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NZTech Update – Collaboration that’s good for the world!

Kia Ora

I love it when we all work together as NZ Inc! When I returned home from Europe four years ago, I was amazed at how fragmented the New Zealand business, Government and not-for-profit ecosystem was. Following research that found 66 tech industry groups individually trying to engage with Government, NZTech was formed in 2009. There are probably still 50 or so tech groups out there, but more of them are connected within the New Zealand Tech Alliance, sharing resources and members.

The Tech Alliance now brings together the 21 largest tech associations and there are another three currently onboarding. The Alliance is funded by over 800 paying members who together employ more than 10% of the New Zealand workforce.

Now that the New Zealand tech ecosystem is collaborating more effectively, there are increasingly more examples of tech and Government working together. The aim is always to help grow the tech economy while using tech to make New Zealand more inclusive and prosperous.

Techweek, a festival of innovation that’s good for the world, is an excellent collaboration with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and other agencies like New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), Callaghan and the Ministry of Education. The development of a New Zealand tech story and a marketing campaign to help position New Zealand as tech innovators is another great collaboration with NZTE, NZ Story and MBIE. The development of Scale-Up New Zealand, a platform for profiling and connecting tech firms with capital and support is the third major tech ecosystem collaboration with the Government, this time with Callaghan Innovation.

All of these projects are at relatively early stages however, just by working closely, we are beginning to experience the power of a more connected ecosystem and one strong message to the world from New Zealand. New Zealand tech and innovation is ‘good for the world’.

Have a great week.

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller

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Join the New Zealand IoT Alliance’s first Connect Event tomorrow in Auckland. Connect with Tech Marketers on 5 December in Wellington, 6 December in Christchurch and 7 December in Auckland.

Attend Canterbury Tech’s AGM and Quiz night on 4 December. Congratulations to all the 123Tech regional winners. The national champs are being held on 5 December in Wellington

Do you want to know more about cashless payments, cryptocurrencies and Open Banking more? The New Zealand FinTech Summit is just ten days away!
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Congratulations to Network for Learning (N4L) for recognition as New Zealand’s best broadband provider, servicing nearly 2500 schools. Judges commented on their “exceptional offering servicing a vital need, driving real value for educational institutions and their surrounding communities.”

Be inspired by previous Hi-Tech Award winners who will share what entering the awards has meant for their business and gain tips on preparing a great entry. Attend the 2019 launch events on 28 November in Auckland, 5 December in Wellington and 6 December in Christchurch. The 2019 Gala Dinner is 24 May in Auckland.

Why does digital inclusion matter? Read the new report, Out of the Maze: Building Digitally Inclusive Communities. Join NZTE and TechWomen for Practical tips on increasing diversity in tech companies on 26 November in Auckland. If you missed uLearn 2018, watch the keynote videos on Edtalks and access additional speaker resources.


21C Skills Lab is excited to introduce the 21C Skills Lab Prizegiving Challenge. Show students that ‘skills not scores’ are what count. Learn more here, including what are 21C skills? Read why students need more skills than school prize givings recognise.

Registrations are open for 2019 Export Essentials workshops throughout New Zealand. Applications closing this week include #TechRocketshipANZ and the Sprout Accelerator. Applications for the AI Impact Challenge close 22 January.

Join the AI Forum at the 31st Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 11-14 December in Wellington. Save these 2019 event dates; Future Government summit, 26-27 February, Tech Marketers conference on 28 February, AI-Day on 28 March and Techweek 20-26 May.

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