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NZTech Update – AI and Digital Transformation

Hi Readers,

If you emailed me recently, I apologise if I haven’t replied. My only excuse is that I turned off my phone and had a couple of weeks away, returning to a few hundred messages. Despite living in technology filled world, there is nothing quite like a digital holiday to cleanse the mind. While a full inbox could appear stressful, I am working with the theory that if it is important you will write to me again!

Reinvigorated from my holiday, there are exciting things happening this week. The launch of the latest TIN100 report on Tuesday night should reveal yet more growth from the tech sector. On Wednesday, I am in Christchurch at the NZTech and regional EDA quarterly meeting to help bring alignment around tech initiatives throughout New Zealand. In the evening, I will be in Wellington at the AI Forum’s Connect Event “AI – what should NZ be doing about it?”.

On Thursday morning, I will debate the impact of digital transformation with TVNZ journalist Andrea Vance at the Intergen Convergence conference. Then, I join MBIE for the Digital Skills Forum meeting where we are looking into the key focus areas for 2018.

Finally, on Friday, I will spend the day at Castaways Resort south of Auckland at the New Frontiers Showcase Day where we welcome the first cohort of entrepreneurs and investors selected into the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.

That’s my week at a glance! Also on this week is the Precision Ag Conference, the China New Zealand Hi-Tech Summit and the ITP Great AI Debate, something for everyone.

All the best.

Graeme Muller

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Next week!


This Wednesday; Digital Realities: Making the Value Real, in Auckland and the AI Forum of New Zealand Connect Event in Wellington.

Join FinTechNZ  for their Spring Connect Event on 24 October in Auckland. Gain insight into the growing InsurTech sector and join the facilitated discussion.

The next BANZ Blockchain Gathering is 26 October in Auckland. Also, Project Connect presents Indiegogo’s Kate Drane next month.


Attend the launch of NZVRARA’s Virtual Gets Real report on 19 October in Auckland. The report examines the explosion of cross reality in New Zealand.

Visa’s Everywhere Initiative is seeking women in startups to compete in a business challenge with a chance to win up to A$30,000. Competition closes 23 October.

Callaghan is hosting two forums in Auckland next month. Join Innovating with Light  on 9 November. Food for Thought  is 10 November.


Are you keen to collaborate with tech innovators on R&D in Europe? EPIC is accepting applications for European travel funding. Applications close 15 November.

Interested in entering the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards? Be inspired by previous winners and hear from the judges at launch events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Tenders for the National Digital Championship close 7 November. Applications for the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator close 1 December.

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