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NZTech Inform – the numbers speak for themselves!

Kia ora readers,

Last week, I was working on the NZTech annual report in preparation for our 25 July AGM. It has been a crazy busy year for the New Zealand Tech Alliance and across the entire tech ecosystem. Check out these numbers…

New Zealand Tech Alliance

  • 22 tech associations working together
  • 87% annual growth in membership
  • 1,080 unique member organisations
  • 455 individual members (TechWomen and Tech Marketers) marketers
  • 1,535 paid members
  • 122 Connect Events for members and conferences in 2018
  • 86 media stories

NZTech’s Techweek19

  • 562 tech events in 7 days
  • 62 Techweek TV sessions
  • 882 speakers
  • 38 towns running events
  • 46,252 attendees

NZTech’s ShadowTech Day

  • 420 year 9 and 10 girls
  • 93 mentor companies offering a day’s tech work experience
  • 5 cities

Summer of Tech’s Intern Programme

  • 2,680 students registered for the latest cohort
  • 1,219 completed profiles, up 31% on last year
  • 49 companies paying for interns, offering 62 jobs

IT Professional’s Digital Challenge Programme

  • 3,700 students/akonga involved
  • 1001 teachers signed up from 601 schools/kura
  • 621 projects underway

NZTech, the associations in the Tech Alliance, partners such as the IT Professionals and Summer of Tech are all working to help create a more prosperous New Zealand underpinned by a thriving tech ecosystem. However, the statistics I don’t have, includes the number of amazing volunteers for these important initiatives. I do know that the NZTech group alone, has more than 30 working groups with close to 400 voluntary members!

There are so many opportunities to be involved and help make a difference. The examples above are just some of the many numbers that New Zealand’s fastest growing sector creates, but we can do more. For example, if thousands of students are looking for internships but only 49 companies are offering 62 jobs, that doesn’t work! Please consider taking on an intern and you will find it is a great way to access new emerging talent.

Let’s all do our bit to help ensure New Zealand has a prosperous future!

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller

PS: Don’t forget to register to attend our AGM on 25 July in Auckland.  

Thank you to Nyriad for our header image.


Join Canterbury Tech on 13 August for talks on digital transformation. NZSA is calling for entries to its annual An Angel at my Table pitching event on 13 August.

Join the AI Forum’s discussion on increasing AI adoption on 24 July in Wellington and 30 July in Auckland. Looking for a guest speaker for an event?  Meet local AI speakers here.  

Join Digital Identity NZ and FinTechNZ on Thursday in Auckland.  Connect with InsurTechNZ at their next event on 31 July in Auckland.


Join Tech Futures Lab on Wednesday for the Future of Food.  Also, attend Tackling the Mental Health Crisis with Technology on 31 July in Auckland.

The Indo-Pacific Dialogue: Beyond 2020  is 15 August in Auckland.  Register to attend  Identity Conference 2019 – Identity as taonga: now and in the future, 26-27 August in Wellington. 

Massey’s ecentre Innovation Showcase 2019 is 8 August in Auckland.  The 2019 AmCham-DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards is 23 August in Auckland.


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CERT’s Quarter One report 2019  includes 992 incidents and $1.7 million in financial losses, due mostly to scams and fraud.  However, FinTechNZ’s James Brown says most Kiwi companies don’t record being hacked.

Entries for the Deloitte Fast 50 close on 2 August.  Applications for the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants close 31 August.  Callaghan’s RFP for incubators with deep tech commercialisation experiencecloses 4 October. 

Don’t forget to register to attend our AGM and member only event on 25 July in Auckland.

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