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NZTech Inform – Techweek19 is here!

Kia ora Readers,

Techweek is here!

This morning, I had the pleasure of attending the sell-out Techweek opening event in Auckland. The 7am start didn’t deter over 400 people from celebrating the beginning of Techweek – Good for the World.  The event brought together leaders in CleanTech and CreativeTech, two rapidly growing sectors that New Zealand is becoming known for. The official launch rolled straight into the Auckland Economic Tripartite 2019 Innovation Showcase. With international delegations visiting from Los Angeles and Guangzhou, it was great to see delegates soaking up the best in New Zealand tech.

With over 500 events, in more than 30 towns and cities around New Zealand, it has been difficult to decide where to go. This evening, I am looking forward to opening the Vector Harbour Bridge Lights display which has been created by students from Clendon Park School and Manuwera High School. This is the very first time students have been given control of the bridge lights!

On Tuesday, I will be in Wellington and involved in Techweek TV. Thanks to our partners Callaghan Innovation, Techweek TV is hosting over 60 hours of live streamed interviews, panel discussions and the latest tech. Check out the schedule and save your favourites.

On Tuesday evening, the Future of Space event at Victoria University of Wellington will be fascinating. New Zealand is at the front of the pack, thanks to leaders like Peter Beck and his team, plus the great work by the New Zealand Government in recognising the opportunity.

Mid-week, I return to Auckland for a string of events across the city, before heading to Tauranga on Thursday for the launch of the PlantTech Research Institute followed by DevExpo at Base Station.

I end Techweek19 in Auckland, with over 1000 fellow guests at the Hi-Tech Awards. This is the ideal occasion to celebrate the announcement of our best tech firms for the year.

I wish I could clone myself and attend even more events throughout New Zealand! We should all be proud of New Zealand and our fellow Kiwis for leaning into the exciting future that tech is bringing us.

Enjoy connecting and learning during Techweek19.

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


Join Canterbury Tech this evening for the Impact of Technology on Health Care Today. The NZSA next meets in Auckland on 11 June, following their AGM.

Attend Standards and Emerging Technology today in Wellington. Learn more about Standards New Zealand (SNZ) and its role in the digital economy.

Join EdTechNZ and TechWomen on 13 June in Wellington20 June in Auckland and 26 June in Christchurch for a discussion on how to achieve diversity in tech.


It’s not too late to sign  up as ShadowTech 2019 mentor and inspire girls to consider tech careers. ShadowTech is running next month in Auckland, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Techweek TV is back for 2019 with Unfiltered Co-founder Jake Millar and Kiwi Innovation Ambassador Sian Simpson. Check the daily Techweek TV schedule and save your favourites.

Meet the New Zealand Commissioner to Singapore, Hayley Horan and Ecosystm CEO Amit Gupta on 27 May for Myth Busting Pan Asia and the Changing Face of theTech Sector at NZTE Auckland. RSVP to Grace Reynolds.  


FinTechNZ’s James Brown says few New Zealand companies have adequate cyber protection. In other news, the IoT Alliance has published a landmark paper highlighting the importance of IoT spectrum allocation for New Zealand.

The Eureka Trust is seeking applications for a new trustee. The Trust’s aim is to grow STEM knowledge and develop the communication skills of young New Zealanders. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Gee.  

Entries for the 2019 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards close 31 May. Entries for the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) close 30 June. Save the date for the awards on 17 October in Wellington. 

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