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NZTech Update – EdTech, IoT And Digital Vision

Kia Ora Readers,

Last week, I was annoyed to hear media discussion on the sale of Power by Proxi to Apple as if tax payers had been ripped off! We need to change the conversation and make it understood the value from such a sale is multi-faceted and is great news for New Zealand overall. Here’s my response, You know we are on the right track when the world’s largest tech firm buy a Kiwi company. Come on New Zealand, let’s see this for what it is, an amazing success story!

The AI Forum of New Zealand is currently engaged in a research project on the state of AI in New Zealand and its potential to help drive economic growth. A crucial part of the study is understanding the wider views of the public and private sector. What impact do you think AI will have on your organisation? What do you think will be the benefits and barriers to AI deployment? Even if your firm isn’t thinking of AI please let us know. Your perspective will help create a better understanding of AI in New Zealand. It only takes 10 minutes to complete the survey and we really need your help!.

On Tuesday, I am looking forward to attending a special IoT Alliance event with Vernon Turner, the Global Head of IoT research for IDC from Boston. Immediately after this, I’ll be at the sold out launch of the EdTechNZ Association, followed by the IoT Conference on Wednesday.

Later this week, I have a meeting in Wellington with the Colin MacDonald, Government Chief Information Officer and Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, to discuss the emerging Digital Government Vision. I am pleased the Government is open to some direct feedback and can’t wait to learn more about proposed plans.

Have a great week.

Graeme Muller

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Don’t forget to RSVP for our Christmas drinks. Join us in Wellington on 30 NovemberAuckland on 6 December and Christchurch on 7 December. Join fellow members to celebrate 2017!

The Government Women’s Network hosts Microsoft’s Toni Townes-Whitley on 10 November at 12 noon, Victoria University, Bunny Street, Wellington. Register by email.

Think global, talk local with Xero’s Alex Mercer at NZSA’s dinner on 14 November. Alex will discuss the importance of communications in building a successful tech business.


Would you like to be part of Techweek’18Learn moreand meet the team; Jennifer Clamp is joined by Courteney PetersPerrin ReillyAnita Millard and Alicia Northridge.

Interested in entering the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards? Meet previous winners and judges at launch events in AucklandWellington and Christchurch.

Share your views on AI by participating in the AI Forum’s surveyAI in Health – Balancing the use of data with privacy is 17 November in Auckland.


Following the publication of The Internet of Things – Accelerating a Connected New Zealand, the IoT Alliance’s Executive Council has identified key working groups. Last week, Chorus also joined the New Zealand IoT Alliance.

This week, EdTechNZ is officially launched in Auckland. Its aim is to drive creative use of technology inside and outside the classroom, facilitate a world class education system and showcase kiwi EdTech globally.

EPIC applications for European travel funding close 15 November. Access new resources for Cyber Smart Week 27 November – 1 December. Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator applications close 1 December.

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