Last night marked our 100th Collider activation and it seems crazy we’re up to that milestone already. It wasn’t until we went through all of the workshops, masterclasses, roundtables, launch events and sponsored events that we realised triple figures were looming.
Time flies when you’re having fun, and oh the fun (and late nights) we’ve had. From wrangling moments with international speakers who are in New Zealand on a whirlwind trip, to sponsoring quality Meetups who would normally struggle to find space for the amount of attendees they host, it’s been a great journey so far and we thought this gave us a great opportunity to pause and reflect.
We were curious to know which activations had created the most value and / or impact, and after looking through our attendees feedback we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the top 10 Collider events thus far:
Summer of Tech Lunchtime talks series
The Summer of Tech programme is an awesome initiative which connects NZ employers with top students for paid summer IT jobs. We hosted their lunchtime talks which gave a voice to local experts who came to inspire and engage both students professionals alike.
Tim Kastelle is a heavy hitting innovation authority at the University of Queensland and we grabbed some time with him while he was visiting New Zealand. Tim facilitated his main event on innovation disruption and hosted a small roundtable for people eager to get further insights.
Games Developers of Wellington
The Game Developers of Wellington group has gone from strength to strength and supports a healthy, growing community of capital city video game creators. They regularly have sell out meetups and fill our event space with emerging talent, student learners, industry experts and excited chatter about all things video games!
Kiwi Landing Pad - Sales and Marketing Jam
We received so much value from this event in November last year that we asked to have it back in April. The Sales and Marketing Jam brings four international speakers who are outstanding in the realm of sales and marketing. On both occasions we’ve been able to nab extra time with the speakers to have an intimate roundtable for anyone seeking further advice.
The #Brainstrust Cohorts
The Brainstrust programme is probably the most out of the box activation we’ve had on our Collider programme, and has provided great results thanks to the facilitator Chris Jackson. Cohorts spend four weeks together solving person’s unique problem using design thinking tools and community problem solving techniques.
The Stepup Mentoring Series
The Stepup Mentorship programme is aimed to accelerate Wellington’s entrepreneurial eco-system via an awesome collaboration between BizDojo and Xero. We’ve connected the knowledge and support of Xero Mentors with the passion and enthusiasm of Wellington’s digital, tech and creative mentees to create 44 Mentor - Mentee relationships.
Suzan LeVine is the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein and she was eager to meet with strong females in New Zealand who are keen to make their mark on the world and push boundaries to reach their goals. We were lucky enough to have Suzie facilitate a females only session with entrepreneurial Wellington women.
Start Up Garage
At BizDojo Collaboration is one of our core values and we couldn’t think of a better company to collaborate with in Wellington, than Creative HQ. As a result of this collaboration, Collider started hosting Creative HQ’s monthly Startup Garage Meetup which has brought in a plethora of amazing speakers and people eager to be inspired.
Melissa Clark-Reynolds Business Models Masterclasses
Melissa Clark-Reynolds is well known on the entrepreneurial scene as a serial disrupter and a professional company director. Melissa was eager to contribute to the Collider programme by coming in to facilitate two, two part Masterclasses on understanding business models. Both her sessions sold out faster than any other activation.
Gary Bolles is a Silicon Valley veteran who has helped countless business leaders to understand seismic changes influenced by technology. In collaboration with Callaghan Innovation we were able to bring Gary to Wellington to facilitate a main event, a roundtable and gave two lucky people the opportunity to have him for a 30 minute one on one.