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NZTech Update – Tech Leaders & Election 2017

Hi Readers,

On Saturday evening I was in Tauranga at an election party watching, no doubt like you, to learn what the next three years may hold. Last week Sarah Putt did an excellent job of reviewing the various parties tech policies against the industry’s tech manifesto. While there weren’t huge differences, National’s last minute announcement, to consider the creation of a national CTO role showed how worthwhile the constant engagement with any Government is. Hopefully Winston Peters will not take as long as previously to decide the future of the country. Either way we are in for some change.

On Tuesday, I have the pleasure of meeting with New Zealand’s Tech Leaders who are working on ensuring the many large firms they work for, in collaboration with the Government, are considering methods of reducing the impact of technology and automation on jobs across New Zealand. Tim Bell from Canterbury University will take the Tech Leaders through the new Digital Technologies curricula that he has been involved in creating. The group will then discuss how corporate New Zealand can help schools, teachers and kids pick up these new subjects up across year 1 to 13 from 2018.

Earlier this month, the Canterbury Tech Summit hosted an engaging panel on AI Opportunities for New Zealand. The AI Forum of New Zealand’s Ben Reid joined the discussion and you can read his summary here. Also, if you missed Andy Cunningham’s keynote, you can watch it online.

Have a great week.
All the best

Graeme Muller

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