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Good morning from Silicon Valley! This week, I am in San Jose, California with the Agritech New Zealand and Callaghan Innovation agritech immersion programme. Our delegation includes 30 delegates from throughout New Zealand and we have a full schedule. We are visiting several cutting edge farming facilities, meeting investors and forming connections with the US market. On Friday, we are joined by the New Zealand Ambassador for a major international agritech announcement. Sounds exciting, I can’t wait.
Last week, at NZTech’s CEO Forum and Tech Leaders lunch with Minister Robertson, our discussion highlighted the impact emerging technologies will have on jobs and society. While there is broad agreement that technology changes will be disruptive, there is no quick fix or magic bullet. Greater technology use and automation will drive much needed productivity improvements, but we also need to begin helping workers develop new skills, now.
It was encouraging to see a unanimous desire by all of New Zealand’s largest organisations to start working together with Government to help people manage through the digital transformation of our economy. Easy to say, hard to do, however we are starting the journey!
Next week, I have a well placed catch up with Minister Woods. Initially, this was to discuss the R&D tax credits, but now she has replaced Minister Curran across the Digital Government portfolio, we will hopefully have a broader discussion.
Join the next EdTechNZ Meetup on 11 September in Auckland. Attend the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Forum New Zealand, this week in Auckland.
Join FinTechNZ at their Winter Connect Event on Wednesday in Wellington. Attend the next
InsurTech meetup on 5 September in Auckland. Register for the New Zealand FinTech Summit on 29 November in Auckland.
Attend the NZITA’s Re-Imagining New Zealand India Relationship event, exploring global trade and economic challenges on 24 September in Auckland. Free for NZTech members.
Make a difference and help create a more inclusive transport system. Register for the New Zealand Transport Authority’s All Access Hackathon, 21-23 September in Auckland.
Attend WINTalk Project Connect’s Steve Sammartino: The Lessons School Forgot on 31 August in Auckland. Connect with experts on the 2018 Taking Care of Business – Small Business Roadshow.
Join the Cyber Security Strategy Refresh discussions, today in Christchurch, 29 August in Auckland or 30 August in Wellington. Share your thoughts directly with the refresh team. CERT’s Cyber Smart Week is 8-12 October.
Are current rules and regulations hampering IoT innovation? Share your views on local IoT device certification. Complete the New Zealand IoT Alliance’s survey here and help create a clear device certification pathway.
Applications for the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) close on 2 September. Apply for the 2019 Sprout Accelerator. Save the date for the Tech Marketers conference on 28 February, AI-Day on 28 March and Techweek 20-26 May, 2019.
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