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NZTech Update – A new era in digital procurement

Hi Readers

This week looks to be a busy one.  Today, we start interviewing for the Techweek partnership manager.  It’s not too late to throw your hat into the ring if you’re looking for a change.

On Tuesday we will be working with NZTE to integrate the UpStarters and Tech Story work with the Techweek team.  I am delighted we can bring together these two exciting initiatives.  It means the Techweek team can promote NZ tech and innovation all year round, not just during Techweek!

On Wednesday, following catch ups with members, I look forward to the relaunch of the NZ Story by the Prime Minister at Park Road Post Production.  We simply do not spend enough money marketing New Zealand exports overseas. The NZ Story budget is a mere $3.5 million, while our . international competitors invest significantly more. For example, the Irish Government spends over $70 million a year promoting their primary sector exports.

On Thursday, with ITP and NZRise, we re-initiate our regular meetings with the Government on behalf of the tech sector and meet with Minister Curran and the GCDO team. The Minister announced the “start of a new era in digital Government procurement processes” last week with the official launch of the Marketplace. We want to maintain the momentum and ensure work is done to improve the culture around procurement across Government, otherwise it will be rhetoric.

Then it is back to Auckland for the Agritech New Zealand Board meeting and final preparations for the 30 strong delegation travelling to Silicon Valley at the end of the month.

Well done to TechWomen’s Edwina Mistry for inspiring so many school students last weekend at the Walking on Mars event. The highlight was a live skype tour of NASA mission control by Tomas Soderstrom, NASA’s CTO.  What an experience!

That’s my week, I hope yours is just as much fun.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller

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