It’s the start of Techweek’18 – a highlight in the annual technology events calendar!
This year features an amazing lineup of events around the country; I’m particularly looking forward to Good For The World Open Days, where we will hear from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about how Government is going to deepen its relationship with the tech industry.
Other highlights include our very own Mitchell Pham, FinTechNZ Chair and Director of Augen Software Group, speaking with Delta Insurance at With New Innovation Comes New Risks. Mitchell has written a thought leadership article on the wider applications of Blockchain, I recommend you read it here.
We also hope to see you at the FinTech Regulatory Roundtable Open Banking Panel, which is likely to generate robust discussion on regulation of the finance sector, featuring some of our key members.
FinTechNZ is working with FinTech Singapore, MAS and NZTE to build stronger networks and promote international trade. You are invited to join NZTE and industry experts at the Singapore Tech Seminar, to find out what Singapore can offer New Zealand technology companies as a gateway to Asia.
In other news, and with a New Zealand first, the FMA and Inland Revenue recently collaborated on a joint presentation at our Connect events, discussing Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Following this we now have a common understanding from the authorities on cyber currencies; more clarity around GST; and we are establishing stronger connections inside the banks to support companies who operate in this space.
The NZTech showcase presented to over 70 companies at The Canterbury Club last week, which generated a great discussion about a country-wide strategy for the tech sector, and using technology to be inclusive. I am sure the person who succeeds in the Government’s CTO role will be focusing on just that, and will look to industry for guidance.
Mitchell Pham and I also spoke at the Co-op Money NZ Forum 2018 this month where we engaged with members discussing the future of FinTech, how to become more relevant, and how to use banking assets as more than just a place to transact financial dealings. The association was a very engaged audience who are keen to partner with FinTechs in this space.
With the year going past very quickly, please put a placeholder in your diary for the NZ Fintech Summit, being held November 29th at the Pullman in Auckland. The premier FinTech conference in New Zealand is brought to you by FinTechNZ and Finnotec. This will be the third year of the conference, and we’re looking forward to gleaning new insights from local and international speakers.
With the Hi-Tech Awards not far away I would like to wish all the FinTech finalists the very best; this year’s nominations showcase just how much innovation there is in this wonderful country; enjoy the evening and I look forward to hearing the results.
Last but not least, special mention and best wishes to FinTechNZ Chair Mitchell Pham, who has been nominated for the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards, held 21st June; we’re proud to have you represent the industry and wish you all the best on the night.