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NZTech Update – AI’s Impact On New Zealand!

In case you missed it, last week, Minister Curran announced the second half of her Digital Advisory Group.  The final seven members are Amber Craig, Cathy Hardinge, Robyn Kamira, Gregory Morgan, David Moskovitz, Damon Odey and Michael Taitoko.  They join the first eight with the Chair, Frances Valintine.  Their first order of business will be to assist the Minister with the appointment of a CTO.

Techweek’18 is getting closer with the announcement of plenty of interesting, high quality speakers across numerous events.  Arama Kukutai, kiwi-born venture capitalist based in the US will be one of the keynote speakers at the headline agritech event in Tauranga, 10 Billion Mouths.

Events are being held throughout New Zealand with communities building fantastic local programmes to help inspire the next generation into tech and showcase their best.  The Waikato programme includes a Maori business panel and tech showcase as well as an IoT Tour.  In Christchurch there are already 61 events lined up, including Emerging Tech in Health, the Fourth Revolution hi-tech manufacturing headline event and the Hi-Tech Awards.  Don’t leave it too late, start planning your week now.

Meanwhile, this week, the big news is the launch of the year long analysis of the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on New Zealand by the AI Forum.  I’m looking forward to attending the report launch in Wellington on Wednesday.

Enjoy your week.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller

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Join FinTechNZ for their Connect Event series on 9 May in Wellington and 16 May in Auckland.  Hear local startup story from RIP Global’s founder Mel Gollan.

Join Techmarketers this week for their launch on 1 May in Christchurch2 May in Wellington, and Auckland now sold out. Connect with fellow marketers and share ideas.

Meet self-confessed data-tech geek, Carmen Vicelich on 8 May in Auckland at NZSA’s Making Data Pay.  Join Canterbury Tech on 21 May for Business Networking for Techweek’18.


Register for the New Zealand Education Technology Summit, 3-4 July in Auckland.  This year’s theme is Creating Pathways for 21st Century Learning including pedagogy and digital resources.

We’re hiring!  We need an experienced project manager to lead our passionate team for Techweek’19.  More details here.  Our vision is to be globally recognised as a beautiful country where world leading solutions are born.

Join Tech Futures Lab on 3 May in Auckland for Business Disruption and Innovation Finance.  Join NZBio on 25 May in Auckland for What is the Next Bioactive Opportunity?  Read the TechLeaders briefing paper, Preparing for Digital Disruption at Work. 


Minister Curran has announced the final seven members of the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion (DEDI) Advisory Group; Amber Craig, Cathy Hardinge, Robyn Kamira,  Gregory Morgan, David Moskovitz, Damon Odey and Michael Taitoko.

The AI Forum’s Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a Future New Zealand launches on Wednesday in Wellington  and Auckland on 8 May.  Missed AI-Day 2018?  Watch the keynotes and presentations here.  Register here for  AI-DAY 2019 announcements.

Sign up as a ShadowTech mentor and inspire girls into tech.  Entries for the 2018 AmCham DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards close 31 May.  Registrations are open for ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington.  Tahi Rua Toru Tech is open for registrations at

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