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NZTech Update – Growing the tech sector

Kia Ora

I hear the pending decision of New Zealand’s CTO is close, so all things going well, I expect we should learn of the appointment soon, as the Minister did promise to appoint by the beginning of August.  Regardless of who is appointed, I’m looking forward to working with the new CTO, as the focus areas for the role – reducing the growing digital divide and growing the tech sector – are both highly important for NZTech and our members.  Neither of these can be solved by just one person, so hopefully we find ourselves with an engaging and inclusive CTO to help lead the charge.

Tomorrow, I am in Wellington attending the Digital Skills Forum as we continue to gain momentum on the challenges of placing interns and preparing more work ready graduates for tech roles.  The survey about internships closes tomorrow so please help us help you and share your thoughts about internships here. It’s quick and is taking on average, only three minutes to complete.

I’m looking forward to meeting our newly elected NZTech board members next week at our AGM.  The AGM is always a great time to pause and reflect on the past years work.  This morning, as I was finalising my presentation slides it was encouraging to see over 90 percent growth rate in representation.  Please don’t forget to register to attend the AGM on 26 July in Auckland.  Come along and meet the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller

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Join FinTechNZ for their winter Connect Event series on 1 August in Auckland and 2 August Wellington.  In the wake of global banking issues FinTechNZ’s  James Brown calls for more transparency locally.

Join CanterburyTech on 7 August in Christchurch.

Join EdTechNZ on 25 July in Wellington for The Future of Education is Now panel discussion and a tour of Te Papa’s Hīnātore Learning Lab.

How should board directors be preparing for AI driven change? Attend The Impact of AI on Governance on 23 July in Christchurch.  Join the AI Forum Connect Events on 24 July in Wellington, 7 August in Auckland and 8 August in Christchurch.


NZSA is seeking expressions of interest for their annual An Angel at my Table five minute angel investor pitch competition.   Entries close 20 July.  The pitching event is 14 August in Auckland.

Did you miss the headline events at Techweek’18? Watch the presentations from the Fourth Revolution, Creative Realities, 10 Billion Mouths and more from Techweek TV here.

Meet the next wave of startups at Massey’s ecentre Innovation Showcase on 18 July in Auckland.  Attend the ChristchurchNZ 2018 Hi-Growth Launch Programme on 24 July.


Applications are open for the fourth cohort  to join Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF). Applications close on 2 September, apply before 1 August for early bird pricing. The Flux Accelerator is also accepting applications for its third cohort.

TechWomen’s Edwina Mistry explains how the award winning ShadowTech programme helps girls consider tech jobs they didn’t know existed!  Also, register your internship listing with Summer of Tech now.

Entries for the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Awards (NZSEA) close 27 July.  Attend NZGDC18  in Auckland 1-3 August.  Save the date for the New Zealand FinTech Summit 2018 on 29 November in Auckland.

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