We sponsor events and awards in New Zealand that align with our goal of an open Internet for all of New Zealand.

Sponsorship decisions are made by the InternetNZ staff who sit on the Sponsorship Committee. We distribute $50,000 annually, approved by our Chief Executive. We consider sponsorship applications every two months, according to our sponsorship process guide.

Applications are assessed on their fit with InternetNZ’s Mission, the likelihood of success and their potential for community impact for the sector.

Our annual sponsorship funding has already been allocated to great events this year. Applications will open again in 2019.  Check in then.

Current sponsorships:

The New Zealand Game Developer Conference

The New Zealand Game Developer Conference is the largest professional games focused conference in New Zealand. First hosted in 2004, NZGDC has been a yearly event since 2012. The conference will span over three days, with one day exclusively dedicated to professional development workshops, and a number of events surrounding the conference aimed at supporting and growing our industry. 

Date: 1 - 3 August 2018

Venue: SKYCITY Convention Centre, Auckland


APAN46 - Asia Pacific Advanced Network

APAN46 is the biennial meeting that brings together the researchers, scientists and university CIOs from across the Asia/Pac region. 

Date: 5 - 9 August 2018

Venue: Auckland


IEEE New Zealand Wireless Workshop

The IEEE New Zealand Wireless Workshop is a premier annual event that brings together industry professionals, engineers, researchers, academics, students, start-ups and policymakers to discuss technologies and issues of interest to the wireless community in New Zealand. The day consists of a series of presentations from participants, with ample opportunity for informal discussions and networking.

Date: 7 September 2018

Venue: Auckland


New Zealand Open Source Awards

The Open Source Awards provides a chance to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work done with free and open source software and the artistic, scientific and social outcomes it delivers in New Zealand. The awards in 2018 will look at the successes over the last two years.

Date: 23 October 2018

Venue: Christchurch


The Great Southern Unconference

The Great Southern Unconference (GSUC) is an event that aims to promote the interconnectedness of science, technology, arts, humanities and social sciences. It uses a proven 'unconference' format in which there's no set agenda—the plan for the weekend is determined on the first evening. The GSUC works on an invite-only basis but is free for invitees to attend. We’re inviting people from business, politics, the humanities, creative arts, education, local government, academia and the whole community to collaborate.

Date: 26 - 28 October 2018

Venue: Christchurch


Past sponsorship recipients:


Amount awarded

Event/Award name

Victoria University of Wellington $750 InternetNZ COML 307 Prize
UX Homegrown  $2,000 UX Homegrown
IT Professionals $20,000 ITx2018 Conference and Excellence in IT Awards
TUANZ $4,000 Rural Connectivity Symposium 2018
#SheCanCode $3,000 #SheCanCode
Innovatek Ltd. $3,900 MobileTECH 2018
National Digital Forum $5,000 National Digital Forum
This is Fine Limited  $8,500 BSides Wellington
Swamp Chicken Cyber Industries Limited $3,500 CHCon (Christchurch Hacker Con)
UX New Zealand $3,000 UX New Zealand 
Canterbury Software Inc. $6,000 Canterbury Tech Summit
Massey University $3,000 Wi-Finding Workshop
University of Waikato $4,000 Cyber Security Summit
GovHack NZ $5,000  GovHack NZ
TUANZ $4,000 2017 Rural Connectivity Symposium
MobileTECH $2,700 MobileTECH 2017
PROJECTR  $4,000 Mixed Reality Hackathon
Kiwi Foo  $5,000 KiwiFoo
net2welly  $1,000 Net2Welly unconference
Unitec  $5,000 The PST2016 International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust (PST)
Netsafe   Confronting online harm together
National Digital Forum  $3,225 National Digital Forum
The New Zealand Python User Group
 $1000 Kiwi PyCon 2016

GovHack New Zealand


GovHack New Zealand

Cyber Security Lab, University of Waikato


New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge 2016



Gather 2016

Whanganui District Council


Whanganui Daring to be Digital


$3,500 Rural Connectivity Symposium
DEANZ $500

Distance Education Association of New Zealand Conference 2016

MobileTECH 2016


MobileTECH 2016


$5,000 Kiwi Foo Camp
World Summit Awards $5,000

World Summit Awards

Donald Matheson

$5,000 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2015 
AUT $1,500

The New Zealand Discourse Conference

iSANZ Awards


iSANZ Awards

GitHub Inc


Rails Girls Auckland Conference



linux.com.au Conference 2015

Girl Geek Dinner


Girl Geek Dinner Auckland

Gather Conference


Gather Conference Auckland - Silver sponsorship

National Digital Forum


National Digital Forum



GLIF Conference

Institute of IT Professionals


ICT Connect

If you would like more information about sponsorship for financial years prior to 2014, please email gertrud@internetnz.net.nz