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NZTech Inform – be part of Techweek2020

Last week, Techweek2020 opened for event submissions.  If you haven’t heard of Techweek, it’s an annual festival, run for a week in May.  Each year, we encourage events and activities to run through the country to help raise the awareness of the importance of technology for New Zealand.  During Techweek19  there were 564 events in 38 towns across New Zealand, attended by over 46,000 people. 

One purpose of Techweek is to inspire people to consider tech as a career.  Last year, 260 schools ran Techweek events with people from tech firms engaging with over 3,000 students.  Across the country there were 92 events specifically for women and 70 events run by Maori for Maori to help increase awareness of available opportunities. 

Another purpose of Techweek is to help tech firms grow and export.  Last year, Techweek attracted over 50 investors who chose from 55 investment events where over 60 pitches for funding were delivered.  Techweek is marketed globally and delegations now arrive from countries in Asia and Europe and New Zealand’s tech reputation grows.

I strongly encourage you to think about how you can get involved.  Check out the Techweek website, consider an event and submit it. 

In other news, following months of collaboration between AgriTechNZ, the Minisitry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and consultation meetings throughout New Zealand, the Industry Transformation Plan for Agritech in New Zealand was released.  This is the Government’s strategy to grow agritech as a major contributor to our economy.  Learn more at free workshops on 3 March in Auckland, 9 March in Hamilton and 10 March in Lincoln

Meanwhile, NZTech and MBIE are continuing the development of a similar plan for the digital technology sector. As soon as we have the dates locked in for the next round of input I will let you know.

Have a great week.

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller


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

Join BioTechNZ on 28 February in Auckland.  Register for Digital Identity NZ’s local showcase on 10 March in Auckland.

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.


Meet the Tech Futures Lab team at their upcoming Virtual Open Labs on 19 and 26 February. Check out Hamilton’s TechFest on 3 March.

Learn what the cloud can do for you at Microsoft Azure’s free workshops in New Plymouth on 18 March, Palmerston North on 19 March and Hamilton on 20 March. 

MedCan 2020 has confirmed 30 experts will present at New Zealand’s first international medicinal cannabis summit.  Read more.


Join the AI Forum’s Emma Naji at Statistics New Zealand’s #Open Data, Open Potential event on 6 March in Wellington.

Learn more about the agritech Industry Transformation Plan at free workshops on 3 March in Auckland, 9 March in Hamilton and 10 March in Lincoln

BioTechNZ Market Insights Report: BioTechNZ invites all local firms or organisations who offer services to biotech firms to complete this 10 minute survey

Submit your event for Techweek2020, 18-24 May

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