We’ve always been a big supporter of tech and startup community events at home in New Zealand, but our involvement with Bali Startup Weekend was the biggest thrill yet.
Bali has been a magnet for creative people for many years and is also the jewel in Indonesia’s tourism crown, with almost 4 million visitors annually. But the island faces some pressing sustainability issues that are yet to be fully addressed in the headlong rush to embrace the surge in visitor numbers. Diversifying the economy and caring for the environment is not exactly front of mind with administrators at present, but others are already thinking about it.
The island is home to numerous ex-pats, many of whom have started businesses providing employment opportunities outside of tourism. Steve Munro transplanted his family from Canada to Ubud, Bali a few years back and established Hubud, widely recognised as the coolest co-working space in Indonesia. The venue attracts entrepreneurs from all around the globe who come to tropical Bali to work remotely on their startups.
Hubud was the venue for Bali Startup Weekend 2016, a special weekend with a social innovation theme. We sponsored the event in previous years and had no hesitation doing so again when the call came. The organisers also extended a special honour through an invitation to take a seat on the judging panel this time around. It was an amazing event and I found it especially rewarding to see local Balinese working side by side with a literal United Nations of devs, designers and business aspirants.
Our support for Startup Weekend continues, with the inaugural Kapiti Startup Weekend July 22-24. In fact we are offering two free tickets to the event for developers or designers. Simply share this blog article on your Twitter feed, mention @iwantmyname and go in the draw.