Jacinda Ardern beams into Auckland for Techweek launch

  • 19/05/2018
Jacinda Ardern - in the flesh.
Jacinda Ardern - in the flesh. Photo credit: The AM Show

A tech boss says Jacinda Ardern will become the first world leader to undertake an official engagement as a hologram.

It's part of Techweek NZ, which kicks off Saturday at ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.

NZTech CEO Graeme Muller says the hologram is thanks to new advanced technology.

"What it will look like to people in the room is the Prime Minister will be there. She'll walk out, she'll do her normal announcements - it'll just look like she's there. But if you're watching closely there's probably going to be a few glitches, because it's actually a projection."

Techweek NZ is an annual festival, with more than 500 events being held around the country this year.

NZTech CEO Graeme Muller says technology is our fastest-growing industry.

Young women are being encouraged to get involved in the tech sector too. More than 70 teens will get to hear female speakers and play with the latest gadgets at DigiGirlz, which kicks off at 9am at AUT.

"Girls don't see a lot of role models in tech, and that really turns them off studying all the STEM subjects," says spokeswoman Karen Sue.

She says it's sad to think about some of the opportunities being wasted.

"I went to another tech women kind of event a few months ago and it was quite confronting… I couldn't name any famous female techies."

According to Techweek, only 18 percent of computer science degrees go to women, down a fifth since 1984.

More information about Techweek NZ and DigiGirlz can be found on the Techweek website. Speakers include Peter Beck of Rocket Lab and Vic Crone, CEO of Callaghan Innovation.