NZTech Update – Warning: CEO’s gripe of the week!

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NZTech Update

Hi Readers I don't want to start your week with a gripe, but I am incredibly frustrated and I feel like sharing it with someone! I keep hearing from tech firms in New Zealand that there is a real shortage of talent, that they have so many open roles and struggle to fill them. I keep hearing that someone needs to fix this. However, I am beginning to get the feeling that the issue might not be as big as everyone is making out...  

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Record number of NZTech board nominees!

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NZTech News

Board nominations have closed and electronic voting is now open with a record number of 21 nominees vying for seven available positions on the NZTech Board.  

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Local software company signs major deal with Mexican Government

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Industry News, NZTech News

Wellington based company, Solity Software New Zealand has won a substantial contract with Mexico's agriculture ministry, Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA).  

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What It Means To Be ‘Human’ In A World of Technology

Jackie Clark
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Industry News, NZTech News

I’ve been truly honoured to Chair the 2017 New Zealand CIO Summit, helping Conferenz and IDC create an event to engage, recognize, and delight national technology executives. During my opening speech, I introduced myself by saying, "I'm Rachel and I'm the Human that will be guiding you over the next two days".  

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Bitcoin startups stalled by banks

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FinTech

A FinTech industry without cryptocurrency is simply absurd in this day and age.  Read all about this emerging market and the challenges facing bitcoin exchanges as they try to establish themselves in New Zealand.  There is a massive opportunity presented by cryptocurrencies and we need to be encouraging our banks and regulators to step up to the challenge. Read More here

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For Western Union refugees and immigrants are the ultimate market

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FinTech

This article from Bloomberg depicts how globally- deployed financial technology (FinTech) impacts this social phenomenon and how it became a lucrative market for Western Union. Early in the summer of 2014, executives at Western Union offices around the globe began to notice something strange. The world’s largest money transfer company, Western Union Co. processes 31 transactions a second, and the money moves in distinct regional and seasonal patterns, like ocean currents or highway traffic. When disruptions occur or new patterns emerge, a knowledgeable observer can spot history unfolding in real time: The volume of transfers reflects the ebb and flow of nations’ economic growth and the vacillations of commodity markets. Natural disasters show up as sudden influxes of cash. Read more here  

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NZTech Update – Coworking, startups and social platforms

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Update

ALERT - Please make sure your company responds to the New Zealand Tech Skills Demand Survey. We need to know your needs if we are to help solve your skills and talent shortages! Kia Ora Readers After joining the NZTech board last year, a big focus of mine has been working closer within the New Zealand tech startup space to identify and support the gaps however I can.  

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Only 14 percent of large NZ businesses have deployed IoT

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Media Release, NZ IoT Alliance

New Zealand is well positioned for the Internet of Things (IoT), such as fast fibre, however a national tech leader urged for the country to do better.  

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NZ agriculture needs to latch onto tech faster

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NZTech News

New Zealand’s primary industries need to latch on to technology faster to support the economic growth of its agri sector and become a world leader in a fast growing agritech market, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.  

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NZTech Update – Community connections, research and events

Jackie Clark
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NZTech Update

Hi Readers A few years ago, after having three knee surgeries, I discovered the gym. What I love about my gym is how it fosters a strong community, inclusive of everyone's strengths and abilities. It nurtures its community and doesn't leave anyone behind. It reminds us that we are the same, that we are all on the same journey and regardless of our individual ability we all deserve the same respect.  

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