Hamilton New Zealand has a character all it’s own. Much like many places in New Zealand like Palmerston North that is famous for a quote by John Cleese.
“If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick. We stayed in a little motel, the weather was grotty, the theatre was a nasty shape and the audience was very strange to play to. We had a thoroughly, bloody miserable time there and we were so happy to get out.”
Hamilton is most known for V8 engines and farming activity. It is relatively the same size as Christchurch and Wellington. However, the IT communities in the other two are far bigger than the one in Hamilton.
Both Wellington and Christchurch have both benefitted from Government programmes that were set up specifically to help grow the tech sectors in those regions. Wellington as the capital supports the local tech sector directly as a customer. Christchurch has had multitudes of programmes to assist its Tech sector. From special immigration points granted to people willing to migrate to the area to special government growth programmes.
So it was great to see the local community leaders step up and not only start Agile Hamilton but also run a great full day event. With the support of Agile Alliance New Zealand, there was 4 speakers and an OpenEvent in the afternoon.
The event had great attendance and everyone involved felt it was a great start to bigger things to come.
This now leaves us with our last Agile Alliance New Zealand sponsored event, which is to happen on 23 February 2018 in Christchurch.
Which makes you wonder how much potential there is in these smaller communities that aren’t being taken full advantage of.