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This week I have decided to stay in Auckland as there is plenty to be done, with only a few weeks until Techweek.
On Tuesday, I am on a panel at the HGM Thought Leader event. This event for HGM customers, it will focus on how well equipped we are to take advantage of rapidly emerging technologies and compete on the world stage. In February, very similar discussions emerged at the Digital Nations Summit and, as typical, in our very Kiwi way we questioned ourselves. On the first day, we considered other countries as the tech leaders. However, at the start of day two Ian Taylor took to the stage to remind us how well New Zealand and New Zealanders do on the world stage when it comes to technology. Watch his 5 minute presentation if you want a quick reminder of how good we are at this stuff.
If you missed the event or want to see part of it again, there is so much good content on the Digital Nation Summit website. Check out the videos and photos. A full write up is underway capturing all of the highlights, actions, recommendations, tweets and insights of the event. This should be available in May.
On Wednesday, I am spending time with NZTech Board member and a man of many good ideas, Robett Hollis. Check out his Linkedin Daily, a social business show released daily, Monday to Friday, discussing all things media, tech and more. Robett knows the power of social media and I will learn plenty from him.
Have an awesome week
Applications closing on 15 April: Vodafone Xone Accelerator and New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura Awards. Applications closing 20 April: Payments NZ Fintech Innovation Challenge and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.
I hope you had a great Easter. I managed to squeeze in plenty of fun with the family including time at the beach, mountain biking, BBQs and about 100 Easter eggs!
I was preparing this week’s update yesterday and decided to include a note from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) about the opportunity for firms to participate in the beta phase of the New Zealand Government Marketplace for Cloud Services. The Marketplace is designed to simplify how the Government buys ICT and lower the barriers for suppliers to provide cloud services. If you would like to promote your services as part of the beta test, check out the opportunity on GETS.
While working on this, I noticed that the Government has awarded the development of the actual Marketplace to a Serbian company, Bal Lab. While I support careful spending of tax payer’s money and ensuring the best possible solution is selected by the Government, it feels like an unusual choice.
Given this major tech project has gone to an offshore firm, I decided to check on the balance between local and international suppliers. The Government publish a breakdown of ICT suppliers on the ICT.govt.nz site. I was surprised to learn that 76% of DIA all-of-government contracts are held by local firms and 60% of spending is going to local firms. This is a good balance. While we need international IP entering the country, we also need to support the economic development opportunity from the growth of local tech firms.
As a member of the D7 (the seven most digital governments) we are a building a global reputation as a centre for GovTech excellence. NZTech is currently collaborating with the Government and leading participants in GovTech to help develop a centre of gravity for GovTechNZ to help connect, promote and advance GovTech opportunities in New Zealand, around the world. Watch this space.
Enjoy the short week and lastly, congratulations to all the NZTech members who were announced as finalists last week for this year’s Hi-Tech Awards. Good luck!
Applications for the Vodafone Xone Accelerator close 15 April. Also New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura Awards. The Payments NZ Fintech Innovation Challenge is accepting entries till 20 April.
CERT’s latest quarterly report has been released with reported losses of $3.4m; more than double the previous quarter. A growing interest in cryptocurrencies is also contributing to an increase in scams.
Last Thursday, on International Women’s Day, I joined the TechWomen lunch in Auckland. Simultaneously, TechWomen hosted events in Wellington and Christchurch. More than 250 people joined in on the discussions. The inspirational speakers at each event also shared their stories of how they have made diversity count.
This Thursday, it is International Women’s Day and I’ve been considering the global shortage of tech skills and the fact that in most countries, somewhere between 20-26% of tech workers are female. In New Zealand that number is only 23%.
This week, it’s all go! I’m in Christchurch tomorrow to attend the Canterbury Tech event, then the quarterly NZTech/EDA meeting, following by an NZTech Connect Event in Wellington on Wednesday. On Thursday, our TechLeaders Executive host Minister Curran for lunch. Sprinkled in between flights and meetings there will be very little time left for emails!
Welcome to 2018! I know, it’s February already, but it was lovely to a have a break during summer.
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