About the Summit

Find out about the Summit and Canterbury Tech



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

This must attend event is an industry-driven tech mecca, created and formed by ordinary Kiwis who are passionate about tech and its ability to make things go faster, better, and more efficiently.

Attendees are guaranteed a packed line-up of quality speakers and workshops across three streams that will focus on business growth and top technologies from AI, AR/VR, and Blockchain to Cybersecurity.

Let’s make some noise!

This year’s theme echoes the energy of our industry’s unique propulsion – “Amplify”.  If Kiwis are to maintain our significance in this fast-evolving tech world, we must increase volume both in noise and mass.

Sharing our knowledge and our stories enables others to learn, be inspired, and grow. The Summit is our stage and podium to amplify our voice, inspire others, and multiply new ideas and opportunities.

Why you need to attend

In a little over 15 years the Canterbury Tech Summit has evolved from ambitious startup beginnings to an established conference on the tech industry calendar, attracting over 700 individuals from Canterbury and beyond. Our roots have dug deep in these silicon plains, the country’s second largest ICT hub that comprises some of the most brilliant tech businesses and individuals in New Zealand.

Whether you are a founder, dev lead, business manager, student, or a professional who supports the industry, the Summit is for everyone with an interest in the tech sector.

The purpose of the Canterbury Tech Summit is to connect, learn, and encourage inspiration to create new opportunities through innovation.  Our aim is to help people make the impossible possible, to solve problems with new ideas, develop collaborative opportunities, and to amplify their potential.

If you’re new to the Summit, or haven’t been for a few years, see highlights of last year’s Summit in this short video: https://vimeo.com/237312167

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.” 

Canterbury Tech

Canterbury Tech (Canterbury Software Inc.) is Canterbury’s leading professional association dedicated to advancing innovation, commercialisation and export. We have a broad-based member community – New Zealand’s most innovative companies and successful entrepreneurs. 

It aims to develop globally successful technology companies through collaboration and education for businesses small and large. The non-profit organisation is run by a voluntary committee and has over 300 company and individual members.