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NZTech Update – NZTech is amped-up for 2017!

Hi Readers

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;

Launch of FinTechNZ in February
Launch of IoT Alliance in March
Launch of Artificial Intelligence Forum
Nationwide launch of Techweek’17 in May
Extension of Shadow Tech Day from 3 to 6 cities
Extension of the NZTech Alliance from 12 to 15 core tech associations
Survey of New Zealand’s Digital Skills Requirements
Survey of the Costs of Government Procurement Processes
Publication of a 2017 update to the Digital Nation report
Publication of detailed research into impact of IoT for NZ
Publication of detailed research into impact of AI for NZ
Publication of a report on Forecast Skills Needs
Publication of a briefing paper on Accelerating uptake of Digital Tech in Schools
Planning for FinTech and EdTech delegations
2nd NZTech Government and Technology Summit in February
2nd NZTech Education and Technology Summit in June
3rd NZTech Cyber Security Summit in October
Briefings with the various Ministers and agencies
Policy preparation for upcoming election
and over 50 member events across multiple cities and topics.

Yikes, this makes me tired just writing it all down! But, I’m really excited about working with you and other NZTech members to continue to make a positive impact for New Zealand. We are geared up and ready to power into the new year.

Have a great week
All the best





Join us at Canterbury Tech on 7 February and hear NZTech Chair Mitchell Pham discuss setting up remote teams or ICT in Vietnam. Also, connected product design for innovators with Brush Technology.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with NZTech Women in Wellington on 8 March. BNZ’s Lana West will discuss how to drive change toward gender parity. Save the date for the next NZTech Women Lunch in Auckland, 22 February. Registrations open soon.

NZSA’s first networking dinner for 2017 is on 14 February in Auckland. This month’s topic; Adaptive product strategy with Agile. Bookings essential.


Welcome the new year with us at NZTE in Wellington on 16 February. NZTech CEO, Graeme Muller will update us on the projects and research NZTech has underway for 2017. Free to members, register here.

2017 may well be the year you realise Google might nick your job, says Tech Futures Lab’s Frances Valintine. Learn about AI, Blockchain, crowdsourcing, cybersecurity, data science, innovation, robotics and technological futures.

Attend the free SingularityU NZ Hui to discuss thriving in an exponentially changing world. SUNZ are hosting three events across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in February.


The government has announced that STEM focused students will soon have greater access to the options offered by Partnership Schools, Kura Hourua. Learn more here.

Applications for The Edmund Hillary Fellowship and the Global Impact Visa open today. The EHF offers the opportunity for visionary entrepreneurs, investors and start up teams to live and work in New Zealand.

On the lookout for experienced tech talent? NZTech is part of LookSee Wellington, bringing 100 candidates to the capital this May. There is no cost for employers, unless a hire is made.

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