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NZTech Update – NZTech strategy, advocacy and Digital Skills Forum

Hi Readers

Last week, at the annual NZTech strategy day, the NZTech Board confirmed the continuation of the NZTech Strategy which is to connect tech firms and communities so that we can build scale, ensuring technology has a strong voice in New Zealand. With this growing voice we aim to promote the importance of technology and the tech sector, and how New Zealand is a leading digital nation. Our advocacy work underpins this, focussing on helping the economy and tech sector grow.

Every week, NZTech continues to grow as new members join. In alliance with other tech communities, we now represent over 400 organisations who employ over 60,000 people. With a growing voice, the media begins to add a multiplier, such as the TV news coverage at last week’s NZTech Security Summit.

This week, the Digital Skills Forum meeting in Wellington will continue to focus the efforts of the industry and the government on actions to reduce the growing tech skills shortages. While in Wellington, work will begin on producing an update to the Digital Nation report, which along with the recently released TIN100 report continues to drive home the message of the tech sector being a critical growth engine for New Zealand’s future.

Have an excellent week.
All the best



Only 3 weeks till SingularityUNZ


Join the next Canterbury Tech Cluster event on 1 November. Also in Christchurch this week catch Will Palmer from Movio at a SparkLab presentation.

Attend the NZSA’s networking event on 8 November in Auckland. This month, hear from Movio, shaping the future of movie marketing.

Register now for the 16 November Refactor event in Auckland featuring Anna Curzon, Jessica Venning-Bryan, Emily Melhuish and Lisa Miles-Heal.


Register for Savvykiwi’s Finnotec 2016, 10 November in Auckland. Limited tickets are available at 25% discount, use the NZTech promo code: skfinNZT.

The 50th annual NZ International Business Awards finalists have been announced and half are tech firms. Join the celebrations on 24 November in Auckland. NZTE’s David Downs says the “3rd leg of the stool” is well and truly here.

Read the latest Market Measures report, uncovering the mechanics of scaling kiwi tech companies. Save $490 and access the report for free! Use the NZTech promo code: MMTI.


NZTech’s Graeme Muller has been elected to the WITSA board. WITSA is the global voice of IT and has members from over 80 countries.

SingularityUNZ’s Kaila Colbin sat down with Newshub’s Paul Henry to discuss exponential tech. Paul: “Should we be super-excited or super-frightened?” Kaila: “Yes.”

What will a secure New Zealand look like in five years? Attend the Privacy, Security and Trust Industry Summit Day and Conference from 12-14 December in Auckland to learn more.

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