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Like most New Zealanders, I’m still shocked and reeling in disbelief at the events that occurred in Christchurch. My sincerest condolences to those who have lost family and friends in Friday’s attacks.
Over the weekend, I’ve read analysis of the alleged killer’s social media presence, including his live-streaming of the most violent act we have ever experienced in New Zealand. Questions are rightly being asked about how this act was not anticipated by intelligence services and how he could live-stream such an atrocity.
You may not realise it, but as a country, we are doing a pretty good job of attracting world class talent to New Zealand. In 2017, we were involved with LookSee Wellington, a campaign promoting tech jobs in Wellington. The campaign attracted 1.6 million website visits and 48,000 applications for 100 jobs. Last week, the LookSee teamlaunched LookSee Tech, timing the first cohort to arrive in May for Techweek. In the first 24 hours, 800 applications were received from around the world. Check out the LookSee Tech site if you’re looking for talent and find out how to get involved.
One evening last week, I watched my nine year old daughter complete a maths challenge in Mathletics (a great local EdTech success story), before switching to the Duolingo app for her daily Spanish lesson. While she was doing this, I was contemplating the numerous opportunities available to her. At the same time, I wondered how difficult it is for children who don’t have the same access and what can be done to help change this.
There seems to be real momentum developing across New Zealand, as people and organisations collaborate, to help ensure our country is ready to make the most of the digital era. Across the Tech Alliance we are helping prepare future generations for the digital work force, helping startups find winding, promoting our most successful tech firms to the world and partnering with Government to develop policy and programmes to support and enable it all.
Last week, I caught up with the NZ Hi-Tech Awards team as we work to integrate the awards as part of the Tech Alliance. The Hi-Tech Awards have been going for many years identifying, recognising and showcasing our best local tech firms. Both finalists and winners have been able to leverage the recognition to help their businesses grow, so I can’t recommend highly enough the opportunity to get involved. There are only two weeks until entries close on 4 March. Check out the categories, submit your entry and take a punt! There is also an opportunity for multi-nationals to be involved by showcasing their contribution to the New Zealand tech sector.
On Friday, the Prime Minister made her first economic speech for 2019 and shared the five priorities for her Wellbeing Budget. The Government’s position is that while economic growth is important, it alone, does not guarantee improvements to New Zealanders living standards. To help align Ministers and departments, they have all been asked to consider their contribution to the delivery of a set of budget priorities.
In January, I was in Hong Kong building connections with their tech sector and investors as there is growing interest in the market from New Zealand tech firms. With a separate legal system to China, good intellectual property protection and a tough anti-corruption force, Hong Kong provides a safe entry point into North Asia for Kiwi tech firms. The Hong Kong government has also committed NZD$10 billion investment into supporting the growth of their local tech sector and New Zealand businesses can access some of this funding to help set up and grow from Hong Kong. Plus, it is an amazing place to visit, check out my helicopter ride courtesy of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office (HKETO). If you are interested in Hong Kong and considering doing business in China or North Asia, please contact me as I have made numerous contacts with investors, government agencies, universities, cyberport and the science park.
This week is your last opportunity to have your say on the proposed R&D tax credits bill with submissions closing on 14 December. Your feedback is needed so please don’t be one of those who complain about it in hindsight. Instead, just click the link and write a couple of lines about what is important for your business. If you have an interest in a software business or a high growth pre-profit business, the proposed bill may not be ideal. So, take a moment to help the Government understand how your business works and how to better define software research and development.
At the Digital Nations Summit in February, we hosted five future focused forums bringing together tech leaders, international experts, government agencies, Ministers and NGO’s to workshop the impact of technology on our economy and society. Separate forums discussed Future of Education and the Workforce, Future Health, Future Finance, Future Production and Future Society. Each forum identified the vital requirements to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all Kiwis. However, there was only one issue that spanned every single forum – digital identity.
One thing about technology is that if you know what you’re doing, it helps you find an awesome bargain! Driven by massive discounts, Black Friday sales may have reached $23 billion in the US, but here in New Zealand Black Friday sales didn’t live up to the hype with many retailers running regular discounts. There was also plenty of online chatter about firms advertising large discounts, with their ‘sale’ prices untruthfully higher than if you’d bought a week earlier!
However, with a little research and the help of local price comparison websites, I did find just the bargain I was looking for. I am now the proud owner of a brand new BBQ, but this is when the fun really started…
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