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Silicon Mahia

Mon 8 May 10am — 8pm

Silicon Mahia aims to demonstrate the opportunities available to rural communities through a digital lens.
Ticket price: $40

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This year we’re holding the Poutama Digital Cluster hui in Mahia. If it can happen there it can happen anywhere, particularly for people where location is not a barrier to delivering a global service.

The Poutama Digital Cluster is a loose cluster of various businesses involved in digital activities.  The cluster is not affiliated to any particular digital group or forum, it is not government supported or funded…. it’s just a bunch of people that come together for a fun time and to share experiences and ideas… sometimes they even get to do business together.The businesses that hang out in the cluster include software and hardware developers, animators and gamers, film and television producers, app, web and bot developers, drone and GIS operators, crypto-currency traders and keepers of data sovereignty…. to name but a few.

Poutama pulls the cluster together from time to time with hui to date held in Auckland (2015) and Ohakune (2016).  Our next hui, Silicon Mahia, will be held at Mahia on the 8th May 2017.


Andrew has been working in ICT since 1989. Over the years he's touched on many aspects of IT from coding to advising financial institutions on how best to invest in infrastructure, and has a broad and indepth knowledge in building and supporting enterprise level infrastructure.
Bailey Mackey is an award winning New Zealand producer across a wide array of programme genres after starting as a DJ on iwi radio station Radio Ngati Porou (Ruatoria) in 1999. He has a strong focus on Maori content programming for broad audiences.
Barry spent more than 30 years in the technology industry internationally in roles from programming to sales and marketing at global iconic brand companies. Today he works with a portfolio of Māori technology companies at NZTE helping grow them bigger, better, faster for the benefit of Māori and NZ.
Bernie Wi Neera - Ngati Toa/Ngati Ruanui. Bernie has pursued fulltime research into Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology. Today Bernie is a Stockholder, Shareholder, Trader and International Educator in the Digital Space
A fresh voice in a crowded landscape, Dr Rosie Bosworth is a strategic innovation consultant and communications professional with a penchant for driving competitive business growth through disruptive innovation and game changing technology platforms.
George is the Chair of Onenui Station which is the site where RocketLab will launch its rockets from. George will talk about making the leap from farming sheep and cattle to farming Rockets!!
Ian will discuss mapping natural resources using drones & photogrammetry and how that technology can be used to help connect the past with the present."Drones are a great innovation and I use them in a number of commercial applications but creating video clips that connect with whanau is the best.”
Ian Taylor CNZM is a businessman and former television presenter based in Dunedin.

Taylor founded Taylormade Media in 1989 as a television production company. The following year he established Animation Research Limited,
Lanita is a freelance producer/director/writer/presenter across multi-platforms in screen production. As an independent producer, director, writer and presenter/MC, she has delivered various projects across screens of all sizes for the past 20 years.
Quinn’s 16 years’ experience in the ICT sector began with a CompTIA A+ certification, he is the first Māori trained in Aotearoa with the International Fibre Optic Association as a “Certified Fibre Optic Technician”.
Roland Pomana is the current Chairman for the New Zealand ESRI User Group and believes that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are integral to making this happen.

He has worked within the NZ geospatial industry for over 10 years.
Teri has 20 + years specializing in The Economics of Behaviour- within a classroom context and its impact on future generations.
Currently she is writing an e-book "How to Tame a Prince' - which offers practical solutions to building positive classroom environments
Tui Te Hau - Rongomaiwahine, Te Arawa & Tuwharetoa
GM Innovation Hub, Mahuki, Te Papa Tongarewa

As Mahuki's General Manager, Tui has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and early stage companies.

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