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One of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is the day to day variety. Tomorrow, I am speaking about the technology shaping New Zealand at the MobileTechAg conference in Rotorua. I will be exploring this statement by the New Zealand Productivity Commission – Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa, ‘the main problem facing New Zealand today isn’t too much technology, it’s not enough’. I will be sharing the impact of not enough technology uptake by people, businesses and Government.
On Wednesday, I will see cutting edge technology at the launch of Spark’s new Innovation Studio. The Studio will showcase how smart technology, including the Internet of Things (IoT), can support the country’s COVID-19 recovery and long term economic success, as well as accelerating our transformation to a low carbon economy. It will also be a space where businesses can co-create solutions alongside Spark technology engineers and specialists, and be able to test the tech on all networks (4G, 5G, LoRaWAN, Cat M1, NB IoT) in one place.
On Thursday, I am attending the Digital Identity NZ Board meeting in Wellington, where a new Executive Director will be announced as Andrew Weaver hands over the baton. I would like to congratulate and thank Andrew for the incredible job he has done, with the support of his executive council, in the establishment of the Digital Identity NZ association. Digital Identity is a critical foundation for New Zealand’s future prosperity. This group is creating a digital identity ecosystem that enhances privacy, trust and improves access for all people in New Zealand.
While in Wellington, I have a number of meetings as we work to complete the writing of the Digital Tech Industry Transformation Plan for Ministerial review. Please check our progress at the regularly updated Digital ITP website.
Throughout this week and the next, there are multiple opportunities to share your thoughts on where the focus should be for improving our digital skills pipeline. The Digital Skills Hui consists of eight Zoom meetings allowing you to have your say. Check out the agenda here and please join the conversation.
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