NZTech chair Mitchell Pham who receives the Kea World Class New Zealand Award tomorrow night, is a leader in New Zealand’s world class tech sector.
Past winners of these awards include Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh.
Mitchell Pham, director at Augen Software Group in New Zealand and Vietnam, co-founder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub, Chair of NZTech and FinTechNZ, will be recognised for his contribution to the New Zealand technology sector and NZ-Asia relations.
The second edition of New Zealand’s only dedicated FinTech Accelerator programme, the Kiwibank Fintech Accelerator programme run by Lightning Lab, recently culminated in a demo day attended by the who’s who of the nation’s start-up and innovation scene. Rick Brown* of the FinTechNZ Working Group attended:
The point I made in my blog post how technology may impact on the incumbents in the financial services sector, about the need for cultural leadership within large organisations, is still an imperative to leveraging the future for most incumbents. This was also echoed through the day over the various sessions last year, at NZ’s pioneering annual FinTech event series FINNOTEC 2017. That’s one thing I have enjoyed most about putting together FINNOTEC over the years – the opportunity to meet with some of the leading thought leaders in the community both here in New Zealand as well as globally. That opportunity is scaling up even more this year!
The rapid rise of tech companies working in the insurance market and investment by traditional insurance firms into new advanced technologies is expected to lead to better deals for customers in coming years, InsurTechNZ chair Jason Roberts says.
Customer expectations of instant digital transactions delivered seamlessly across digital channels are increasingly the norm and this is a major factor driving the growth of the New Zealand insurtech market, he says.
Source: Insurance Business NZ
InsurTech NZ gathered 70+ attendants at its most recent event, Customers and Data, which focused on how insurers need to approach customer management amid the new technological landscape.
AI, robotics and robo-advice were the key areas under scrutiny, with a range of industry speakers discussing the potential of these advancements in improving customer engagement. The event also touched on the imminent contract law review, with MBIE principle policy advisor Daniel O’Grady speaking about the need for changes in the more technical areas of the almost century-old legislation.
Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is the gateway for FinTech into UAE and the surrounding region. They have a new FinTech Accelerator programme called FinTech Hive, which is taking applications right now for their 2018 intake.
Launched in partnership with Accenture, the 2018 edition will build on last year’s success by providing a platform for the world’s most innovative start-ups the opportunity to test, develop and adapt their solutions to meet the evolving needs of the region’s financial services and insurance industries.
FinTechNZ’s InsurTech Working Group is pleased to report we are now formally called InsurTechNZ, and are a founding member of the Global InsurTech Alliance (GITA).
Jason Roberts, FinTech and InsurTech Specialist, discusses the June InsurTechNZ Meetup:
It was tremendous to have over 70 attendees at the June InsurTechNZ Meetup, kindly hosted by Bell Gully.
Teachers need to be better paid as they adjust to educating kids in the fastest growing sector in New Zealand, – technology, an award-winning Maori chief executive of a fast growing ed-tech company says.
Kendall Flutey, who runs Christchurch company Banqer, says one of her main concerns facing education and schools dealing with technology is that teachers are underpaid and overworked.
Who isn’t familiar with the iconic Mission Impossible series? Where the mission instructions are so secret that the receiver cannot be trusted to destroy them, so instead an ingenious and technologically advanced self-destruct mechanism is embedded in the message.
In other words, Privacy by Design.
New Zealand’s most prestigious celebration of individual achievement, the Kea World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) Awards, has today announced six of its 2018 award recipients.
In addition to Pham, this year’s winners include innovator and engineer, Peter Beck; AI trailblazer Mark Sagar; award-winning actor and producer Cliff Curtis; prominent Earth scientist Dr Delwyn Moller; and art world powerhouse Jennifer Flay.
The Supreme Award (won last year by Sir Peter Jackson and Lady Fran Walsh), and Friend of New Zealand Award (won last year by Pippa Lady Blake), will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday 21st June.