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At Thursday’s NZTech AGM, it was a pleasure to host several members of the Digital Economy Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Board who provided an update on their work. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of their strong focus on the role of Government procurement. Not only the $1.3 billion a year the Government spends on ICT, but how a more agile approach to most procurement may be the solution to a more adaptable country. While this Ministerial Advisory Group is very passionate about the potential, anyone who has been involved in trying to encourage the Government to change its approach to procurement knows this is an incredibly difficult thing to do. It’s not for lack of desire within the Government, it is a system wide cultural challenge.
Improving Government procurement could have many advantages. Some analysts report the global GovTech market is worth more than US$400 billion. If we master procurement in New Zealand, we could use GovTech exports as a means of growing our local tech sector while bringing new wealth into the country.
Already, there is growing activity in the GovTech space in New Zealand with a Lightning Lab GovTech Accelerator underway, the Government’s Govt-to-Govt Partnerships Office (G2G) helping take New Zealand’s state sector solutions to the world, plus the GovTech World group bringing Government and tech together to help accelerate the positive benefits of GovTech for New Zealand. It feels like GovTech momentum is gathering with better Government procurement from every angle, so there is definitely cause to be positive about the potential.
On another note, we are looking for a new member of the Techweek team, a Partnerships Manager, to help craft mutually beneficial corporate partnerships across the programme. If you know anyone who would be a good fit please send them here.
Finally, I would like to send out a big congratulations to the team that put on the Digital Nations 2030 Summit this February. The project team partners, NZTech, Conferenz and DIA staff were recognised at the prestigious International Conference Awards with a Silver gong for the Collaboration and Partnership Award. A well deserved recognition for an incredibly collaborative team.
Join the AI Forum Connect Events 7 August in Auckland and 8 August in Christchurch. Discussion to include human/robot interaction, machine vision in orchards and AI transparency. View the local AI ecosystem map here.
Attend NZGDC18 in Auckland 1-3 August. Join CanterburyTech on 7 August in Christchurch for presentations on innovation and IoT. Join NZSA on 14 August in Auckland for their annual An Angel at my Table pitch competition.
How can FinTech support small businesses? Join the discussion with FinTechNZ at their winter Connect Event series on 1 August in Auckland and 2 August Wellington. Register for the New Zealand FinTech Summit on 29 November in Auckland.
Join TechWomen’s Edwina Mistry at the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Forum New Zealand, 27-29 August in Auckland. For a 10% discount use promo code: TW10.
Learn how to get the best results running a project using an agile approach. Attend the University of Auckland’s, Business School, Executive Education Agile Fundamentals course on 10 August.
Planning for Techweek’19 is underway and we’re looking for an experienced Partnerships Manager to support the delivery and growth of Techweek, a national festival of innovation that’s #goodfortheworld.
At our 2018 Annual General Meeting last week, we reported phenomenal growth. Congratulations to our new board members Mike Jenkins and Angela Nash. A special thanks to our retiring board members Tom Chignell and Rachel Kelly.
Register to attend the 2018 AmCham DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards on 16 August in Auckland. Meet the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Awards (NZSEA) finalists on 5 September. Winners announced at the Awards on 17 October.
Applications for the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) four cohort close on 2 September. The Flux Accelerator is also accepting applications. Save the date for the Tech Marketers conference, 28 February, AI-Day, 28 March and Techweek’19, 20-26 May, 2019.
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