ITx Rutherford 2019 Programme

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kiteAO, to The World; See The World.

Thursday 11:00am - 11:30am, IT Professionals NZ (CCL Room 2)

Connecting Digitising ‘word of mouth’ while supporting the value of business relationships, kiteAO supports economic development and business support services in Te Tai Tokerau region.

The online service is free to access and supports a searchable map of skills and services by industry sector or location. The service enables business owners to connect with each other as well as inviting skills and investment to those businesses with unmet talent and capital needs.

Northland Inc, Te Tai Tokerau’s economic development agency, sponsored the project in response from the business community. Unique amongst economic development agencies, the service makes the most of local software development capabilities, utilised open source assets and is powered by industry sector business owners and stakeholders that take an active role in a growing inline community.

Initially launched to the technology and food industry sectors, kiteAO invites industry sponsorship to support the specific needs of other sectors.

By challenging the conventional business support services and the practice of economic development, kiteAO is demonstrates how business and community leaders can increase the benefits of trade and supply chains in a regional setting as well as promoting digital behaviours in SME businesses.

By sharing the learning of the kiteAO project, I hope to offer an option to other regions, business groups, and community programmes to increase connectivity and the real benefits of collaborative work.


Jiveen MacGillivray

Growth & Innovation Specialist, Northland Inc

Innovation, export, skills and investment services for community & economic development. Programme & project management.

Matt Keene

Co-Founder/Partner, Mahuta Digital

Matt has 20 years experience in IT software design and development producing line of business applications for small to medium-sized enterprises.

He sits with and talk to clients to find out what their business needs are and then work to provide them with effective, elegant and economical solutions that integrate with their business's strategy.