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How amazing was Techweek’18?

How amazing was Techweek’18? I hope you were involved, either attending an event, watching TechweekTV or one of the many webcasts.  Last week, Techweek’18 hosted 538 tech and innovations events across 36 towns, connecting tens of thousands of Kiwis to the potential of our future.  Techweek connected international investors to the potential of our hi-tech growth companies and celebrated success at the Hi-Tech Awards.

I traveled throughout the country and there were many personal highlights including a powerfully moving keynote by Derek Handley, read it or watch it here.

Other highlights included the launch of the Upstarters campaign to position New Zealand as a high tech nation, chatting on BBC Radio 5 Live about our fantastic #holoPM and seeing thousands of kids getting involved from the far North to the deep South.

ShadowTech was another Techweek highlight and it had a great launch in Wellington during Techweek with Minister Curran supporting the mentoring programme.

“Sorting the gender imbalance can only be good for the sector and the country.  I want young girls to see there’s a future for them in tech and I hope ShadowTech day encourages and inspires them to study and work in this field,” she said.  Read what else she had to say here.

Congratulations to all the Hi-Tech Award winners.  Every year, the awards ceremony is even more spectacular and the winners more impressive.  New Zealand is doing some amazing things in tech, check out the winners here.

Finally, we have to say a big thanks to the amazing team who delivered Techweek.  The entire extended NZTech team played a role, including Jennifer Clamp and the Techweek team.  However, particular thanks has to go to the trio that smoothly presented a fantastic week.  Thank you Anita Millard, Alicia Northbridge and Courteney Peters.  Awesome job!

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