Kia Ora Readers
Welcome to 2018! I know, it’s February already, but it was lovely to a have a break during summer.
Last week, I was away for a couple of days, to speak at the global launch of a Kiwi tech firm, Ecosystm, based in Singapore. Their plan is to democratise data across the global tech research market. On Friday evening, we entertained 50 people at the High Commission to pitch Techweek and encourage Singaporean entrepreneurs and tech investors to visit during May. Based on the questions I fielded, our reputation as a hi-tech nation continues to strengthen, which is great news.
On the home front, the rapid progress that Minister Curran and the Government team have been making with the search for our first New Zealand CTO is encouraging. It was pleasing to see (via a tweet from Rod Drury) that critical stakeholders are being involved in the process. An appointment will be announced, during the Minister’s opening speech, at the Digital Nation Summit later this month.
I look forward to catching up with you this month at our NZTech Connect Events in Wellington on 14 February or Auckland on 27 February. I will be discussing plans for the year ahead, including the Digital Nations Summit, AI-Day and Techweek’18. Plus, more on the findings of the recently published Digital Skills for a Digital Nation.
Enjoy the short week.