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NZTech Update – Kathmandu tech talks and celebrating women on #IWD2017

Hi Readers

Thank you for all your great suggestions about how to fit in my daily run while in transit through Singapore. I opted for a slow jog to the departure gate and according to my GPS running app it was 1.8km. The next day, I got my run in around the vibrant streets of Kathmandu which was devastated by a 7.8 earthquake in 2015, killing almost 10,000 people and leaving 3.5 million homeless. Like Christchurch and Kaikoura, the resilience of this city is clearly visible, but unlike New Zealand, people continue to live and work in crumbling buildings.

The World Information Technology and Services Alliance meeting in Kathmandu is highlighting that every country has similar issues, including skills shortages and encouraging women into tech We appear to be leading in this space and it’s great to see that this week’s NZTech Women event on International Women’s Day, has been so popular we have had to find a larger venue!

Last week’s Government & Technology Summit was a success with news coverage about the progress being made to digitalise government services and over 100 senior government executives joining the discussion about using cloud and data to deliver better public services.

An update as promised; in collaboration with NZTE, NZ Story and MIBE, workshops on the development of a New Zealand “technology story” are scheduled for March 21 (Wellington), March 23 (Auckland) and March 28 (Christchurch). Contact me if you would like to attend and share your input.

It’s almost time for me to get back on a plane and head home.

Have a great week
All the best


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This week’s NZTech Women Wellington event has been so popular we have had to move venue! Now at St Johns in Cable Street. Join us for lunch on International Women’s Day 2017 and be #BeBoldForChange. Hear BNZ’s Head D&I, Lana West discuss how to drive change toward gender parity. Register today or miss out!

NZTech board member Eva Sherwood also invites you to continue the International Women’s Day celebrations in Wellington at Oracle’s post-lunch networking event. Bring a friend or colleague and join us for drinks and nibbles from 4pm on Wednesday 8 March at Avida Bar, (Corner of Johnston and Featherston Streets). RSVP not necessary.

Join Canterbury Tech tomorrow for their March networking event. Includes presentations on taking geology to the cloud and law applied to drones. Also, join NZTech CEO Graeme Muller in Auckland for NZTech Connect on 16 March for an update on NZTech projects underway in 2017.


It is only three weeks till the 5th Annual MobileTech Primary Industries summit is being held in Rotorua on 22-23 March. This year’s theme is disruptive innovations reshaping the sector. View the full programme and use the promo code: xPAANZ for a special members rate.

Learn Phil McKinney’s Seven Immutable Laws of Leading Innovation at a full day workshop focused on practical advice on 4 April or 5 April in Auckland. Based outside Auckland? Callaghan Innovation are giving away 100 free tickets to help businesses from around New Zealand attend. Find out more here.

Register for the NZSA’s networking event in Auckland on 14 March. This month; Brett Roberts will share his view on Datacom’s history, and how they’re adapting for the future. An insightful look at creating long-term success in the fastest changing industry.


Connect with FinTechNZ on Facebook and LinkedIn for local FinTech updates. FinTechNZ Connect events coming soon in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Be part of the discussion and join FinTechNZ, substantial discounts apply to NZTech members.

Interested in global intellectual property protection? IPONZ is pleased to announce the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is visiting as part of its worldwide series of free roving seminars; 13 March in Auckland and 15 March in Wellington.

AlphaBeta is conducting research for the Asia Internet Coalition to understand how countries are performing in creating a vibrant digital economy. Complete this short survey if you are digital start up, work in a digital MNE or if you are an investor. For more information, email Nicolo’ Andreula.

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