Kia ora readers,
Greetings from a showery British summertime!
I’ve made the trip over to the other side of the world this week, alongside a few other AI Forum members, to attend the 2019 CogX Festival of AI and Emerging Technology in Kings Cross, London. This is the largest gathering of the global AI community, with an estimated 15,000 attendees, 10 stages and 12 topics including healthcare, infrastructure, finance and economy.
This year’s event is run in partnership with 2030Vision − a new initiative that aims to transform the use of technology through collaborative partnerships and innovative projects in order to support the delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (17 Global Goals) and unlock the commercial opportunities they offer.
You can follow developments from CogX here. I’m looking forward to getting a download on the cutting edge global AI conversations and being able to bring some of these themes back to Aotearoa.
AI Forum News
We have a number of events and briefings being planned from July to September to coincide with the release of our research efforts this year. More details coming soon.
Finally, we will be carrying out a comprehensive survey of our members as we’re keen to find out how we’re doing and how we can serve you better. Keep an eye on your inbox for the survey.
Ngā mihi nui
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Auckland-based AI software company Aider will provide conversational digital assistance to Westpac’s small and medium-sized enterprise customers. The collaboration aims to help business owners make fast, data-led decisions to improve their efficiency and bottom line.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Are you a NZ company interested in participating in the Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology (SWITCH), 11–15 November? Support is available from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Email NTZE for more information.
If you do business in the USA, join the US Consulate on 25 June for a briefing on E1 and E2 visas for international trade in the USA.
Discover what the 2019 Budget means for the tech sector.
Why are most artificial intelligence assistants are female?
Help inspire the next generation of girls into tech careers by signing up to be a ShadowTech 2019. Mentors are still needed in Palmerston North, Hamilton and Dunedin.
Early bird registrations are now open for Identity Conference 2019 – Identity as taonga: now and in the future, 26–27 August in Wellington, exploring personal digital identity.
The Kiwi Landing Pad meets later this month in Auckland for the KLP Summit. The summit focuses on helping startups grow product management, sales and marketing.
Applications for the Callaghan Innovation R&D Experience Grants close 31 August.