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NZTech Update – Future leaders, Canterbury growth and how to win in 2017

Hi Readers

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.

Along with our Chair, Mitchell Pham, we attended the Canterbury Tech AGM and Quiz Night in Christchurch, engaging with more vibrant kiwi tech leaders. The NZTech Alliance with Canterbury Tech continues to grow and expand with NZTech providing greater advocacy and connectedness on a national basis. There is great support from the Canterbury Tech Sector for Techweek’17 and we are really looking forward to this showcase of innovation. Read more about sustaining and accelerating the Canterbury tech sector growth.

Andrea Hancox
Member and Government Relations

Government Summit – Feb 17

Seeking Submissions

Entries Now Open!


Please join us and fellow NZTech members to celebrate 2016 at our Christmas drinks in Auckland on Tuesday 13 December. Connect, network and toast the year that was. Register here.

Last week, Hon Steven Joyce opened the inaugural entrepreneur showcase for Mahuki, Te Papa’s innovation lab. A sensational finale to the lab’s first culture sector accelerator.

Learn cryptocurrency basics at the Blockchain Association’s Nav Coin conference on 14 December in Auckland. First 50 people through the door receive 500 Nav Coins to spend at the bar!


Another R9 Accelerator success story; client authorities automation firm 2Shakes launches, making it easy to set up client authorities with government. Don’t forget new dates for the R9 Rev Up, 28-29 January in Wellington.

Applications for the EHF and the Global Impact Visa open in early 2017. Until then, please express your interest here. Considering a Master Degree in Technological Futures? Learn more at Tech Futures Lab’s Open Lab tomorrow in Auckland.

N4L has now completed rollout of the Managed Network to over 2400 schools. Hon Hekia Parata acknowledged the success of the project, which is accessible to every student and teacher throughout New Zealand.


The NZ tech story development is underway supported by new research by the NZ Story team. Read more here. Meanwhile, Tech Week ’17 has announced several key events.

At the December meeting, the tech sector and the Department of Internal Affairs GCIO office, committed to work together better. There is commitment for a better 2017 with a greater level of communication from the GCIO. Read NZTech’s meeting summary here.

Entries are now open for the 2017 NZ Hi-Tech Awards. We also have the lowdown on how to win yourself an award with do’s and don’ts from the judging panel. Entries close 6 March. Winners announced during TechWeek’17.

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