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NZTech Update – Candy store moment, Techweek’17 is here!

Hi Readers

Hands up, who feels like a kid in a candy store this week? I feel so spoilt for choice with hundreds of Techweek’17 events happening around the country. If you haven’t organised tickets, get onto it quick, grab a colleague and soak up the atmosphere.

I am starting my week in Wellington at the Code Club for Politicians at the Beehive. On Tuesday, I will be in Christchurch for three awesome events, The Future of IoT, followed by an innovative networking lunch with Coffee and Jam, where I’ll learn more about Digital Art and Fostering Curious Minds.

On Wednesday, I will be back home in Wellington and will spend the day immersed in Future Realities, meeting visionaries and entrepreneurs in IoT and mixed reality.

Thursday is our first National Coworking Day where you can visit coworking spaces all over New Zealand for free. I’ll also be with Tech Marketers in Auckland where we will be exploring How to Sell Marketing to the CEO. Then I will hear about Machine Learning at Xero.

I will start Friday at a breakfast session, listening to a panel discussion on AI and customer engagement. Then it’s time for Robotics and Automation Technologies, before my TechWeek’17 crescendo at Friday evening’s New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards.

Beyond Techweek’17, our first ShadowTech Day kicks off in Auckland in just three weeks with 200 girls. Registrations are now open for mentors and students for ShadowTech Day. If you haven’t already registered your organisation, please do so you can me part of this important initiative, inspiring girls into tech. We are particularly looking for mentors in our new ShadowTech regions; Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Dunedin.

Meanwhile, Government procurement continues to be a hot topics in the tech sector. The Procurement Policy Team at MBIE are listening and are now consulting on how to improve panel contracting across government. They are seeking your feedback, read here for more information.


Andrea Hancox
Member & Government Relations

PS: Don’t forget to follow Techweek’17 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag #twnz17 and I’ll see you there!

Techweek is here!

Inspire girls into tech

Gala Dinner this Friday!


Attend the regular monthly events for Canterbury Tech and the NZSA in Auckland tomorrow. Canterbury Tech and NZSA are just two of NZTech’s communities, strengthening a national tech presence.

Join Bill Reichert from Garage Technology Ventures for Project 17; 21st Century Entrepreneurship: Lessons from Silicon Valley.  Masterclass on 25 May and keynote on 1 June, both in Auckland.

For the sector to reach its potential, Tech Marketers believes it needs a strong, globally capable, marketing force. Join the Wellington Tech Marketers Community for their first networking event on 25 May.


Get ready for #WCIT2017 in Taipei, 10-13 September. This year’s theme is Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age, Building and Sharing the Dream. The congress hosts 2,500 people from over 80 countries.

Have you considered being a ShadowTech Day mentor, but want to know what is really involved? Read our Q&A with Eva Sherwood who shares her insights as a first time mentor in 2016.

Storytellers of the digital age, High Tech Youth introduce HTY Tech Shed, a digital design agency with a social conscience. Watch their show reel and engage HTY interns for video, web, animation, graphic design and more.


Register for our EdTech Summit on June 26-27 in Auckland. A must for all educators, tech leaders and policy makers, enhancing collaboration for 21st century learning.

Have your say on Government Procurement. MBIE’s Procurement Policy Team are seeking feedback on how to improve panel contracting across Government. Comments are required by 19 May.

Last week, NZTech Women hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Forum for major corporate members. With only 3% of 15 year old girls considering tech as a career, research is needed to find out why.

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