The Auckland IT Cluster is celebrating its first anniversary by holding ITXposed, a trade show, on November 8.
ITXposed takes place at the North Harbour Stadium and is the culmination of the work of the cluster, formed approximately a year ago by president Brenda Ward and other Auckland IT company members.
"We started with eight members and now we've got 84," says Ward.
With growth like that, a trade show was timely, she says.
"The whole concept of a cluster is about small businesses getting together to promote themselves and get information.
"A trade show gives the opportunity to do that."
ITXposed runs from 10am to 4pm and as well as the exhibitors, there will be a stream of seminars and a stream of training, taking place concurrently in different rooms at the show.
Speakers include QBE Insurance and Marsh and McLennan, which will talk about the responsibilities of IT contractors doing work for organisations and Anuva and No Doubt, which will speak on knowledge management.
The training stream will feature tuition in Microsoft Outlook, business package MYOB and other applications.
The show is free and open to the public, so there's no need to register if you're planning to attend.
Exhibitors interested in a display at ITXposed should contact Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the show, there'll be a chance to unwind and have some fun at the ITXposed industry ball, a black tie event with a buffet dinner, band, dancing and, from 10.30, a chance to catch the Rugby World Cup on a large screen TV.
Ward says there will definitely be "no speeches" at the ball.
"It's about having fun."
The Auckland IT Cluster meets every month and recent presentations at meetings include a primer on tendering for government contracts.
Exporting is also an area of interest and the cluster is working towards sending a trade delegation to Asia early next year, Ward says.