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NZTech Inform – solving the big challenges!

It’s great to be enjoying so many in person activities again. Across the NZTech Group we run a number of events to provide our members with opportunities to connect, learn, share and advance policy discussions. At this time of the year it begins to get busy but it’s lots of fun to catch up with so many people.

Last week I joined our Cyber Security Summit in Wellington where we discussed the evolving threat landscape and the latest responses. Even as security threats increase, we mustn’t overlook the basics – use strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, apply patches and regularly backup.

Another recent event was our Fintech Hui Taumata, view the highlights here

This week I’m back in Wellington for the inaugural Life Sciences Summit – biotech for a better tomorrow. From climate change, alternative proteins, precision foods, carbon recycling, gene editing and synthetic biology, this summit covers it all!

How can New Zealand’s life sciences help solve the world’s greatest challenges? LanzaTech’s chief scientific officer Sean Simpson explores a new era of life science growth. The University of Auckland’s Cather Simpson will also discuss the global challenges New Zealand innovators can be at the forefront of solving. We are also joined by the Hon Dr Ayesha VerrallProfessor Dame Juliet Gerrard, and renowned scientist Victoria Metcalf is our MC for the two day summit. I’m also looking forward to meeting Wellington’s Mayor Tory Whanau at the Life Sciences Summit Dinner and Stuart Roberts from Pitt Street Research. View the full programme here.

If you’re flying into Wellington to join the summit, check out Wellington’s delegate welcome signs  at the baggage carousel on arrival. Take a selfie and tag #lifesciences2023, we’d love to see you arriving! Physical tickets sold out quickly, but virtual tickets are still available and at discounted prices for members.

Techweek23 is receiving event submissions every day, so don’t miss out and submit your events now. Techweek is the focal point for learning more about our booming sector, a chance to discover the latest tech, for kids to try new things and to showcase our best tech to the world.  This year’s theme is Creating Tech for a Better Tomorrow and is supported by six narratives;

  • becoming more digital
  • celebrating tech leaders and tech stories
  • climate and sustainable tech
  • diversity of thought
  • advancing Māori tech
  • inspiring tech careers  

If your event is run by a not-for-profit organisation, community group or community educator, you may also qualify to have the listing fee waived. Event organisers can connect in the Techweek Facebook Discussion Forum. Techweek23 will begin with the Tomorrow Expo in Auckland 10-12 May. If you’re considering booking a stand, please make use of our special rates for NZTech and Tech Alliance members.

Ngā mihi nui
Graeme Muller

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