March 19, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

New Zealand’s capital city has recently been named the country’s most creative city for the 20th straight year by Infometrics Creativity Index as well as being called out by Cognizant as one of 21 places of the future.

Amongst other things, Cognizant flagged the city’s “booming start-up scene propelled by an innovative approach to smart cities, grids and green infrastructure”.

WellingtonNZ General Manager David Perks says the recognition and praise heaped on Wellington by Cognizant reflects reality and points to a prosperous future.

“Wellington has a booming screen and gaming sector, a strong start up culture, eager entrepreneurs and angel investors and a world-leading attitude of business collaboration. At the heart of all this success is Wellington’s special breed of creativity.

“This culture of creativity presents an opportunity for event organisers who can tap into Wellington’s roster of innovation talent as speakers at conferences and associated events.”

Wellington’s innovation-centred organisations are also actively pursuing event bids.

Staff at Victoria University’s Computational Media Innovation Centre (CMIC), which specialises in virtual and augmented reality, film and video, rendering, animation, special effects and gaming technologies, have already secured several conferences for the city including the Pacific Graphics 2020 and 2021 and the ACM Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces in 2022.