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Techweek Is Here!

Janine Casas
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

We’ve made it!  Techweek’18 is on now and all this week.  The official count is 538 tech and innovation events throughout New Zealand, so please connect, learn and enjoy. A special thanks to the Prime Minister for joining us in the spirit of Techweek and allowing us to turn her into a hologram to launch the New Zealand tech and innovation international marketing campaign, UpStarters. For many years, we have marketed New Zealand as a tourist destination.  Today, we start telling the world about our amazing tech and innovative people.

The UpStarters story is about broadening perceptions of New Zealand, New Zealanders and what makes the technology we create unique.  Our tech firms are exporting amazing technology to the world, and the UpStarters story will allow them to stand together and build New Zealand’s international tech reputation.

Tech highlights from last week’s budget include the $1.1 billion boost to R&D funding. Admittedly, most of this is taken up with the already announced R&D tax credits, but it should help tech firms who are currently the most prolific investors in R&D in New Zealand.  Have your say in the current consultation on the tax credits.  There may also be some tech opportunities to tap into the new $100 million Green Investment Fund aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emission.  The budget also announced some small government IT projects like the $3.9 million to counter cyber threats. More detail about the budget can be found here.

Finally, before I start attending events today, I would like to congratulate the TechWomen’s ShadowTech Day team, for being named as a finalist in the CIO Awards for Engaging Youth in ICT.  Good luck!

Enjoy Techweek’18 and share with #twnz18 and #goodfortheworld.

Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

CONNECT

Attend the CIO Summit on 13-14 June in Auckland.  For a 10% discount, use the promo code: MO4KO4.  For $99 off the TechTeam Pass, use this code: MK4KCO.

Join NZBio on 25 May in Auckland for What is the Next Bioactive Opportunity?  Join TechWomen at the 4th Annual Women in Leadership Conference, 18-19 June in Auckland.

PROMOTE

What will the future of food look like?  Find out at 10 Billion Mouths on 23 May in Tauranga.   Interested in AI, AR/VR?  Attend Creative Realities  on 24 May in Wellington.

Want to see Kiwi kids competing in robotics?  VEX Robotics Champs are running during Techweek in Christchurch, Palmerston North, Tauranga and Auckland.

Meet the high tech engineers, innovators and manufacturers who are building a better world.  Learn more at The Fourth Revolution on 25 May in Christchurch.

ADVANCE

The AI Forum is establishing new workstreams to deliver its report recommendationsBe involved and effect change.  The forum is also offering internship opportunities, please email for details.

Register for the New Zealand Education Technology Summit, 3-4 July in Aucklandand ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington.  Have your say in the Education Conversation, a quick survey on the future of education.

Not all jobs will be replaced by robots! Read Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a Future New Zealand here.

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CIO Awards Recognises ShadowTech: Engaging Girls beyond Coding

Janine Casas
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NZTech News, TechWomen

The ShadowTech youth development programme has been selected as a finalist for the Engaging Youth in ICT award; part of the 2018 CIO Awards for New Zealand.

ShadowTech is an annual technology career experience day for girls in years 9-11, who meet in their regional centres to hear from local tech leaders and are then hosted by women working in the technology sector to experience ‘a day in the life’ of a tech sector career.

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Technology will make NZ rivers cleaner

Janine Casas
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Media Release, NZTech News

Technology will soon help make New Zealand’s farms more productive while also making lakes and rivers cleaner, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

“As a nation Kiwis keep talking about how important clean rivers and lakes are and the damage being done by the primary industries,” Muller says.

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NZTech Update – Countdown is on!

Janine Casas
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

Last week, it was good to see the Government reopen submissions for the CTO role.  No doubt the Minister’s Digital Advisory Group will have their hands full with another wave of applicants.  Earlier this year, there were 62 applicants and I’m sure this critical role for New Zealand will attract even more interest the second time round.

Last Thursday, I had a chat with Corin Dann on the TVNZ Q&A Show about the opportunity that continued growth in the tech sector is creating for New Zealand.  While this is exciting, we also discussed the importance of future generations learning the skills they need to thrive in a digital world.  Also, what needs to be done to create new opportunities for people whose jobs will be disrupted.  If we work on this issue now, we can help close the digital divide, otherwise, the divide will only increase.

In just one week, Techweek’18 will be here!  On Monday 21 May at 9am in Auckland, join the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, as she opens Techweek!  There are still tickets available for the opening session so come along, it will be great to see you there.  You can also use the ticket to check out the other Innovation Open Day events around the city.  Simultaneously, throughout New Zealand, almost 500 events will be hosted in 36 towns.  The headline AgriTech event, 10 Billion Mouths, in Tauranga has attracted an international delegation of investors representing billions of dollars. There are only a few tickets left for this event, so get in quick.

Our mentoring programme ShadowTech also begins during TechWeek.  Become involved and help young girls choose a career in tech.  Listen to what past attendees say about the day and if you haven’t already signed up as mentor, please do.  Previous mentors have learnt a lot by interacting with a younger generation.  Hosting students also increases team morale and is great for brand awareness with potential future employees.

This week, finalise your Techweek schedule, there’s so much on offer!

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

CONNECT

Join FinTechNZ for their Connect Event on 16 May in Auckland.  Attend Showcasing New Zealand Tech on 17 May in Christchurch to celebrate the launch of AIFNZ’s research report.

Join TechWomen’s first Dunedin event, There’s Room – Broadening our Networks Together on 21 May.  Plus meetups in Hamilton, Christchurch and Auckland.  TechWomen’s Edwina Mistry recently spoke about mentoring in the digital era.

Join us for the official opening of Techweek’18 at the Good For the World Open Days on 21 May in Auckland.  Be inspired by local success stories at KIWITECH – Creating New Zealand Tech Stories on 22 May in Auckland.

PROMOTE

What will the future of food look like?  Find out at Techweek’s headline AgriTech event 10 Billion Mouths on 23 May in Tauranga.

Creative New Zealanders are using AI, Blockchain and AR/VR to change the way we see the world.  Learn more at Creative Realities  on 24 May in Wellington.

Meet the high tech engineers, innovators and manufacturers who are building a better world.  Learn more at The Fourth Revolution on 25 May in Christchurch.

ADVANCE

Considering an AI strategy for your organisation?   Attend AI for Business on 21 May in Wellington.  Explore opportunities to take advantage of AI now or in the future.  AI also features at Lincoln Hub’s NatureTech event on 25 May.

Brigitte Morten knows how Government works and is passionate about making NZTech’s voice heard.  Meet our newly appointed Government Relations Manager in our NZTech Q&A.  Meanwhile, submissions have reopened for the Government’s CTO role.

Registrations are still open for AmCham’s event with North American Heads of Mission on 25 May in Auckland. Register for the New Zealand Education Technology Summit, 3-4 July in Auckland and ITx, 11-13 July in Wellington.  Have your say in the Education Conversation, a quick survey on the future of education.

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NZTech Q&A: Brigitte Morten

Janine Casas
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NZTech News

Brigitte knows how Government works and is passionate about making NZTech’s voice heard.  Meet our Wellington based Government Relations Manager, Brigitte Morten.

What drives you to make a difference?
As a child, it took me a long time to realise that most families didn’t spend their weekends stacking firewood for an elderly neighbour or fundraising for a child cancer camp.  My parents taught me a valuable lesson, that looking out for others in your community should be something you strive to do daily.  I believe Government is an extension of our community and has the ability to aid, empower, obstruct and support.  However, Government will only be a positive influence when it can see and hear the people that it represents.  I am driven to help communities engage with Government, to ensure it is working for them, not the other way round.

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Aotearoa gears up for biggest tech festival ever

Janine Casas
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FinTech, NZTech News

This year’s week long festival promises to be the biggest and best ever, with nearly 480 events around the country.  Techweek’18 runs from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 May and showcases all things tech and industry specific applications.  Major headline events include Good for the World Open Days in Auckland, 10 Billion Mouths in Tauranga, Creative Realities in Wellington and The Fourth Revolution in Christchurch.

The diverse range of events highlights how technology innovation impacts businesses and industry sectors across our economy, as well as how New Zealand increasingly impacts the world with our ability to solve global problems.

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NZTech Update – Shaping A Future NZ With AI

Janine Casas
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Last week, the AI Forum released a major study about the potential for AI in New Zealand. It is available free on the AI Forum website: Artificial Intelligence: Shaping a Future New Zealand.

The report is the culmination of nearly a year’s work with research partners IDC and Sapere, examining the local and international AI landscapes and investigating potential impacts on New Zealand’s economy and society.  The report identifies key opportunities which New Zealand can invest in now to actively shape our collective future.

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NZTech Update – AI’s Impact On New Zealand!

Janine Casas
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

In case you missed it, last week, Minister Curran announced the second half of her Digital Advisory Group.  The final seven members are Amber Craig, Cathy Hardinge, Robyn Kamira, Gregory Morgan, David Moskovitz, Damon Odey and Michael Taitoko.  They join the first eight with the Chair, Frances Valintine.  Their first order of business will be to assist the Minister with the appointment of a CTO.

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NZTech Update – Beyond ICT Procurement

Janine Casas
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

Over the past few years the relationship between Government and tech has been moving from stuff they procure, to the stuff we need to get right to ensure New Zealand is prosperous.  Our relationship is no longer just about ICT spend, but conversations across multiple agencies concerning our evolution as a digital nation.  It is new opportunities, new ideas and new ways of doing things.

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NZTech Update – Cold showers and AgriTech!

Georgia Taylor
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NZTech News, NZTech Newsletter

Last week, after three days without power, I had an epiphany.  No, not that having a warm shower is a luxury you should never take for granted (although turns out you shouldn’t).  I realised that in a world becoming increasingly reliant on technology, mother nature might still have the final word!

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