NZTech Update – Fuelling the future with AI!

Georgia Taylor
NZTech Newsletter

Hi Readers

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.

Meanwhile, emerging technologies like AI are creating a window of opportunity for women in tech.  A recent global research project has found 22,000 AI specialists in the world but only 85 here in New Zealand.  NZTech and the AI Forum will be looking at how to ensure that as we develop local AI talent, we bring as many women, as men along on the journey.  If you aren’t already booked to attend, check out the AI-Day event.

This week, I am looking forward to the National Science Challenge Technology Leaders’ Mission Lab.   It’s a full day workshop of technology thought leaders considering the future direction of New Zealand’s hi-tech sector.  This workshop will help inform the future focus and investment of the National Science Challenge Science for Technological Innovation.

Later this week, we get down to business with another member of the Tech Alliance, the NZGDA, to look at building a deeper understanding of the New Zealand Game Developers sector.

Have a great week
All the best

Graeme Muller


Join NZSA on 13 March in Auckland for Creating Great Teams – How Self-Selection Lets People Excel.  Attend the Future City Activator, 16-18 March in Christchurch.

Join BANZ for a panel discussion on 14 March in Auckland.  Hear how businesses are using Blockchain, plus opportunities and challenges for future Blockchain adoption.

Join NZVRARA for 3D Scanning Asset Acquisition for VR in Auckland today.  Attend the T-Tech Transport Innovation Conference in Auckland 19-20


Read MYOB’s report on Women in Tech.  Meet our newly appointed executive director, Edwina Mistry and follow @TechWomenNZ on Twitter.

Join Callaghan Innovation’s Internet of Manufacturing Trek 2018 in June.  Also, meet the Kiwi world leaders in nanofibre production.

Techweek’18 has announced a headline event in Christchurch, The Fourth Revolution.  Also, our AgriTech ecosystem is finding sustainable ways to feed the world.


A series of workshops have been scheduled following #AIDay18, on 29 March.  Take a deep dive into tech platforms and methodology using AI.  Check out all the workshops here

The New Zealand Government Marketplace for cloud services is ready for beta testing and they are seeking the first 30 suppliers. If you would like to be part of the test group to present your capabilities, visit GETS.

Entries for the 2018 Hi-Tech Awards have now closed.  Register for entrant events in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington on 28 March.  Save these dates; Alumni event 24 May and the Gala Dinner 25 May.

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