NZTech Update – Have your say on R&D

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech Newsletter

Kia Ora,

This week is your last opportunity to have your say on the proposed R&D tax credits bill with submissions closing on 14 December. Your feedback is needed so please don’t be one of those who complain about it in hindsight. Instead, just click the link and write a couple of lines about what is important for your business. If you have an interest in a software business or a high growth pre-profit business, the proposed bill may not be ideal. So, take a moment to help the Government understand how your business works and how to better define software research and development.

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International acquisitions sign of Kiwi tech success

Chantal Thomas
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Media Release, NZTech News

New Zealand tech firms have produced continued growth in offshore business throughout 2018, NZTech Graeme Muller says.

Australia continues to offer plenty of opportunity for New Zealand businesses for growth through acquisition and Kiwis saw at least three tech acquisitions in the past year including global Kiwi fintech business, Transaction Services Group, making yet another fintech acquisition in Australia.

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110,000 Kiwis in tech jobs; more expected in 2019

Chantal Thomas
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NZTech News, Skills & Talent

New Zealand, rated by the World Bank as the best country in the world to do business with, is still seeing massive and unprecedented growth in the high-paid tech sector.

The number of tech sector jobs continues to grow rapidly, with 2830 new jobs created in 2017 and an estimated additional 3200 in 2018, making the tech sector easily the fastest growing in New Zealand, NZTech head Graeme Muller says.

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NZTech Update – Ensuring safe digital identity for everyone

Chantal Thomas
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Kia Ora

At the Digital Nations Summit in February, we hosted five future focused forums bringing together tech leaders, international experts, government agencies, Ministers and NGO’s to workshop the impact of technology on our economy and society. Separate forums discussed Future of Education and the Workforce, Future Health, Future Finance, Future Production and Future Society. Each forum identified the vital requirements to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all Kiwis. However, there was only one issue that spanned every single forum – digital identity.

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Kiwis starting to embrace digital identity

Jackie Clark
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Media Release

NZTech will launch New Zealand’s first formal digital identity organisation in Auckland on Monday.

Digital Identity NZ, a group of organisations and government agencies, has been set up to connect everyone in New Zealand that cares about digital identity.

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NZTech Update – Dreaming of kitset assembly robots!

Jackie Clark
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Kia Ora

One thing about technology is that if you know what you’re doing, it helps you find an awesome bargain! Driven by massive discounts, Black Friday sales may have reached $23 billion in the US, but here in New Zealand Black Friday sales didn’t live up to the hype with many retailers running regular discounts. There was also plenty of online chatter about firms advertising large discounts, with their ‘sale’ prices untruthfully higher than if you’d bought a week earlier!

However, with a little research and the help of local price comparison websites, I did find just the bargain I was looking for. I am now the proud owner of a brand new BBQ, but this is when the fun really started…

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Growth hacks to help Kiwi tech companies

Jackie Clark
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NZTech News

New research shows that Kiwi high growth companies have 40 percent more sales people than non-high growth companies.  This is one of the key insights from the 2018 Market Measures report.

“What we do at the beginning of every Market Measures survey is ask: how can we gain some actionable insight out of this?  The idea is to give Kiwi technology companies useful information for planning their sales and marketing strategies,’’ says Concentrate’s Managing Director, Owen Scott.

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NZTech Update – Collaboration that’s good for the world!

Jackie Clark
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Kia Ora

I love it when we all work together as NZ Inc! When I returned home from Europe four years ago, I was amazed at how fragmented the New Zealand business, Government and not-for-profit ecosystem was. Following research that found 66 tech industry groups individually trying to engage with Government, NZTech was formed in 2009. There are probably still 50 or so tech groups out there, but more of them are connected within the New Zealand Tech Alliance, sharing resources and members.

The Tech Alliance now brings together the 21 largest tech associations and there are another three currently onboarding. The Alliance is funded by over 800 paying members who together employ more than 10% of the New Zealand workforce.

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NZTech Update – Sharing insights beyond tech

Jackie Clark
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Kia Ora

It’s no secret, I enjoy being busy! This morning I am in Wellington catching up with MBIE and then Minister Wood. I am looking forward to chatting about the CTO role, amongst other things. Then, I have the privilege of presenting to the Future of Work Tripartite Forum who already have a significant work programme. I am sharing insights into the impact of exponential technology change, digital skills shortages and the AI Forum’s research on automation’s impact on jobs.

Tuesday starts with Digital Identity New Zealand’s establishment board meeting as this new entity gears up to launch. This new tech association brings together experts in digital identity, multiple government agencies, tech firms and academics to help fast track safe and effective approaches to digital identity for all New Zealanders. Earlier this year, at the Digital Nations Summit the number one call for action across all workstreams was the need for digital identity.

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World-first NZ tech changing the global agricultural landscape

Georgia Taylor
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Agritech, Media Release

New Zealand agritech companies are creating world-first technology to help feed the world and lead the way in their industry, AgritechNZ chief executive Peter Wren-Hilton says.

Technology is making life easier, from eco-friendly cars to faster software and tech improvements are benefitting Kiwis in everyday life, he says.

“The same goes for agritech innovation such as crop protection and plant biotechnology which is improving the lives of farmers and consumers around New Zealand.

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