Thank you for all your great suggestions about how to fit in my daily run while in transit through Singapore. I opted for a slow jog to the departure gate and according to my GPS running app it was 1.8km. The next day, I got my run in around the vibrant streets of Kathmandu which was devastated by a 7.8 earthquake in 2015, killing almost 10,000 people and leaving 3.5 million homeless. Like Christchurch and Kaikoura, the resilience of this city is clearly visible, but unlike New Zealand, people continue to live and work in crumbling buildings.
During the Christmas holidays, it sounded like a great idea when a group of my friends all decided to do a run, for at least 10 minutes, every day for 100 days. How hard can it be, I thought? 10 minutes is just a jaunt down the road to the dairy and back. The funny thing about committing out loud to a bunch of people and tracking our daily progress, is that even though it is hard to keep it up, it is still exhilarating. So, tomorrow morning I need to complete run number 44 at 5am so I can fit it in before the NZTech Government and Technology Summit. Crazy, I know.
Last year, I joined the board of NZTech alongside my role at Oracle. As part of our drive to create a prosperous New Zealand underpinned by a vibrant technology industry we have a passionate team #NZTechWomen, dedicated to inspiring women into the sector. It is vital that we promote technology as a worthwhile and exciting career option for the next generation of women. We need to breakdown any stereotypes and preconceptions young girls may have about the tech industry.
The NZTech team had another busy week with FinTechNZ launch events in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. The ability to support the development of a new tech association and help it reach critical mass quickly is thanks to the collaboration between the NZTech Board and a Core Working Group of FinTechNZ representatives. This is being driven with passion by our Chair, Mitchell Pham. Within a month of launching, FinTechNZ will be hosting its first international engagement, a FinTech business delegation from UK and Australia visiting Auckland. Minister Dean was present for the Wellington launch and congratulated NZTech and other industry leaders for their foresight. NZTech continues to grow our wider alliance of technology-related associations and with the launch of FinTechNZ, now numbers 12. If you are a current member of NZTech and wish to become a member of FinTechNZ we have arranged a heavy discount on your behalf. Contact me for further information.
Don’t you love these summertime four day weeks? Despite a few short weeks, plenty has been happening. Last Wednesday, I attended the New Zealand Pinot Noir Gala Dinner with NZTech member Wine-Searcher.com, the world’s leading wine pricing database and searching site. Yet, another cool tech success story from New Zealand. The keynote speaker was 23 year old Liam Malone, double gold medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, taking the world record from Oscar Pistorius. Liam is an impressive young Kiwi athlete who used technology to his advantage; “I wasn’t necessarily the strongest, but I was the smartest and got the most from my technology” he said.
Happy New Year! I trust you have enjoyed a well deserved rest and recharged your batteries for the year ahead. I have been back from holiday for one week and already the NZTech team has a “to do” list as long as my arm! In 2017, our major projects include the;
How exciting, only a few more days until a well earned rest. Last week, I was preparing a note for an organisation considering joining NZTech, when I realised just how much we have accomplished recently. That’s when it occurred to me we should share this with everyone! It has been a big year and we have accomplished great work with the support of our members. NZTech is completely funded by memberships, so I sincerely encourage you and your organisation to join the NZTech family. Without the support of paying members, none of this would have happened.
Last week, in Wellington, we attended NZTech’s end of year drinks and celebrated the launch of FLINT (Future Leaders in Technology). These young people were inspiring, energetic, keen to network and will ultimately be future leaders of New Zealand’s technology sector. I was impressed with the 50/50 gender split as many IT events are male orientated, which is not surprising given that women make up only 23% of those employed in IT occupations. Next year, I encourage you to be more involved and support NZTech’s initiatives NZTech Women, Shadow Tech Day and nominate women for awards like the 2017 NZ Hi Tech Awards.