Free trip to New Zealand for 100 talented techies

LookSee Wellington is offering 100 techies the chance to win a free trip to the capital of New Zealand. 

The project, which is being led by Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Workhere New Zealand, describes its city as ‘South Pacific’s tech and innovation capital, bubbling with innovative tech companies developing leading edge solutions and exporting them to the world’.

The technology industry in New Zealand is expanding rapidly and as such so is their technological skills gap, which is why they are looking to bring over 100 people to fill 100 tech jobs in Wellington.

WREDA chief executive Chris Whelan says employers in Wellington are crying out for mid to senior-level tech staff.

“There’s a distinctive creative spirit in Wellington that’s fuelling incredible innovation in everything from film technology to software. But capitalising on the momentum depends on having enough top IT talent to meet demand. LookSee Wellington is about being proactive in meeting that challenge head-on,” said Whelan.

Winners can expect four days of pre-arranged job interviews, meet-ups and exploration, with all flights and accommodation paid for.

To be in with a chance of winning, you must first register your interest and create a profile with LookSee Wellington. Registered candidates will then be visible to Wellington employers who will nominate their chosen candidates. The candidates with the highest nominations will be selected to fly to Wellington and discover their potential job opportunities.

The list of available positions is extensive and includes roles such as Solutions Architect, DevOps Engineer, Business Analyst, Security Consultant, Integration Specialist, Digital Strategist and Creative Director.

The companies looking for tech talent too are varied and range from digital agencies to bespoke technology innovators including the likes of Xero, Weta Digital, ShowGizmo, Totara and Springload.

Xero chief executive Rod Drury says the company is doing world-class work in Wellington alongside its shift to the Amazon Web Services platform, which allows developers to really delve into rewarding and challenging work in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“Living in Wellington affords people the opportunity to have a gratifying career that's right up there globally, and enjoy an awesome lifestyle at the same time.” said Drury.

As not only does Wellington have a booming tech industry, it also encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills.

Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.

For more information and to register for your chance to win visit the LookSee Wellington website.  

Feb 24, 2017