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NZTech Update – Countdown is on!

Last week, it was good to see the Government reopen submissions for the CTO role.  No doubt the Minister’s Digital Advisory Group will have their hands full with another wave of applicants.  Earlier this year, there were 62 applicants and I’m sure this critical role for New Zealand will attract even more interest the second time round.

Last Thursday, I had a chat with Corin Dann on the TVNZ Q&A Show about the opportunity that continued growth in the tech sector is creating for New Zealand.  While this is exciting, we also discussed the importance of future generations learning the skills they need to thrive in a digital world.  Also, what needs to be done to create new opportunities for people whose jobs will be disrupted.  If we work on this issue now, we can help close the digital divide, otherwise, the divide will only increase.

In just one week, Techweek’18 will be here!  On Monday 21 May at 9am in Auckland, join the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, as she opens Techweek!  There are still tickets available for the opening session so come along, it will be great to see you there.  You can also use the ticket to check out the other Innovation Open Day events around the city.  Simultaneously, throughout New Zealand, almost 500 events will be hosted in 36 towns.  The headline AgriTech event, 10 Billion Mouths, in Tauranga has attracted an international delegation of investors representing billions of dollars. There are only a few tickets left for this event, so get in quick.

Our mentoring programme ShadowTech also begins during TechWeek.  Become involved and help young girls choose a career in tech.  Listen to what past attendees say about the day and if you haven’t already signed up as mentor, please do.  Previous mentors have learnt a lot by interacting with a younger generation.  Hosting students also increases team morale and is great for brand awareness with potential future employees.

This week, finalise your Techweek schedule, there’s so much on offer!

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller

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Join FinTechNZ for their Connect Event on 16 May in Auckland.  Attend Showcasing New Zealand Tech on 17 May in Christchurch to celebrate the launch of AIFNZ’s research report.

Join TechWomen’s first Dunedin event, There’s Room – Broadening our Networks Together on 21 May.  Plus meetups in Hamilton, Christchurch and Auckland.  TechWomen’s Edwina Mistry recently spoke about mentoring in the digital era.

Join us for the official opening of Techweek’18 at the Good For the World Open Days on 21 May in Auckland.  Be inspired by local success stories at KIWITECH – Creating New Zealand Tech Stories on 22 May in Auckland.


What will the future of food look like?  Find out at Techweek’s headline AgriTech event 10 Billion Mouths on 23 May in Tauranga.

Creative New Zealanders are using AI, Blockchain and AR/VR to change the way we see the world.  Learn more at Creative Realities  on 24 May in Wellington.

Meet the high tech engineers, innovators and manufacturers who are building a better world.  Learn more at The Fourth Revolution on 25 May in Christchurch.


Considering an AI strategy for your organisation?   Attend AI for Business on 21 May in Wellington.  Explore opportunities to take advantage of AI now or in the future.  AI also features at Lincoln Hub’s NatureTech event on 25 May.

Brigitte Morten knows how Government works and is passionate about making NZTech’s voice heard.  Meet our newly appointed Government Relations Manager in our NZTech Q&A.  Meanwhile, submissions have reopened for the Government’s CTO role.

Registrations are still open for AmCham’s event with North American Heads of Mission on 25 May in Auckland. Register for the New Zealand Education Technology Summit, 3-4 July in Auckland and ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington.  Have your say in the Education Conversation, a quick survey on the future of education.

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