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NZTech Update – Flight delays, parties and enthusiasm

Kia Ora Readers,

I was really looking forward to the #WellyTech event last week.  After a two hour flight delay, I only just made it to the stadium where partying was well underway.  Thankfully NZTech board member Eva Sherwood stepped in with a welcome on my behalf.

Over 1000 people registered to attend, from students and startups, to old guys like me!  I say this, because a student asked me, “there are quite a few old guys here today, what do you all do?”  I told him that we work hard to make sure he gets a well paying job or has the opportunity to create a successful startup.  Following a blank response, I reverted to “we put the party on”, which got a smile and thank you.

It was a great party and I look forward to continuing the festivities this week in our  Auckland and Christchurch year end events.  It is fantastic to be able to help bring together multiple tech groups to celebrate together. The enthusiasm and sheer number of people wanting to get together has been overwhelming.  While tech has had a great year in 2017, I feel it will be even better in 2018.

Have a great week.

Graeme Muller

Auckland 6 December

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Entries open this week for the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards.    Finalists will be announced in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 28 March, 2018.

In their final event for the year, NZSA hosts innovator Greg Cross on 12 December in Auckland.  He will discuss Human + Machine: AI in the 21st Century.

Join FinTechNZ at the inaugural Australian Payments Summit on 13 December in Sydney. Use our promo code for a 10% discount; APS_Partner.


Later today, NEM Blockchain launches in New Zealand.  This is followed by the Blockchain Summit tomorrow, in Auckland.

If you enjoyed the Police recruitment video that went viral last week, here’s why!  Also, check out the new branding for Tech Women.

Want to know more about marketing approaches help Kiwi tech companies grow?  The latest Market Measures Report is now available.


The arts will be key for humanity says AI Forum’s Amy Fletcher.  Register for early bird tickets for #AIDAY2018, 28 March in Auckland.

Master of Applied Technology scholarship applications close 15 December. Reserve a space for Business Disruption and Innovation with Frances Valintine.

Read the TechLeaders Executive briefing paper on Industry, Education and the Workplace of Tomorrow.  In AgriTech news, learn how a Dunedin company can save sheep farmers $19m a year!

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