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What do you think we should be focusing on in the next year to help the digital technology sector grow?
A couple of months back the Government launched its new economic development policy, made up of industry transformation plans. This is similar to Singapore’s approach of building industry transformation maps which is a strategic plan for key sectors. In New Zealand, Digital Technologies is one of the first four sector plans under development and we have an immediate opportunity to help guide the Government’s investment and policy development for coming years.
NZTech is working with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to develop the scope for the plan and a vision for the Digital Tech sector’s growth and impact. In November, we will be partnering with other tech associations around the country to host a series of workshops. Keep an eye out for these sessions and come along and help us guide the Government and industry thinking for sector investment in coming years. Meanwhile, drop me a note if you’d like to be more involved.
There are multiple reasons the tech sector is receiving this attention. Next week, the 2019 TIN Report will be launched and we will hear, yet again, how fast the tech sector is growing and learn about even more amazing NZ tech firms having international success. If you haven’t booked your tickets, be quick to avoid missing out!
However, a growing tech sector isn’t simply just about economic growth. As the recent Intelligent Future report from the AI Forum identifies, it’s not about the technology, but solving our biggest problems using the technology. For example, artificial intelligence has been calculated to have the potential to contribute more than $700 million of value and savings to the New Zealand health system by 2026. With ever increasing health costs, smart technology will help the health dollar go further.
Diversity is another crucial area we will be focusing on in the development of the plan. TechWomen have been leading the charge on this and recently launched a series of video’s from women across the sector. Watch them on the NZTech – TechWomen Channel.
Have a great week.
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