08 July 2019
Last week, the Government announced a pivot to Industry Transformation Plans. This is a new approach to industry policy, aimed at growing more innovative industries in New Zealand and lifting the productivity of our key sectors. According to MBIE, the plans will be industry led and Government supported. The new priority sectors identified are: Food/Beverage, Agritech, … Continue reading "NZTech Inform – Growing Innovation With Agritech"
01 July 2019
Kia ora Readers Currently, there is quite a lot happening in the world of Government regarding to tech. Tomorrow morning the revised 2019 New Zealand Cyber Security Strategy is launched by Minister Faafoi. After a budget commitment of $2 million it will be interesting to see how it will be spent. In October, NZTech is hosting the New … Continue reading "NZTech Inform – Adapting To New Cybersecurity Risks"
24 June 2019
Kia ora Readers, Last week, I spent quite a bit of time with different members of the Tech Alliance. Working with more than 20 tech associations and over 800 members constantly reinforces how wide ranging New Zealand’s capability and success is across tech. I joined James Brown from FinTechNZ in a presentation to a Parliamentary select committee about FinTech and … Continue reading "NZTech Inform – Emerging Tech Opportunities"
17 June 2019
Kia ora readers, Last week, we were expecting some exciting announcements from AgriTech New Zealand at their Agritech Unleashed event at Fieldays. However, I wasn’t expecting to hear from Minister O’Connor that the Government was putting $20 million into an AgriTech fund! While this wasn’t a formal announcement, it is probably referring to allocating a portion of the $300 … Continue reading "NZTech Inform – Agritech Unleashed!"
The past week I have been in the Netherlands eating pannekoeken (pancakes), cycling on fietsen (bikes) around the canals and meeting people in the tech sector.
10 June 2019
After a crazy busy Techweek it was wonderful to have last week off with the family to visit old friends in Amsterdam.
04 June 2019
last weekend I was asked what I thought the best Techweek event was. It was an impossible question to answer when there were so many amazing things happening. Chatting with the incredibly excited kids and parents from Manurewa High School and Clendon Park School who were involved in designing the Vector Lights display on the harbour bridge on Monday was a buzz.
27 May 2019
Techweek19 is here! Everything you need to know is in our update.
20 May 2019
This morning, I am attending another Future of Work Tripartite Forum strategic session with representatives from across Government, the business community and unions. Every time I am involved with the Tripartite Forum I realise just how incredibly diverse everyone’s take is on what the future could look like and what is most important.
13 May 2019