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NZTech Update – 100 days, Techweek is coming and Kathmandu (not the shop!)

Hi Readers

During the Christmas holidays, it sounded like a great idea when a group of my friends all decided to do a run, for at least 10 minutes, every day for 100 days. How hard can it be, I thought? 10 minutes is just a jaunt down the road to the dairy and back. The funny thing about committing out loud to a bunch of people and tracking our daily progress, is that even though it is hard to keep it up, it is still exhilarating. So, tomorrow morning I need to complete run number 44 at 5am so I can fit it in before the NZTech Government and Technology Summit. Crazy, I know.

Committing to the 100 days running challenge, is a bit like Techweek. Six months ago, when we announced that Techweek was going national, we knew it would be a great challenge. So here we are, only days away from going live, with hundreds of events across towns and cities throughout New Zealand. Remember, if you have an event you think could run in Techweek don’t leave it too late! It is already gearing up to be an amazing week to be celebrated throughout the country.

Tomorrow, I fly to Kathmandu for the three day Board Meeting for the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, the global umbrella body for national tech industry groups. As a Director of WITSA, we will be focusing on developing policy on shared concerns such as trade in services, women in tech, protecting intellectual property and skills gaps. I am also hoping this role will help me expose cool NZ tech to the world. Meanwhile, I haven’t quite worked out how I am going to do run number 45 while I am in transit. Maybe I can run through Singapore airport in between flights, any other innovative ideas, greatly appreciated!

Have a great week.
All the best

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This week!

6-14 May 2017

Entries close 6 March


Don’t forget to register for NZTech Women in Wellington on 8 March. Also, join NZTech CEO Graeme Muller in Auckland for NZTech Connect on 16 March for an update on projects underway in 2017.

Meet the who’s who of Blockchain at the BANZ Business Breakfast in Auckland tomorrow. Connect with industry experts and thought leaders. Next, Blockchain Gathering is 23 March.

Join Canterbury Tech on 7 March for talks by Tim Schurr on taking geology to the cloud and tech law specialist Dr Maria A Pozza on law applied to drones. Mark your diary for the Canterbury Tech Summit on 14 September.


Join the Open Data Day in Wellington on 4 March. Open Data Day is celebrated worldwide and is now in its fifth year. This years’ focus includes the environment, human rights and tracking public money flow.

Meet up with the Blended Learning about Software Technologies (BLAST) forum in Auckland on 1 March. For learning professionals from organisations who develop software and technologies.

In need of experienced tech talent? Check out LookSee Wellington, bringing 100 candidates to the capital this May. There is no cost for employers, unless a hire is made.


Learn why New Zealand needs to embrace AI now and what NZTech is doing to help. Watch this space for more on the launch of the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand.

With New Zealand looking to a future in FinTech, read this recent Q&A and connect with FinTechNZ on Facebook and LinkedIn for more FinTech content. Be part of the discussion and join FinTechNZ.

NZTech Women met in Auckland last week. Weirdly’s co-founders Dale Clareburt and Keren Phillips joined us to discuss designing your life and personal priorities. ICYMI, read the highlights here.

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