It’s been a little over 4 months, with 10 teams, countless guests and speakers… and now it’s time to put on a show! #MahukiNZ
Mahuki 2016 came to a close in the spot that it started – on Te Marae.
One of the advantages of working on a programme at Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum, was that we had access to a great venue for the event. A ‘marae’ is the traditional Maori communal meeting place, so it was fitting that we came together as a community to support the teams in their final presentations there.
For probably close to the past three weeks, I’ve been helping to put together the Mahuki Showcase – the evening where all of the participating teams will present their progress to a room filled with around 200 esteemed guests from the ‘GLAM’ sector, potential investors, and team advisors.
In a similar fashion to the R9 Demo Day earlier in the year, I don’t want to peel back the curtain too far – but again there were a couple of occasions that I was concerned that it wouldn’t pull together in time…
On the evening, my responsibility was to work with the Te Papa AV technicians to make sure that the sound for presentations was synced correctly, and provide a backup in case any of the presentations crashed – or teams required a slide change (and had missed their cue).
All in all, it was a great evening
…with introductions from Minister Stephen Joyce, Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis, and General Manager of Mahuki Tui Te Hau.
Thankfully, all of the guests experienced a smooth flowing evening – and the feedback we received was great… Not to mention that – despite John Key, the NZ Prime Minister, announced his resignation earlier in the day – #MahukiNZ ended up trending (higher) on Twitter!
We had the brilliant Te Arikirangi as our MC for the evening, keeping the tone light and the teams running smoothly. He had the important role of introducing each of the teams before they took to the stage. And the teams did an amazing job – showing their hard work over the past four months!
Check out how all of the teams did, and the ideas they had been working on below.
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