A new national group of experts has been set up with the support of NZTech to help address tech related issues of national importance.
NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller said the group’s ultimate goal was to use technology to improve the prosperity of New Zealand. “Tech Leaders will define, communicate and promote initiatives around the use of technology from their experience and perspective,” he said.
The group, Tech Leaders is described as “a group of passionate New Zealand tech, digital and ICT focused-executives from leading organisations.”
Muller said: “These tech executive, from organisations such as Auckland Transport, Downer, Fonterra, Fletcher Building and Westpac, are at the coalface, driving the tech change in large New Zealand companies and organisations. What they can see is new tech out there which will make New Zealand more efficient and businesses will benefit.”
David Kennedy, global chief information officer of Transaction Services Group, has been appointed chairman. He said formation of the group represented an unprecedented initiative.
“Tech Leaders is committed to delivering change to the very fabric of New Zealand. Never before has a group of the most senior tech executives got together in this way for the sole purpose of ensuring the prosperity of New Zealand.”
Kennedy said Tech Leaders’ members would “work together to answer the toughest questions around the impacts and opportunities of new technologies.”
He added: “Large firms are piloting artificial intelligence tools and fleets of vehicles will soon become driverless, potentially costing thousands of jobs. To ensure international and domestic success of Kiwi businesses, it is vital we act now to consider what’s being covered in our education system. Learnings should be designed to develop global leading talent who can cope with all the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow’s world.
“Our education system needs to be producing these type of employees today. We do not have a shortage of skilled people – however, we need to be sure the education being provided is equipping people to succeed in today’s business, as well as tomorrow’s world.”