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NZTech Update – The year in review…

Jackie Clark
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How exciting, only a few more days until a well earned rest. Last week, I was preparing a note for an organisation considering joining NZTech, when I realised just how much we have accomplished recently. That’s when it occurred to me we should share this with everyone! It has been a big year and we have accomplished great work with the support of our members. NZTech is completely funded by memberships, so I sincerely encourage you and your organisation to join the NZTech family. Without the support of paying members, none of this would have happened.

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NZTech Update – Future leaders, Canterbury growth and how to win in 2017

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Last week, in Wellington, we attended NZTech’s end of year drinks and celebrated the launch of FLINT (Future Leaders in Technology). These young people were inspiring, energetic, keen to network and will ultimately be future leaders of New Zealand’s technology sector. I was impressed with the 50/50 gender split as many IT events are male orientated, which is not surprising given that women make up only 23% of those employed in IT occupations. Next year, I encourage you to be more involved and support NZTech’s initiatives NZTech Women, Shadow Tech Day and nominate women for awards like the 2017 NZ Hi Tech Awards.

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NZTech Update – Al, global impact and cybersecurity skills shortage

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Recently, I attended the IBM World of Watson Conference in Las Vegas. I was there to assess advances in cognitive computing (AI) and determine how we can better integrate such modernized technology into the New Zealand ecosystem. What struck me most revolved around the use of cognitive computing to distil useful information from big data. This type of data-to-outcome crunching means we can make huge improvements to not only retail, logistics and supply chain management, but also city services, social welfare and security. We now have the tools to better adapt our products, services and support to fit the exact the needs of each market, as the market needs it. Unfortunately, the adoption of cognitive computing is slow-going, but it doesn’t have to be in a place like New Zealand.

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NZTech Update – Celebrating tech and innovation in 2017

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Next May, with the support of numerous passionate people from a variety of tech communities, government agencies and cities throughout New Zealand, NZTech will deliver Techweek’17. Techweek is a week-long celebration of tech and innovation. It is a national festival of hundreds of independently run events curated as a cohesive experience. Right now at techweek.co.nz we are accepting expressions of interest for any event, community or organisation that might like to host an activity during Techweek’17.

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NZTech Update: Digital disruption, exponential tech and education

Jackie Clark
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Last Monday, during the opening presentation at the Singularity Summit in Christchurch, Kaila Colbin hardly missed a beat as an aftershock rumbled through the arena, shaking up the 1500 guests.  It was the first of many shake ups.  We heard from global experts about the latest in artificial intelligence, digital biology, energy, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, education, space, crime and the future of work.  The message is very clear.  Each of these domains is undergoing a massive disruption and our future prosperity as a nation depends on our ability to understand and adapt fast.  Every presentation was mind expanding, but my personal highlight was a hard hitting look at the future of education from one of New Zealand’s own leaders, Sue Suckling.  As Chair of both NZQA and Callaghan Innovation, the last thing I expected from her were quotes like, “the day of the qualification is over” and “my day will be made when we have the Bunsen burner on the NZQA butt to drive change”.  Encouraging to know one of our leaders in this space understands the urgency and is working within the system to drive much needed change.

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NZTech Update – FinTechNZ, NZTech Women and Techweek 17!

Jackie Clark
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Recently, I attended the launch of the Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator. In his opening address, Minister Joyce highlighted the tech sector’s rapid growth and how digital disruption is making a large contribution to our strengthening economy. The Wellington based Kiwibank FinTech Accelerator, will initially fund and support 10 start-ups to build, launch and expand products in global markets. As Minister Joyce acknowledged, high growth start-ups are key contributors to the Governments goals for growing R&D, exports and making the most of the digital economy. One of my favourite quotes from the night was from Anna Guenther, CEO and founder of PledgeMe, “it should be less about the technology and more about the people, enhancing the community and be seamless. You shouldn’t see technology, it’s just what you do.”

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NZTech Update – Growing alliances, diversity and connections

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The technology sector in New Zealand continues to grow rapidly and is a key enabler and accelerator on all fronts for the rest of the economy. I am very fortunate to be part of it and humbled by the latest opportunity to make a difference. First and foremost, our Deputy Chair Rachel Kelly and I would like to acknowledge the hard work and successes contributed by the previous Chair of NZTech, Bennett Medary. In our new roles, we are fortunate to inherit a top-performing team of board members, CEO Graeme Muller, advisors and staff.

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NZTech Update – Wynyard, angel investors and digital curricula

Jackie Clark
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The big news this week was Wynyard Group going into voluntary administration. As was expected by us tall poppy knocking kiwi’s, headlines and talkback all centred around the word “failure”. Suddenly, the general population is using phrases like “another pumped up New Zealand tech IPO” and “lesson learnt, avoid tech software firms investing in the sales curve”. To the many journalists I talked to this week my message was very clear. While this is bad news for Wynyard, staff and investors, it is actually a sign of a healthy, high growth market. The best tech markets in the world, like Silicon Valley and Israel, leverage experiences like this to go onto bigger and better things. Unfortunately, this isn’t as exciting as slamming the hard working managers and looking for scapegoats and not one journalist I spoke to, thought it worth a mention!

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NZTech Update – NZTech strategy, advocacy and Digital Skills Forum

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Last week, at the annual NZTech strategy day, the NZTech Board confirmed the continuation of the NZTech Strategy which is to connect tech firms and communities so that we can build scale, ensuring technology has a strong voice in New Zealand. With this growing voice we aim to promote the importance of technology and the tech sector, and how New Zealand is a leading digital nation. Our advocacy work underpins this, focussing on helping the economy and tech sector grow.

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NZTech Update – Cyber security takes centre stage

Jackie Clark
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Cyber security was top of mind at Connect Smart Week, led by the Government’s National Cyber Policy Office and launched last Monday by Communications Minister Amy Adams. This year, the focus was on cyber security in the workplace, engaging New Zealand employers in educating their staff, and providing tools and courses to help employees stay safe online.

Colmar Brunton released research showing that only 17% of those surveyed had received cyber security awareness training from their employer. Not knowing what steps to take was identified as the biggest barrier for those who do not proactively manage their cyber security.

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