture Southland Business Accelerator Programme for further development.

The Southland Youth Futures Programme is also linking into the Techweek’18 initiative with a Tech Tour on offer for students on Friday, 25 May.

Students will meet with software developers at Focus Technology, be introduced to mobile app development at Digital Stock and tour Venture Southland’s Awarua satellite ground station.

Southland Youth Futures coordinator Allison Beckham said the tour was designed to show school students the career opportunities available in IT and the space industry in Southland.

Venture Southland business services manager Alistair Adam said Southland’s involvement in Techweek’18 shows the significant amount of work going on in the innovation and development sector across the region.