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NZTech Update – Cyber security takes centre stage

Hi Readers

Cyber security was top of mind at Connect Smart Week, led by the Government’s National Cyber Policy Office and launched last Monday by Communications Minister Amy Adams. This year, the focus was on cyber security in the workplace, engaging New Zealand employers in educating their staff, and providing tools and courses to help employees stay safe online.

Colmar Brunton released research showing that only 17% of those surveyed had received cyber security awareness training from their employer. Not knowing what steps to take was identified as the biggest barrier for those who do not proactively manage their cyber security.

Continuing the cyber security theme, NZTech starts the week in Wellington, hosting the 2016 NZTech Advance Security Summit at Te Papa. This event brings together industry, government, academics and experts to understand recent developments in the cyber security space, and look at possible future initiatives.

Enjoy your week
Mandy Simpson, NZX
NZTech Board Member





Meet NZTech’s newest board member, Robett Hollis. Join Robett on 11 November at the entrepreneurs festival The Leap in Auckland.

Did you know that by 2018, over 50% of developer teams will embed cognitive services in their apps (vs 1% today!). Tech Futures Lab is hosting Cognitive Business – A Thinking Business on 26 October in Auckland.

Register now for the 2016 HiNZ conference in Auckland, 31 October to 3 November. Over 220 speakers from 14 countries, featuring the latest in health informatics, telehealth and eHealth.


Callaghan Innovation hosts Dr Chris Hartshorn in a regional tour from 2 November to 5 December, Succeed in a changing world. Learn about global changes and how businesses can thrive by taking advantage of them.

The Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator has been launched to grow kiwi early stage digital start-ups. The accelerator programme commences in February 2017 and applications are now open.

On 20 October in Wellington, Minister Joyce will celebrate the launch of Google New Zealand’s sponsored magazine, Careers with Code, delivered to every high school student nationwide. To attend the Wellington launch, please RSVP.


Congratulations to the finalists at the New Zealand Spatial Awards. Winners to be announced at a gala dinner on 16 November in Wellington.

Want to know how to seriously protect your IP? Attend Intellectual Property for Dream-ups and Start-ups in Wellington on 25 October for expert insight.

A couple of cool kiwi kids have launched their own You Tube channel, TubeTorials to help teachers learn how to design and create using Scratch and TinkerCad so they can then teach it at school.

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