A high-flying Kiwi tech businessman, who has possibly done more to improve trade ties with Vietnam than any other New Zealander, has been named a finalist in the Auckland University of Technology Business School Excellence awards.
During the last 12 months, NZTech has gone from strength to strength and a key success factor has been our exceptional Board. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up and that means election season is now upon us!
The 2017 Annual General Meeting will mark yet another milestone in the continued growth and strategic relevance of NZTech. The past year has seen both membership and influence continue to expand as the strategy of focusing on connecting, promoting and advancing the sector continues to progress. Here is an update and the year in review;
New Zealand Techweek, which is the biggest festival of tech events ever held in New Zealand, begins all over the country tomorrow.
The NZTech organised event will be held in 27 towns from Whangarei to Hokitika. Techweek will include tech and innovation events, conferences, school and business events.
NZTech’s vision is a prosperous New Zealand, underpinned by technology. The NZTech team is running a number of initiatives in 2017 to help achieve this.
The setup of the national fintech organisation will accelerate New Zealand’s economic growth, tech leader and software services company director Mitchell Pham says.
New Zealanders should care about fintech as an exciting new sector because electronic interactions underpin all commerce across the national economy, Pham says.
DAY 2: WELLINGTON
Wow! Another great turn-out in Wellington last night. FinTech is certainly happening in Wellington, and our guest of honour was definitely the highlight of the programme.
The Honourable Jacqui Dean – Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Minister of Small Business – spoke about how fast FinTech is growing in New Zealand, how it underpins the rest of our economy and will shape our future for all businesses large and small. She then talked about how committed the central government is as a member of this new community, as well as an active participant in the sector as both a regulator and an innovator. After that, she pronounced the New Zealand Financial Innovation and Technology Association – aka FinTechNZ – officially founded, launched, and ‘open for business’.
DAY 1: CHRISTCHURCH
Wow! What a fantastic turn-out in Canterbury last night.
FinTech is obviously important to the ‘mainland’. 🙂
We were very fortunate to deliver our first launch presentation to a highly engaged audience, as Cantabrians usually are once they get to know you in person, and have seen you around a few times. We received some really good searching questions, and some very insightful input during the Q&A / Open Feedback part of the programme. As a result, I am already updating a few things in my presentation this morning for Wellington this evening.
With the growth and diversity of NZTech’s membership base we have created a new member relations position to ensure we continue to look after our members needs.
The primary purpose of this role is to develop, maintain and expand the growing number of non-traditional NZTech members. With the expansion of the NZTech Communities to include EdTech, FinTech and other focused groups such as IoT, the NZTech membership has expanded to include banks, airlines and other large corporations that have a growing interest in tech.
On the lookout for experienced tech talent this year? NZTech has collaborated with Workhere New Zealand, WREDA and Immigration New Zealand to attract senior experience tech talent to New Zealand. LookSee Wellington is a world-first global talent attraction programme, offering top tech talent the ultimate career trip.
In May, LookSee Wellington will bring 100 pre-screened candidates from around the world to Wellington (flights and accommodation included!) for a series of pre-arranged job interviews and unique local experiences.
This programme is open to all businesses and there is no participation cost, unless a hire is made. So, if you are a Wellington business on the hunt for mid-senior level tech staff, visit LookSee Wellington to get involved. Also, check out the FAQ’s for employers.
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