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NZTech Update – Gearing Up For Digital Tech In Schools

Kia Ora Readers,

Introducing digital technologies to every child’s learning is critical for their success in an increasingly digital world.

To better prepare our nation’s children and young people to participate, create and thrive in our rapidly evolving digital world, our education system is adding digital technologies into the curriculum from Year 1 starting in 2018. The process has included consultation across the country and intensive design to build the new addition to the curriculum. The Ministry has prepared a summary of the process so far, you can read it here.

Without a doubt, changing the national curriculum is a massive undertaking, so I encourage you to learn more about and actively look for ways to encourage and support your local schools. Here’s what businesses and industry leaders need to know.

This is an incredibly important development and I don’t want to leave you with mixed messages. Digital technologies will be launched at the start of 2018 and it is expected that every school at every level will be teaching digital technologies by 2020.

Have a great week and please don’t forget to RSVP for our Christmas drinks.

Graeme Muller

Wellington 30 November

Auckland 6 December

Christchurch 7 December


NZSA hosts AI innovator Greg Cross at their final event for the year on 12 December. His talk is Human + Machine: AI in the 21st Century. Last week, Soul Machines announced a partnership with Autodesk.

In Lincoln on Thursday, How will preference and tech impact the food industry. Register for Feed the World 2030: Power of Plants Hackathon on 2 December in Christchurch.

Join NZVRARA on 22 November in Wellington for VRAR in Architecture and Engineering. Hear from Archaus’ Gavin Urquhart on VR elements in their Wellington International Airport project.


Learn how MBIE is encouraging diversity in tech. Alongside ANZ, Cigna, Intergen, Transpower and Westpac they are recruiting in Wellington as part of the Return to IT pilot programme.Be part of Techweek’18. Join the event planning forum to find the sponsors and speakers you need to run an awesome event. Also invite overseas contacts to the Innovation Tour.

Considering entering the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards? Be inspired by previous winners and learn from the judges at events in AucklandWellington and Christchurch. Entries open in December.


The future of education is now! EdTechNZ‘s Shane Kerr explains why EdTech is vital for New Zealand’s future. Frances Valintine also recently spoke on making school relevant and embracing AI.

Is the New Zealand jury still out on IoT? This question was posed by visiting expert, IDC’s Vernon Turner. IoT isn’t a technology revolution, it’s a business revolution, enabled by technology, he said.

Last week, the FinTechNZ association attended the FinTech Festival in Singapore, here’s what they shared at the event. In other news, Netsafe has introduced Re:Scam, wasting scammers time so they have less time to pursue real people!

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