Summit to boost Kiwi tech sector

  • 19/02/2018
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About 200 international tech specialists will gather from across the globe., Photo credit: Getty

Tech has emerged as a booming industry and a conference of international experts are aiming to see how the country can grow the sector even further.

Over 500 people will gather in Auckland on Monday for the Digital Nations Summit, where experts will discuss the role of technology in the future of New Zealand.

Tech is now the third-biggest and fastest-growing sector in New Zealand with 120,000 employed in the tech sector last year, according to a report by New Zealand Digital Skills Forum.

The report highlights that New Zealand is facing an 11 percent annual increase in demand for software programmer jobs.

About 200 international tech specialists will gather from across the globe to share how they are taking advantage of digital services in their own country.

NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says this includes countries such as the UK, Israel, Singapore, Netherlands, Uruguay, the US and Estonia - the latter who have developed digital citizenship and citizen access to their own data.

"New Zealand technology, business, government and social leaders, as well as teachers, students and entrepreneurs, will gather to learn what is working well internationally and discuss how to apply technology to create a more equitable and prosperous New Zealand," Mr Muller said.

"Technology is such an important part of day-to-day life for all New Zealanders, meaning that just about everyone has a stake in our success as we respond to the challenges of our changing digital world."

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