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Kia ora, welcome to Southern SaaS 2021

What is Southern SaaS?

An annual event in its fourth year, Southern SaaS brings together movers and shakers of New Zealand’s thriving SaaS industry to connect, inspire, and upskill. Southern SaaS 2021 is an interactive event to bring together SaaS business founders, leaders, and executive teams for two days of expert speakers, useful workshops, and valuable industry networking.

Southern SaaS 2021 is a hybrid event, and we’ve created registration options to attend both in-person at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, or online for those who are unable to attend physically.

Who should attend?

Is your software business the next game-changer? Do you need help scaling up your business for global growth? Are you knee-deep capital raising? Do you want to connect with ambitious SaaS founders and like-minded investors? Southern SaaS is for you!

Check out highlights and key insights from Southern SaaS 2020 here.

“A wide variety of useful content, largely from credible practitioners. Online format was a good thing from my perspective, making the perceived burden/opportunity cost smaller while allowing a wider variety of options of session.”
“For future events I’d like to see more of the same, leveraging what has already been done in the NZ market to build upon.”
“This is the best and most relevant business focused event I have been to. The speakers on day 1 were inspirational, interesting and relevant. The sessions on day 2 were awesome - some of these could probably go on longer. Good opportunity for networking. I was really pleased that I bought my ticket!"

Feedback captured from attendees as part of the SaaS Southern 2019/20 post event survey.

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Speakers

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Days

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Workshops

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Sessions

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Programme

Day One, Wednesday 25 August, includes a mix of keynote and inspirational speakers, topped off with the highly popular evening networking event.

Day Two, Thursday 26 August, we’ll dive deeper into some awesome practical tools and lessons with interactive skill-based workshops. We’re excited to have bookable 1:1 sessions, offering valuable opportunities to upskill and connect, back this year too.

Speakers

Speakers

Learn from market leaders and start writing your own success story.
We're excited to announce the line-up of confirmed speakers for Southern SaaS 2021.

This year, you'll be hearing from:

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Registration

We’re delighted to be delivering Southern SaaS 2021 as a hybrid event, and we’ve created registration options to attend both in-person at the Aotea Centre, Auckland, or online for those who are unable to attend physically. Check out the registration options and inclusions below.

We’re really looking forward to bringing people together again for this year’s event and hope to inspire you with stories of Kiwi SaaS success.

In Person

$690

excl GST

The in-person option is packed with opportunities, including:

  • Attendance at the day one ‘main stage’ presentations
  • Opportunity to select up to six interactive day two workshops
  • Secure a 1:1 appointment with selected community partners
  • Access to the Southern SaaS app from which you’ll be able to engage in Q&As, rate sessions, and connect with in-person and virtual attendees as well as partners. The app will also give you access to presentations and accompanying handouts such as canvases, templates, or useful documents
  • Networking opportunities, including the day one evening connector event, and wrap reception on day two
  • Catering across the two days
  • Access to all recorded session content

Virtual

$450

excl GST

For those needing to attend remotely, the Southern SaaS virtual option offers:

  • Remote access to all day one ‘main stage’ presentations
  • Opportunity to virtually attend selected day two workshops
  • Secure a virtual 1:1 appointment with selected community partners
  • Access to the Southern SaaS app from which you’ll be able to engage in Q&A, rate sessions, connect with in-person and virtual attendees as well as partners. The app will also give you access to presentations and handouts
  • Access to day one and two live-stream session content

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Partners

Southern SaaS 2021 would not be possible without the support of our generous community partners who help us deliver this valuable industry event.

Thank you to our technical partner

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FAQs

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page - here you’ll find the answers to questions regarding Southern SaaS 2021.
If there’s a question you can’t find the answer to, drop us an email.

You can also find our full event terms and conditions here.

As a hybrid event there are two registration options, in-person at a cost of $690 + GST and virtual at a cost of $450 + GST.
Details on the two attendance options, along with what’s included, can be found on the registration site here.

Registrations for both in-person and virtual registrations will be open from 10am on Wednesday 23 June, and close at 5pm on Friday 20 August, unless sold out prior.

After registering you will receive an email confirmation in the inbox of the email address you’ve provided. Please keep this confirmation email handy in case you want to make any changes to your registration prior to the event.

No refunds will be available, however substitute attendees are welcome, you just need to advise organisers of the name change. Please note, ‘no shows’ are non-refundable and are liable for the full registration fee.

Southern SaaS 2021 will be held at the Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland.

The organisers of Southern SaaS are committed to delivering a COVID-safe event. We’re following all Government guidelines and working closely with our event suppliers to help prevent any resurgence of COVID-19.

The following COVID-safe provisions have been implemented at Alert Level 1. We ask for your help in making Southern SaaS 2021 a COVID-safe event through these simple but effective measures:

Virtual attendance
Join the event remotely if feeling unwell, or alert levels change.

COVID-19 contact tracing
Track your movements by turning on bluetooth tracing and using the NZ COVID tracer app. QR codes will be placed throughout the venue.

Hygiene practices
Once onsite at the event, please regularly wash your hands and use the hand sanitiser provided. Stay home if you feel unwell.

If COVID-19 Alert Levels change to Level 2 or higher we'll contact you ASAP outlining our level-specific plan and the options available to you. This includes options for those coming from regions outside Auckland with COVID restrictions. We have contingencies in place to ensure the event can proceed at COVID-19 Alert Levels 1-3.

If you are unable to attend in-person due to COVID-19 we will discuss your options.

Please note, the event will not proceed in-person if Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or above, and Southern SaaS will be delivered as a fully virtual event. If you’ve purchased an in-person ticket, we will refund you the difference to match the $450 + GST virtual ticket price.

Attendees are responsible for any transport and accommodation costs that arise from COVID-19 level change.

Unfortunately not, so we recommend booking your travel early. There are hotel options close to the Aotea Centre, however we note there may be limited capacity as some are MIQ facilities. A full list of Auckland MIQ facilities can be found here.

For those who have purchased a virtual registration, we’ll be in touch with more details closer to the event, however remote access will be available through the Southern SaaS virtual lobby within the event app.

Approved session content will be made available post event. However, Southern SaaS is best experienced in person or in real-time if you’re attending virtually. So much of the value of Southern SaaS comes from networking and your interactions with speakers, partners and other attendees.

We’ll provide morning and afternoon teas, plus lunch across day one and two. Those attending the networking events will also be provided with light refreshments.

We will soon be launching the Southern SaaS event app. By downloading you will be able to connect directly with other attendees and event partners, ask questions of our speakers, and keep up to date on the day with event notifications. Details will be shared with registered attendees closer to the event.

Bookable 15-minute 1:1 appointments are available with selected partners and presenters on day two of Southern SaaS, Thursday 26 August. Appointments can be booked via the registration form. If you’ve already registered, and forgot to select an appointment, you can modify your registration and select an appointment at any time prior to Friday 20 August.

Definitely yourself! We ask that you’re present and engaged throughout Southern SaaS 2021. A device is recommended so you can connect to the event app and participate in Q&A sessions, voting and share your experience on social media using the hashtag #SouthernSaaS2021. Business casual is the recommended attire.

Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s Innovation Agency, manages and delivers the event with the help of our generous Kiwi SaaS community partners and Southern SaaS supporters. You can find out more about Callaghan Innovation here.

In partnership with NZTE, Callaghan Innovation is supporting and developing a world-class community of SaaS company founders and leaders right here in New Zealand.

Kiwi SaaS events provide invaluable networking opportunities, practical skills, advice, and support to enable our SaaS entrepreneurs to scale and succeed on the world stage.

Visit kiwisaas.com for more details and to sign up for our Kiwi SaaS updates.

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Testimonials

What people say about us

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REBECCA SMITH CEO
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