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NZTech Inform – How Can AI Help New Zealand?

Kia ora,

The AI Forum released their latest research report last week, highlighting the importance of AI for our future in New Zealand. With the increasingly fast pace of technology change, we can’t wait for the Government to develop a national AI strategy. We should immediately begin considering the role of AI to support all of the existing national strategies. For example, how can AI reduce the road toll? According to the study, AI has the potential to save 64 lives a year, prevent 7,200 injuries and over $800 million in social costs! The report, Towards Our Intelligent Future, is free to download.

This week, I am looking forward to spending a couple of days in Christchurch attending the Canterbury Tech Summit and visiting a number of NZTech members. On Friday, I will be in Wellington working on the development of our 2020 Future Government Summit, scheduled for March. Next year’s focus is on government innovation and it looks like it will be attracting several international delegations.

Speaking of international delegations, I am looking forward to the Enhanced Partnership for Exponential Impact Roadshow on 17 September in Wellington. Working with Singapore based, Kiwi owned, NZTech member, Ecosystm, we are welcoming several senior Singapore officials to New Zealand to further enhance collaboration and partnership, with a focus on fintech.  Let me know if you’d like to attend.

I am also working with the Agritech New Zealand team on a detailed piece of research on the impact of agritech for our economy and identifying areas of competitive advantage. Our world leading primary sector has established New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer and tech will help us build on this too.

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi
Graeme Muller


Join NZSA tomorrow in Auckland for a panel discussion on exiting your business.  Save the date! The #HTANZ Alumni Event scheduled for 27 November, more details to come.

Join Digital Identity NZ on Wednesday in Wellington to discuss banking and digital identity. Plus, Digital Identity in Health on 18 September in Auckland.


Register now for the 2019 NZ Cyber Security Summit and the 2019 NZ Digital Identity Summit will both being held on 16 October in Wellington.

The Future of Learning is 30 September – 1 October in Christchurch. NetHui 2019 is 3-4 October in Wellington. ITx Rutherford is 9-11 October in Nelson.

Please complete the Angel Association’s annual founders survey. Results help ensure investors can provide the best support. Survey closes 20 September.


Celebrate big business innovation and recognise new launches. Applications for Deloitte’s inaugural Corporate Entrepreneur Awards close 27 September.

Calling all agritech startups, applications are open for evokeAG 2020 Startup Program. Also, join Agritech New Zealand on a study tour of China.

The new Netsafe Schools programme empowers schools to create a safe online environment. CERT’s Cyber Smart Week is 14-18 October, subscribe for updates.

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