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NZTech Inform – Maximise Your 2020 Membership

It’s a new year, a new decade and already its February!

As we dive into a new year, I’m reminded of a great analogy. Every year, thousands of people start with the best intentions of improving their fitness and join a local gym. Once they have signed up as a member they are able to make full use of the facilities and everything on offer. Your NZTech membership is the same, because joining is only the beginning and you have the opportunity to connect at our regular events and be involved in many ways. 

This year we are focussed on increasing member value and continuing to have a positive impact working collectively to support the tech ecosystem, including:

  • Providing an advanced calendar of 2020 member events and conferences.
  • Welcoming Precision Ag and the Spatial Industry associations into the NZTech group.
  • Helping the Government develop the Industry Transformation Plan for the Digital Technology Sector so private and public sectors are aligned on priorities for policy and investment.
  • Preparing a 2020 Election Manifesto to ensure all political parties focus strongly on technology in the lead up to this year’s national election.
  • Continuing to support the Digital Skills Forum as we look for ways to help address skills shortages.
  • And of course, our flagship event, Techweek2020. This year’s theme is connecting our future and we are now accepting event submissions. TW20 is nationwide series of events, showcasing and celebrating our tech innovation. It’s an ideal place for everyone to meet, create connections and share ideas. Last year there were 564 events in 38 towns in one week.  

This morning on Radio New Zealand Business News we celebrated the Game Developers announcement of a doubling of annual revenues to $200 million as the sector continues to grow rapidly. The challenge that game developers face, like all tech firms, is a shortage of experienced talent. Listen to the interview (from 3:17 minutes). 

Returning to the gym membership analogy… the best way to gain the most from your membership is to physically go to the gym! Similarly, NZTech has many ways for members to be involved. There are now 24 associations in the Tech Alliance, producing more than 100 member events a year, numerous working groups, delegations, briefings, conferences, research reports and more. Just like the gym, that doesn’t wake you in the morning and take you there, we anticipate members motivate themselves to gain the most from NZTech. Let’s make 2020 the year we work together to help create a more prosperous New Zealand underpinned by tech!

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Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


Join Canterbury Tech in Christchurch and NZSA in Auckland tomorrow. Join the Tech Marketers webinar on Wednesday.

Join FinTechNZ and BlockchainNZ on 26 February in Auckland and 27 February in Wellington.

Join BioTechNZ on 28 February in Auckland to discuss patient-centric supply chain service solutions.


Save the date for RegTechNZ’s State of the Nation event on 11 March in Auckland. The IoT Alliance meets on 12 March in Wellington.

Register for MobileTECH Ag 2020 7-8 April in Rotorua. Applications for the 2020 National Fieldays Innovations Awards close 30 April.

Join the Edmund Hilary Fellowship’s New Frontiers Summit, 24-26 February in Auckland. Attend Future Government 2020 on 25 March in Wellington.


Apply for Lighting Lab Tourism 2020 by 14 February. Entries for the 2020 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards close 28 February.

Entries for the NZ Hi-Tech Awards close 2 March. Save the date for the awards gala dinner on 22 May in Wellington.

Submit your event for Techweek2020, 18-24 May

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