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EdTechNZ – AI set to transform education

The big education event this month was CORE Education’s annual uLearn conference.  During his presentation, the AI Forum’s Ben Reid highlighted the significant opportunity in New Zealand for AI to deliver efficiencies in education and transform some of the traditional learning methods.  For those in Auckland keen to learn more about AI and gain hands on experience, check out the new Meetup group School Of AI – Auckland.

Earlier this month, I attended the Blockworks event which was world class and offered real world, practical use cases for the application of Distributed Ledger Technology, (DLT) (think next generation and offshoots of Blockchain).  I’m seeing some great examples of potential solutions for our ecosystem, including identity, frameworks for micro-credentials, digital badges and student records.  At the same time, DLT could facilitate security, portability and personal ownership of one’s educational record.

Also in October, Tahi Rua Toru Tech in partnership with IT Professionals NZ and the Ministry of Education kicks off the Regional Championships.  These events are a fantastic showcase supporting the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum in schools. Winners receive an all expenses paid trip to the National Championship in December.

Following the success of the award winning ShadowTech for Students programme, TechWomen and CreateOps introduces ShadowTech Teachers.  This is a great opportunity for teachers to gain real world digital tech experience directly from industry.  Register here for ShadowTech Teachers on 14 November, places are strictly limited.

As always, welcome to our new members and I look forward to working with you all.  Please feel free to reach out to me directly about any EdTech related matters.
Ngā mihi

Shane Kerr
Vice Chair


Join the AI Forum’s Connect event on 30 October in Dunedin.  Learn more about the AI Forum’s 2019 research project Towards Our Intelligent Future: New Zealand’s AI Roadmapand how you can be involved.

Is your company ready to scale up with international growth? Enter the inaugural #TechRocketshipANZAwards.  Entries close 23 November.  Make the most of Expo 2020 Dubai, with NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase.  Last events this week!

The new tax incentives for research and development will boost New Zealand tech growth, read more here.  This month’s quick EdTech reads include how AI is improving education,  how robots bring a sense of play to STEAM educationand the robot cooked my homework!

Entries for the 2019 Hi-Tech Awardsopen on 3  December.  Be inspired by previous winners at the launch events on 28 November in Auckland,  5 December in Wellington and 6 December in Christchurch.  Save the date for the Awards Gala Dinner on 24 May in Auckland.

Join FinTechNZ and learn how to protect your Intellectual Property at their next Connect Event on 31 October in Wellington and 1 November in Auckland.  In case you missed it, Marketplace, the digital procurement channel for Government, is now live.

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship presents New Frontiers 4-6 November in Wellington.  Share, explore and co-create solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.  Applications close on 26 October.

Attend the Auckland ICT Graduate School’s  Fundamentals of Machine Learning and AI on 15 November.   Also, the Fundamentals of Data Visualisation and Statistical Analysison 19 November.

Save these 2019 event dates; Tech Marketers conference on 28 February, AI-Day on 28 March and Techweek 20-26 May.  #ISTE2019, 23-26 June in Philadelphia.

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