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NZTech Update – Global relevance, innovation and creating connections

Hi Readers

Techweek’17 is now over and I wish I could hit the replay button. I made it to just 22 events in four cities of the 287 events taking place across 24 centres around the country.

This year, the most exciting part of Techweek for me was seeing event organisers and partners wearing t-shirts, putting up posters, using our logo liberally to make Techweek their own. This is because Techweek has been designed as a platform and a movement. It isn’t “owned”, it has guardians and advisors. Techweek’17 events were all produced by the communities they serve.

In the last year Techweek was transformed from a single city festival to a nationwide festival. Success for Techweek isn’t just a big number of events, though it was positive for 2017 as their range made the programme accessible. Success is measured by connections made and knowledge gained that will enable individuals to progress their work.

The ultimate goal of Techweek is to shine a light on the up and coming New Zealand businesses, thought leaders and technicians who are doing globally relevant, game changing work. By creating a platform for these individuals we aim to increase the visibility of their work and support their business growth. During Techweek‘18 we will focus more on those individuals and international audiences who can play a role in taking their work to the world. Our vision is that, through Techweek we can build a story of kiwi ingenuity that opens doors for our businesses worldwide.

Focusing on these stories of New Zealand success we hope to also feed local business innovation, connect more individuals to support networks that will help them progress their careers and their businesses, inspiring the next generation to dream big and realise their dreams.

Techweek exists to amplify New Zealand innovation that is good for the world. We would love you to be part of that journey too. If you participated in Techweek in any way your feedback would be much appreciated through this short survey.


Jennifer Clamp
National Director

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