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Last week at #uLearn16, the largest teacher development conference in New Zealand, I challenged Kiwi teachers to consider the world their students will enter when they leave school. It was a fantastic event, huge, with thousands of teachers. I reiterated across multiple presentations that our kids must be creators, not simply users of tech, that digital technologies and coding will be critical skills for almost all jobs, not just in the tech sector. I managed to squeeze in seven media interviews including quite a long chat on RadioNZ about how tech is fast changing and why we must evolve the education system now, before it is too late. The teachers at uLearn were already interested in change and how to do the best for their students. Reaching the remaining 30,000 will be a challenge but you can help. Whenever the opportunity presents, make sure you express how important this is for New Zealand. Tell a teacher, tell a parent or tell the media. The more noise the better.
This week, I will be in Wellington, for a day long workshop with MBIE on their Digital Economy work programmes and back again on Thursday to host our quarterly catch up with the technology strategy leads from the many regional economic development agencies. The focus of this meeting is collaborating on the delivery of a nationally coordinated Techweek next May. I can’t wait to share more about Techweek in the coming weeks as it comes together.
Have a great week
All the best
NZTech’s government and member relations director Andrea Hancox says New Zealand needs to protect its economy by bringing cyber security to the forefront business. Join her next week at the NZTech Advance Security Summit.
First business start up programme for migrants launched, starting 2 November. Massey’s ecentre and Ntec Tertiary Group have joined forces to help entrepreneurs develop their first business in New Zealand.
Want to lift your sales and marketing performance? Join us at the Market Measures report presentation, benchmarking local tech companies. 14 October in Wellington.
Due to significant interest, the R9 Accelerator 3+ Rev Up event in Wellington has been rescheduled from October as previously announced to the new date of 18-20 November.
NZTech member Neil Movold of InsightNG is hosting a session on developing a cognitive business in Auckland on 26 October. Self-learning systems, amplifying knowledge and re-imagining workflows to accelerate growth, sustainability and more.
Massey’s free lunch and learn series for entrepreneurs continues this month with Social Media Strategy – how to successfully engage and generate sales, on 18 October in Auckland.
Congratulations to Christchurch based ARANZ Medical, global award winners last week in Brasilia! Meanwhile, $2m is available in the third round of Unlocking Curious Minds. Applications close 10 November.
First there was Peter Beck, then there was… the 2016 NZ Rocketry Challenge for year 7 and 8 students to design, build launch and recover their own rockets. Finals to be held on 12 November at Ambury Park in Auckland.