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Techweek '17 shared tech world with Kiwis, 2018 is next

17 May 17

A stacked roster of 287 events across 24 regional centres, drew over 20,000 people and made Techweek ‘17 an exciting time for the country.

Now that it has all wrapped up and people have had a chance to digest all of the information, NZTech’s CE Graeme Muller says it was a roaring success.

“We’re delighted with the turn out around the country. It’s been tremendous and is a testament to the strength of the events themselves but also speaks to be increasing role the tech sector is playing in New Zealand’s economy and indeed in our daily lives.”

After last year’s Auckland focus, Muller says it was great to see events outside of the main centres were well received.

“It was great to see events in Ohakune, Greymouth, Mahia, Hokitika and Moerewa as well as the main centres because it’s these regional areas that stand to gain so much from the technology revolution.”

Events focused on everything from edtech to the blockchain took the nation by digital storm and really showed what the industry had to offer.

Techweek national director Jennifer Clamp says she’s proud of the immense lineup they put on.

“We wanted as broad a range of tech topics as possible and we certainly got that. The issues raised range from employment opportunities for Maori and Pasifika youth through to the deployment of blockchain, to the future of food production and so on. It was really good to see.”

Techweek ‘18 is definitely in the pipeline, says Muller, but the NZTech might have to take a well-deserved break first.

There was a strong education focus throughout the events this year and we hope educators out there managed to get along and use it as a chance for edtech PD.

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