Kia ora Readers,
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 had the pleasure of joining 100 Kiwis collaboratingwith 1000 delegates from around the world at the EvokeAG conference in Melbourne. New Zealand really made an impact, identified by several speakers and investors, as having the potential to be a world leader in agritech. This was reinforced by Kiwi company CertusBIO taking out the pitch competition from some remarkable global competition. Agritech has the potential to not only create new tech export growth, it will also help grow our already successful primary export sectors.
Technology can also make a huge difference here in New Zealand as the Government finds ways to use it more effectively. Tomorrow, I am hosting the Future Government Summit in Wellington as the tech ecosystem collaborates with Government to identify ways to enable a more entrepreneurial approach to delivering solutions for citizens. This event is followed on Wednesday afternoon by a sold out Future Govtech Unconference to focus further discussion on the issues and opportunities of GovTech in New Zealand, such as building a thriving GovTech export sector. It’s amazing to see such a broad range of people and organisations come together for both of these events, looking for ways to collaborate to make New Zealand a better place.
Another impressive and almost sold out event is the Digital Skills Hui on 27 March, where 450 people will collaborate to help improve our national approach to developing the digital skills of New Zealanders. This event is designed to ensure that action gets underway to speed up the preparation of the next generation of tech workers, and on identifying ways to help current
workers develop the skills necessary for the future of work.
Meanwhile, we saw the Callaghan Innovation led Scale-Up website go live last week. This collaboration across multiple Government agencies and tech associations to identify and promote as many emerging and scaling tech firms as possible from right across New Zealand will enable the world to find our very best when it launches in April 2019. If you know any companies that should be profiled on this site please encourage them to be involved.
Finally, the preparations for possibly our nation’s biggest collaboration are underway at Techweek19, which is now open for event submissions. Last year, we helped coordinate 540 tech and innovation events during the week across 24 towns. This year we are promoting Techweek internationally as a country that creates technology that is good for the world. The week culminates in the Hi-Tech Awards which showcases the best of our best to the world. There is still time to submit an entry, don’t miss out.
So much collaboration and I haven’t even shared half of what we have underway. That will have to wait for another week!