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Flavio Hangarter has been on the founding team of two tech companies.  Over the past seven years, Flavio has been working with founder focused incubators and accelerators to validate and scale New Zealand’s Hi-tech startups to the world.  Today, he works with global thinking software and service founders and empowers them to reach their business potential.


You have completed your market validation. People love your product; you received some fantastic feedback – next step marketing. You advertise your product, have some fancy copy leading to your website, but nobody is buying your product.

Customer uptake is slow, and your original paths to market don’t seem to get traction. What is going wrong? You did the research, people you spoke to loved it, why is the market not responding? Market traction failure is the case all too often, and you may have even experienced it yourself. Good news is that it probably hasn’t got anything to do with your product or a flaw in your market research. It comes down to human psychology and the way we adopt new products and services into our daily routines.

In this session, Flavio Hangarter will talk about the potential downside of advertising your startup’s product to everyone. You will learn how you can increase the chance of your success by understanding the Law of Diffusion of Innovation and what you can do to gain traction in your market early on.

Rahul Jangali is currently in his first year of his PhD research and a Doctoral Assistant at The University of Waikato - School of Engineering.  His research mainly focuses on Apple fruitlet thinning using robots and path planning for the robot. His previous qualification at The University of Waikato includes Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First class honours) and then went to pursue a Master of Engineering with honours which focused on developing a "Cave autosampler for scientific research". The autosampler he

Jan will discuss how NZ employers can support and grow IT students to become the employees they need. Jan has a passion for the education sector and in particular focused vocational training. She believes in keeping students engaged by wrapping their studies around the needs of the individual, attaching learning to reality and ensuring that we provide opportunities for learners and staff to be innovative

Lisa will look at what roles recruiters in the technology sector in New Zealand is finding particularly hard to fill, and explore why there seems to be a shortage in these areas. Following on from this, what does she think are possible solutions to ease this skills-shortage here in New Zealand as demand for IT and digital talent continues to grow. Finally, she will look at why so many people still struggle to find work even in a skills-short market

Much is made of the technical skills and training required to become a modern software developer, but soft skills such as communication and empathy are often overlooked. Drawing from 15 years as an employer, Ben explains why he values these soft skills over technical skills, how they are uniquely hard to find in the software industry, and why they are of particular importance in a small fast-moving company.