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NZTech Update – UpStarters and Tech Wins!

How amazing was Techweek’18? I hope you were involved, either attending an event, watching TechweekTV or one of the many webcasts.  Last week, Techweek’18 hosted 538 tech and innovations events across 36 towns, connecting tens of thousands of Kiwis to the potential of our future.  Techweek connected international investors to the potential of our hi-tech growth companies and celebrated success at the Hi-Tech Awards.

I traveled throughout the country and there were many personal highlights including a powerfully moving keynote by Derek Handley, read it or watch it here.

Other highlights included the launch of the Upstarters campaign to position New Zealand as a high tech nation, chatting on BBC Radio 5 Live about our fantastic #holoPM and seeing thousands of kids getting involved from the far North to the deep South.

ShadowTech was another Techweek highlight and it had a great launch in Wellington during Techweek with Minister Curran supporting the mentoring programme.

“Sorting the gender imbalance can only be good for the sector and the country.  I want young girls to see there’s a future for them in tech and I hope ShadowTech day encourages and inspires them to study and work in this field,” she said.  Read what else she had to say here.

Congratulations to all the Hi-Tech Award winners.  Every year, the awards ceremony is even more spectacular and the winners more impressive.  New Zealand is doing some amazing things in tech, check out the winners here.

Finally, we have to say a big thanks to the amazing team who delivered Techweek.  The entire extended NZTech team played a role, including Jennifer Clamp and the Techweek team.  However, particular thanks has to go to the trio that smoothly presented a fantastic week.  Thank you Anita Millard, Alicia Northbridge and Courteney Peters.  Awesome job!

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller

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Join CanterburyTech on 5 June for Device to Big Data.  Collaborate with IT professionals at ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington.

Attend the CIO Summit on 13-14 June in Auckland.  For a 10% discount, use the promo code: MO4KO4.  For $99 off the TechTeam Pass, use this code: MK4KCO.

Join TechWomen at the 4th Annual Women in Leadership Conference, 18-19 June in Auckland.  Speakers include Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, Hilary Barry and Xero’s Anna Curzon.


Attend The Future of Data: what’s in store for society, culture and innovation? on 12 June in Wellington.

Watch Techweek’18 highlights on #TechweekTV. Peter Beck shared insight to Rocket Lab’s development philosophy at Techweek’18.  Also, read his seven lessons for success.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is driving the future transport conversation. Attend Future Data and Skills Requirements in ITS in New Zealand on 30 May in Wellington.


Check out UpStarters, the New Zealand Tech and Innovation story.  Access resources including the app, showcase booklet, video, slides and user guide.

Applications for Massey University’s Sprint Launch for tech startups close on 11 June.  Register for the New Zealand Education Technology Summit, 3-4 July in Auckland.

There’s still time to have your say on the Government’s proposed R&D tax incentive.  Also provide feedback on the proposed changes to the NZBN Register and the Open Data Charter Refresh.

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