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NZTech Update – Growing the tech sector

Georgia Taylor
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Kia Ora

I hear the pending decision of New Zealand’s CTO is close, so all things going well, I expect we should learn of the appointment soon, as the Minister did promise to appoint by the beginning of August.  Regardless of who is appointed, I’m looking forward to working with the new CTO, as the focus areas for the role – reducing the growing digital divide and growing the tech sector – are both highly important for NZTech and our members.  Neither of these can be solved by just one person, so hopefully we find ourselves with an engaging and inclusive CTO to help lead the charge.

Tomorrow, I am in Wellington attending the Digital Skills Forum as we continue to gain momentum on the challenges of placing interns and preparing more work ready graduates for tech roles.  The survey about internships closes tomorrow so please help us help you and share your thoughts about internships here. It’s quick and is taking on average, only three minutes to complete.

I’m looking forward to meeting our newly elected NZTech board members next week at our AGM.  The AGM is always a great time to pause and reflect on the past years work.  This morning, as I was finalising my presentation slides it was encouraging to see over 90 percent growth rate in representation.  Please don’t forget to register to attend the AGM on 26 July in Auckland.  Come along and meet the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group.

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

CONNECT

Join FinTechNZ for their winter Connect Event series on 1 August in Auckland and 2 August Wellington.  In the wake of global banking issues FinTechNZ’s  James Brown calls for more transparency locally.

Join CanterburyTech on 7 August in Christchurch.
Join EdTechNZ on 25 July in Wellington for The Future of Education is Now panel discussion and a tour of Te Papa’s H?n?tore Learning Lab.

How should board directors be preparing for AI driven change? Attend The Impact of AI on Governance on 23 July in Christchurch.  Join the AI Forum Connect Events on 24 July in Wellington, 7 August in Auckland and 8 August in Christchurch.

PROMOTE

NZSA is seeking expressions of interest for their annual An Angel at my Table five minute angel investor pitch competition.   Entries close 20 July.  The pitching event is 14 August in Auckland.

Did you miss the headline events at Techweek’18? Watch the presentations from the Fourth Revolution, Creative Realities, 10 Billion Mouths and more from Techweek TV here.

Meet the next wave of startups at Massey’s ecentre Innovation Showcase on 18 July in Auckland.  Attend the ChristchurchNZ 2018 Hi-Growth Launch Programme on 24 July.

ADVANCE

Applications are open for the fourth cohort  to join Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF). Applications close on 2 September, apply before 1 August for early bird pricing. The Flux Accelerator is also accepting applications for its third cohort.

Entries for the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Awards (NZSEA) close 27 July.  Attend NZGDC18  in Auckland 1-3 August.  Save the date for the New Zealand FinTech Summit 2018 on 29 November in Auckland.

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NZTech Update – An eco taste of the future!

Georgia Taylor
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Kia Ora

Today I am at the Board meeting for AgriTech New Zealand.  It is interesting times for the primary sector as they face unprecedented change.

The recent announcement by Air New Zealand that they are offering meat free burgers on flights has been a case study in missing the point.  With politicians and meat industry bodies lobbying Air New Zealand to remove the burgers, it reminds me of other eras when incumbents thought they could halt change.  This is best captured in the seminal book Innovators Dilemma by Harvard’s Clayton Christensen.  The point they are missing is that Air New Zealand are responding to customers.

Meat substitutes might not conquer the world, but there is no denying that the technology is improving and demand is increasing.  While meat substitutes are making headlines, the big opportunity for New Zealand is environmental. As food demand increases so does farming intensification, which is taking an enormous toll on our planet.  By comparison, plant based meat alternatives use far less land, water and create less greenhouse emissions.  As our agritech sector comes together I am optimistic that we can re-think the way we develop, seed, cultivate, and harvest food in New Zealand.

From Wednesday, I will be in Wellington at ITx, a collaboration of 12 tech-focused conferences, focused on innovation, technology and education.  I hope to see you there.

One last reminder, if you have ever considered an intern, or even if you haven’t, please complete the Digital Skills Forum survey, so we can help improve the flow of talent into tech roles.  The average time to complete the survey has been three minutes.

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech
PS: Don’t forget to register to attend our AGM on 26 July in Auckland.

CONNECT

Network with NZSA tomorrow in Auckland.  Join the AI Forum on 24 July in Wellington, 7 August in Auckland and 8 August in Christchurch.

Join FinTechNZ next month in Auckland and Wellington.  Also, save the date for the New Zealand FinTech Summit 2018 on 29 November in Auckland.

Join EdTechNZ on 25 July in Wellington for The Future of Education is Now panel discussion and a tour of Te Papa’s H?n?tore Learning Lab.

PROMOTE

Thank you to everyone who completed our recent membership survey.  Your feedback helps us better understand your needs. Congratulations to Anthony McMahon! You are now the owner of a brand new HP ENVY laptop.

Register to attend Massey’s ecentre Innovation Showcase on 18 July in Auckland and meet the next wave of startups.  Tickets are now available for NZGDC18  in Auckland 1-3 August.

Register to attend the 2018 AmCham DHL Express Success and Innovation Awards on 16 August in Auckland.  Also attend Four Disciplines of Execution with Chris McChesney on 10 September in Auckland.

ADVANCE

Last week NZBio rebranded as BIOTechNZ and joined  the New Zealand Tech Alliance.  Launching this month, 100TechWomen, featuring a collection of inspiring stories from New Zealand’s brightest tech talent.  Also, read how AI and IoT are changing the local dairy sector.

Help grow our tech talent pipeline. Register your internship listing with Summer of Tech before 31 July for maximum student attention.   Don’t forget, the Digital Skills Forum wants to know how you work with digital tech interns.  Please complete this quick survey before 15 July.

Entries for the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Awards (NZSEA) close 27 July.  Finalists will be announced on  5 September.  Register to attend the Awards Event on 17 October in Wellington.  CERT’s Cyber Smart Week has been confirmed for 8-12 October and a small businesses campaign begins on 30 July.

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NZTech Update – Igniting the future with digital readiness

Jackie Clark
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I think it’s time to have another rant about education!  Recently, I have been to meetings and events where a recurring theme has emerged – the looming skills shortage.  Just last week at the Woodflow Conference, I was asked how organisations can help their staff learn new skills on this digital journey. Are schools teaching kids these digital skills?  At the workshop for developing a national cybersecurity strategy, it was also asked if kids are learning cybersecurity at school.  The answer for most schools is no, not yet, but it is critical if we want a safe and prosperous country!

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NZTech Update – Real barriers to tech uptake

Georgia Taylor
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Tomorrow I am in Rotorua speaking at the Woodflow WoodTech Conference. My brief is to provide a holistic view of how rapidly changing technology is changing the way we do business. As I dusted off an exponential technology presentation that I delivered two years ago, it was quite amazing to review the predictions.

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NZTech Update – Supporting digital transformation

Georgia Taylor
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Kia Ora

Today I completed my 169th consecutive day of running as I near the half way point of the ‘365 day challenge’, an attempt to run every single day this year.  It takes a lot of commitment to get up every morning for a run, no matter the weather or where you are.  Everywhere I look across the New Zealand tech ecosystem, I see this sort of commitment and it makes me proud to be a Kiwi.

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NZTech Update – Maximising tech sector potential

Georgia Taylor
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Kia Ora

Even though last week was a short week, it was still a busy one.  It was great to get together with many of the country’s EDAs to start thinking about Techweek’19 and share notes on what we are all doing to help increase the uptake of technology throughout New Zealand.

MBIE was also represented and we received a brief update on the progress of the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group, or DEDIMAG, if you like acronyms.  This large group has formed focused working groups to work on digital inclusion, maximising the potential of the tech sector, building the digital capability of non-tech businesses, digital connectivity and adapting to technological disruption.  On the subject of the appointment of the new CTO, apparently there has been another large response of quality applicants and further announcements on the process are imminent.

The highlight of the week was spending time with the team at Xero and learning about their Small Business Insights. More than 300,000 Kiwi subscribers rely on Xero to manage their finances every day.  Xero have created an analytics platform that aggregates anonymised data to show the most accurate picture of New Zealand’s business conditions available in the market, updated every month and available for free.  Plus they are happy to work with policy makers to find ways to use the data to help New Zealand succeed.  For example, 14.2% of firms that have adopted Xero are construction firms.  Xero Small Business Insights has found that construction firms that adopt at least one additional piece of cloud software to help manage their business are 33% more profitable.  This is a massive asset for New Zealand, as it is now possible to identify ways to support the growth of our SMEs.

Finally, we have started preparation for this year’s AGM and new Board member nominations.  A large part of the success of NZTech over the past few years has been the large, active and diverse Board.  If you think you’ve got what we are looking for to help NZTech create a prosperous New Zealand underpinned by technology, visit our site to learn more.  We are now seeking NZTech Board nominations.

Ng? mihi
Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

PS:  Read our full submission on the R&D tax credits here.

CONNECT

Join NZSA tomorrow in Auckland for Pushing Boundaries with Danu Abeysuriya, founder of innovative digital engineering studio, Rush Digital.

Join the FinTechNZ delegation to London FinTech Week, 6-13 July.  Attend the 2018 CanterburyTech Summit on 12 September.  Registrations are now open.  Missed the Hi-Tech Awards?  Watch the highlights.

Watch the preview and attend the CIO Summit this week 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.

PROMOTE

Visit Fieldays in Hamilton also this week.  Innovation remains the cornerstone of the event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.  Attend the ProteinTECH conference on 24 July in Auckland.

Attend Digital breaths: the benefits of bio-engineering in Palmerston North on 19 June, Napier on 20 June, Wellington on 21 June, Nelson on 26 June, Christchurch on 27 June, Dunedin on 28 June and Wanaka on 29 June.

Join the Ally Skills Workshop on 15 June in Wellington.  Attend the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards gala dinner on 21 June in Auckland.  Hear AI Forum’s Ben Reid at the IoT Waikato Future Tech meetup on 26 June in Hamilton.

ADVANCE

Our AGM is soon and that means election season is upon us!  We are now seeking NZTech Board nominations.  In other news, Banqer’s Kendall Flutey says teachers need to be better paid for the tech revolution.

Join MAHUKI, the culture tech accelerator powered by Te Papa.  Apply now for the 2018 intake, applications close 4 July and the programme begins 14 August.

Have your say in the NCEA review.  There’s still time to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the NZBN RegisterEHF have launched a new website and are now accepting applications for a new cohort.

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NZTech Update – Building A Digital Economy

Jackie Clark
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Last Friday, submissions for feedback on the proposed R&D tax credits were due.  For several years NZTech has been encouraging the introduction of some form of R&D tax credit system.  However this is in the context of being an additional method of stimulating R&D and not as a complete replacement to growth grants.  Unfortunately, the proposed solution will create a situation where previous recipients of growth grants will receive less when transitioned to tax credits.  Additionally, for several years, NZTech has been encouraging a review of how R&D is defined, particularly with respect to software development and high growth technology firms. The impact of the proposed system on startups was detailed by Nat Torkington last week (read here) and again by Toby Littin in another article (read here).

As a result, NZTech has placed a submission recommending that the consultation process also provides the opportunity for the Government to undertake a full review of R&D incentives on software, startups and high growth hi-tech firms.  We will continue to raise these issues and will keep you posted.

Last week, Minister Curran announced an accelerated timetable to rollout rural broadband to help close the digital divide.  Its aim is to ensure everyone can benefit from the jobs and access that a digital future brings, regardless of what part of New Zealand they live in.   The Minister also announced that she was travelling to Singapore this week to attend an international conference on building a digital economy and digital transformation with Ministers and high level government officials from around the world.  Let’s hope she brings back a few good ideas from other countries to share with her new Chief technology Officer who should be in place by July.

This week, I will be in Auckland attending the Techweek’18 debrief, an AI Forum event, the monthly Digital Skills Forum meeting, the quarterly Economic Development Agencies tech strategy meeting and weather permitting, my eight year old daughter’s cross country event.

Have a great week.

Ng? mihi

Graeme Muller
CEO
NZTech

CONNECT

Join NZSA on 12 June in Auckland for Pushing Boundaries with Danu Abeysuriya, founder of innovative digital engineering studio, Rush Digital.

InsurTechNZ next meets on 7 June in Auckland to discuss Customers and Data – Shaping the Future, including AI and privacy.  Join FinTechNZ on a delegation to London FinTech Week, 6-13 July.

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.

PROMOTE

Last week, NZ Hi-Tech Awards double winner Angie Judd of Dexibit highlighted the importance of mentoring when she spoke at ShadowTech in Auckland.  Diversity is the cornerstone of success, she says.

Attend Burn Your Brochures, a digital marketing workshop for hi-tech companies on 26 June in Auckland.  Save the date for the 2018 CanterburyTech Summit!  This year on 12 September, registrations open soon.

ADVANCE

Read CERT NZ’s Quarter One 2018 report.  More than 500 incidents were reported, with those aged over 55 years of age reporting highest losses.  CERT will receive an additional $3.9 million over four years as part of Budget 2018.

Congratulations to NZTech and FinTechNZ’s Chair, Mitchell Pham who is receiving a Kea World Class New Zealand Award.  He is joined by Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Soul Machine’s Mark Sagar.  Attend the gala dinner on 21 June in Auckland.

Have your say in the NCEA review.  There’s still time to provide feedback on the proposed changes to the NZBN Register and the Open Data Charter Refresh.  Applications for Massey University’s Sprint Launch for tech startups close on 11 June.

Check out UpStarters, the New Zealand Tech and Innovation story.

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NZTech Update – UpStarters and Tech Wins!

Janine Casas
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How amazing was Techweek’18? I hope you were involved, either attending an event, watching TechweekTV or one of the many webcasts.  Last week, Techweek’18 hosted 538 tech and innovations events across 36 towns, connecting tens of thousands of Kiwis to the potential of our future.  Techweek connected international investors to the potential of our hi-tech growth companies and celebrated success at the Hi-Tech Awards.

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NZTech Update – Techweek Is Here!

Janine Casas
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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.

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NZTech Update – Countdown is on!

Georgia Taylor
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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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