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NZTech UPDATE – Diversity, political debate and our digital future

Chantal Thomas
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In recent months, I have become very conscious of the gendered language I use, in particular, ‘hey guys’ or ‘thanks guys, great meeting’. My six year old daughter constantly mirrors this language and every time I hear her say ‘hey guys’ it gives me that fingernails down the blackboard feeling! The word ‘guys’ can make women feel left out, yet most of us are conditioned to default to this kind of language. On a daily basis, often without even realising, we are using gendered language and as a result, inherent gender bias.

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NZTech Update – What IoT means for the kiwi economy!

Chantal Thomas
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Not surprisingly, I received plenty of feedback from last week’s ‘rant‘. It has helped create a robust national discussion on whether or not there is a skills shortage and thankfully more responses to the Digital Skills Survey. We now have 72 responses from companies, however we need at least another 100 to be able to help influence policy decisions on digital education, immigration and investment in skills development. So, if your firm hasn’t responded please take 20 minutes this week to provide your valuable input here.

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NZTech Update – Warning: CEO’s gripe of the week!

Chantal Thomas
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I don’t want to start your week with a gripe, but I am incredibly frustrated and I feel like sharing it with someone! I keep hearing from tech firms in New Zealand that there is a real shortage of talent, that they have so many open roles and struggle to fill them. I keep hearing that someone needs to fix this. However, I am beginning to get the feeling that the issue might not be as big as everyone is making out…

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NZTech Update – Coworking, startups and social platforms

Jackie Clark
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ALERT – Please make sure your company responds to the New Zealand Tech Skills Demand Survey. We need to know your needs if we are to help solve your skills and talent shortages!

Kia Ora Readers

After joining the NZTech board last year, a big focus of mine has been working closer within the New Zealand tech startup space to identify and support the gaps however I can.

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NZTech Update – Coworking, startups and social platforms

Chantal Thomas
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ALERT – Please make sure your company responds to the New Zealand Tech Skills Demand Survey. We need to know your needs if we are to help solve your skills and talent shortages!

Kia Ora Readers

After joining the NZTech board last year, a big focus of mine has been working closer within the New Zealand tech startup space to identify and support the gaps however I can.

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NZTech Update – Community connections, research and events

Jackie Clark
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A few years ago, after having three knee surgeries, I discovered the gym. What I love about my gym is how it fosters a strong community, inclusive of everyone’s strengths and abilities. It nurtures its community and doesn’t leave anyone behind. It reminds us that we are the same, that we are all on the same journey and regardless of our individual ability we all deserve the same respect.

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NZTech Update – Board nominations, AI and ShadowTech

Jackie Clark
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I hope you had an enjoyable long weekend. I visited my parents new home in Tauranga and we even got some beach time. When I fired up the phone to head home on Sunday morning Google maps knew from my calendar that I had to be home by 3pm for a delivery, it knew I was in Tauranga and that given the traffic I would need to leave just before 12. Was that a low level AI experience? It probably wasn’t, but you can be sure that as the ability for computers to learn from every interaction continues to develop at breakneck speed there will be plenty of AI moments. It is because of the speed of AI development, the potential impacts, both positive and negative, that NZTech is supporting the launch of the AI Forum of New Zealand. Tomorrow evening in Wellington, Minister Goldsmith will launch the Forum, an independent, not-for-profit organisation bringing together industry, academia and government to work together on ensuring New Zealand is ready for AI.

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NZTech Update – Tech Manifesto, a digital future and prosperity

Jackie Clark
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Earlier this month when visiting Japan with the Prime Minister’s business delegation, I was proud to see how well respected we are as a nation. I travelled with Zespri, ANZCO and Fonterra among others who all sell hundreds of millions of dollars of product into Japan each year. While these mainstays of our economy all use some degree of technology to maintain global competitiveness, as a nation, we are not known for technology itself. NZ Story research in Japan has found that New Zealand is known as a rugby playing nation that produces commodity food products and is a pleasant tourist destination. Tell them we have hi-tech companies and there is immediate disbelief. Tell them we just sent a rocket to space and they are incredulous. However, show them some cool agritech and it is suddenly more believable that New Zealand can do hi-tech. In most places around the world, the feedback is similar.

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NZTech Update – Global relevance, innovation and creating connections

Jackie Clark
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Techweek’17 is now over and I wish I could hit the replay button. I made it to just 22 events in four cities of the 287 events taking place across 24 centres around the country.

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NZTech Update – EdTech, ShadowTech and Hi-Tech winners

Jackie Clark
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Taken at face value, language can sometimes be misleading. When my eldest child came home from his first days at intermediate school to announce he was going to study ‘technology’, I admit I was pretty excited. Tell me more, I asked. I was informed technology has two options – soft and hard. Awesome! Is that soft as in ‘software’ and hard as in ‘hardware’, I wondered, only to have my excitement quickly dashed. Silly Daddy! Soft and hard refer to the materials used to make things, like fabric and wood. Well at least the boys are doing needlework and the girls explore woodwork, I conceded, with some resignation. That’s more of an opportunity than my sisters received.

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