Hack Tairāwhiti has brought the country's best tech talent to Gisborne this weekend to develop Māori ideas using technology.

Businesses that specialise in products from seafood to tech and veggie crops will present challenges to the participants to come up with solutions at Hack Tairawhiti.

NZTE’s Barry Soutar says participants and problem solvers are designers, developers, creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

“Kia whakapakari i ngā kamupene tētahi raruraru, tētahi hiahia i roto i taua kamupene hei hokohoko ki rāwāhi.”

Grant Straker, of Straker Translations is one of the judges. His language translation company is worldwide. He says he wants to develop an idea that makes te reo Māori a living language in this country.

“One of the dreams I've had is how do we actually solve that problem and how do we ensure that it does live. I have an idea about that: we can use technology and society to do that.”

The participants have 48 hours to solve the problem and developers are keen to test their skills to come up with productive solutions.

The competition started yesterday and the winning concept will be known on Sunday and could potentially be something that can be taken to the world markets.

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