Last week was particularly busy. It began with the Board meeting for the relaunched Blockchain Association and finished with Blockworks, which is the best blockchain event I have ever attended.
During the week I also attended the Board meeting for BIOTechNZ and later listened to Minister Parker share his extensive biotech experience and hopes for biotech in New Zealand. As a country we are on the cusp of a biotech production surge.
The week also included a meeting with major participants in the FoodTech space as some of the major food producers, food innovation networks, universities and local/central governments came together to start building a strong, national ecosystem.
Momentum is also building in Wellington with GovTech. I met with a burgeoning group who are creating an inclusive, neutral group for GovTech, however there are still more critical stakeholders needed around the table. By working together with a Government that has proven its desire to be agile and do things differently we can collaborate to improve the way technology is procured and help agencies design innovative new services for citizens. Ideally, we can also sell some of these offerings into the rapidly growing $600 billion GovTech market.
With initiatives like the Lightning Lab GovTech Accelerator, the new Government Marketplace and service innovation labs it is clear there is desire to do something better throughout the New Zealand Government and tech sector. However, occasionally we still see procurement processes or RFP’s that resemble times of old. IT Professionals, NZRise and NZTech continue to work in close partnership with DIA’s GCDO team and the MBIE procurement team to improve the efficiencies and fairness of the system. Please remember, we can only address what we are told about, so if you come across something that isn’t working well, make sure you let us know.
This week’s highlight will be the Cyber Security Summit in Wellington that we are hosting with our event partner Conferenz. The recent CERT report shows that cyber threats are continuing to grow, so the conference brings the experts together to share best practice. I hope to see you there.