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Today I completed my 169th consecutive day of running as I near the half way point of the ‘365 day challenge’, an attempt to run every single day this year. It takes a lot of commitment to get up every morning for a run, no matter the weather or where you are. Everywhere I look across the New Zealand tech ecosystem, I see this sort of commitment and it makes me proud to be a Kiwi.
This week we will be celebrating the Kea World Class New Zealanders Awards in Auckland. This year’s winners include tech innovators, Peter Beck and Mark Sagar plus NZTech’s Chair Mitchell Pham. It is great to see the tech ecosystem featuring so strongly in the success of New Zealand.
Last week, the TechLeaders Executive published a series of Digital Principles for businesses undertaking a digital transformation. This group of senior tech executives from many of New Zealand’s largest organisations are working together to identify best practice and to capture this and share it with the rest of the business community. Following the release of these Principles, they are developing ‘how-to’ guides to help firms digitally evolve and bring their employees along with them. I applaud this group of individuals who care enough to do something to help reduce the impact of automation on New Zealand’s workforce.
I would also like to congratulate the team from TechWomen who won the Engaging Youth in ICT Award last week at the annual CIO Awards. Together with volunteers from across New Zealand this team has been successfully delivering the ShadowTech day programme each year, providing over 600 year 9 and 10 girls with a chance to shadow a woman in tech for a day.
If you’d like to help ensure New Zealand keeps getting better, we are now seeking NZTech Board nominations. If you think you’ve got what we are looking for to help NZTech create a prosperous New Zealand underpinned by technology, visit our site to learn more. Nominations close this week, on 20 June.
Join Canterbury Tech on 3 July and meet ChristchurchNZ’s CEO Joanna Norris and visiting speaker Dr Vivienne Ming of think tank Socos. Hear AI Forum’s Ben Reid at the IoT Waikato Future Tech meetup on 26 June in Hamilton.
Attend the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards gala dinner on 21 June in Auckland. Collaborate with IT Professionals at ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington. Save the date for the 2018 AmCham DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards on 16 August in Auckland.
Our AGM is soon and that means election season is upon us! We are now seeking NZTech Board nominations. This week, read NZTech Chair, Mitchell Pham’s year in review and his vision for our Board’s evolution.
Applications for the FinTech Hive Accelerator close on 24 June. Read how AI can impact government service delivery. Learn more about K?kiri, accelerating Maori entrepreneurs. In other news, New Zealand has been included on the new Global Digital Health Index.
There’s still time to have your say in the NCEA review. Submissions on the proposed changes to the NZBN Register close 20 June. EHF is now accepting new applications. Applications for MAHUKI close on 4 July.
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