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Techweek promotes fastest growing and third biggest industry in New Zealand

Techweek promotes fastest growing and third biggest industry in New Zealand

It has two goals: to build New Zealand's reputation as a tech and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific region and to build national pride and interest in tech among all Kiwis, says NZTech CEO Graeme Mueller

The NZTech organised event starts tomorrow and will be held in 27 towns from Whangarei to Hokitika.

Techweek will include tech and innovation events, conferences, school and business events.

Techweek aims to promote tech and innovation for the fastest growing and third biggest industry in New Zealand, says NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller.

“It has two goals: to build New Zealand's reputation as a tech and innovation hub in the Asia Pacific region and to build national pride and interest in tech among all Kiwis,” says Mueller, in a statement.

New Zealand is developing a bit of a reputation in areas such as agritech, artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented reality and the Internet of Things.

Graeme Mueller, NZTech

“NZTech has been promoting Techweek internationally and is attracting investors and delegates from all around the world.

They are coming to join the discussion about emerging technologies that New Zealand is developing a bit of a reputation in areas such as agritech, artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented reality and the Internet of Things and more.”

“New Zealand’s digital technology sector is growing fast, with ICT service and software exports doubling between 2008 and 2014, making ICT our third largest export,” says Communications Minister Simon Bridges.

“We want to continue to build on this and create a leading digital nation – a nation with a thriving digital sector, where our businesses, people and government are all using digital technology to drive innovation and improve productivity.

“The Government recognises we have a key role to play in ensuring that New Zealand can take advantage of these opportunities, by supporting digital innovation, keeping up to date with new technologies and investing in connectivity.”

Mueller adds: “Techweek is also about getting the kids of New Zealand involved. I am really looking forward to watching the kids run a Code Club at the Beehive on Monday. They will be teaching the MPs how to code and why it is so important."

Among the key events is the Future Realities Conference at Queen’s Wharf in Wellington on May 10.

Future Realities is an inspiring and progressive vision of new technologies. The forum explores how these technologies will change the way New Zealanders live, work and play.

Among the speakers are Professor Mark Billinghurst, a brilliant Kiwi augmented reality professor at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and Melanie Langlotz, chief executive of Geo AR Games.

When the film industry went through a challenging period, Langlotz saw it as a timely opportunity to reconsider her career choice and move into augmented reality which led to Magical Park – a digital app that transforms a normal park into a digital playground.

Communications Minister Simon Bridges: “New Zealand’s digital technology sector is growing fast, with ICT service and software exports doubling between 2008 and 2014, making ICT our third largest export.”
Communications Minister Simon Bridges: “New Zealand’s digital technology sector is growing fast, with ICT service and software exports doubling between 2008 and 2014, making ICT our third largest export.”

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