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

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – Future leaders, Canterbury growth and how to win in 2017"
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NZTech Update – Al, global impact and cybersecurity skills shortage

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – Al, global impact and cybersecurity skills shortage"
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NZTech Update – Celebrating tech and innovation in 2017

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – Celebrating tech and innovation in 2017"
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NZTech Update: Digital disruption, exponential tech and education

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update: Digital disruption, exponential tech and education"
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NZTech Update – FinTechNZ, NZTech Women and Techweek 17!

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – FinTechNZ, NZTech Women and Techweek 17!"
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NZTech Update – Wynyard, angel investors and digital curricula

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – Wynyard, angel investors and digital curricula"
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NZTech Update – NZTech strategy, advocacy and Digital Skills Forum

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – NZTech strategy, advocacy and Digital Skills Forum"
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NZTech Update – Cyber security takes centre stage

Hi Readers 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 … Continue reading "NZTech Update – Cyber security takes centre stage"