New Zealand's stand-out digital technology on show in Canberra

Facilitator Jamie Fitzgerald leads the New Zealand companies through a strategy session

28 November 2017

The recently released Harvard Business Review Digital Evolution Index 2017 ranked New Zealand as a standout nation, one that is highly digitally advanced and enjoys a high rate of momentum. We are leaders in driving innovation, building on our existing advantages in efficient and effective ways.

It’s against this exciting backdrop that NZTE recently took eight top New Zealand digital technology companies on a trip to Canberra to network with and pitch to senior Australian Federal Government representatives, at an event called ‘Driving Digital: Tech Solutions for the Australian Government’.

Held at the New Zealand High Commission, the event was an opportunity for New Zealand companies customers to demonstrate to a room full of very senior Australian Federal Government representatives how their technology could help Australia solve tough public sector challenges. Companies on show included Datacom, eCloud, SilverStripe, Endace, Soltius, Kordia, OGA and SoftEd.  

Stefan Korn, CEO of New Zealand startup incubator CreativeHQ, gave the keynote address at the event. Stefan discussed New Zealand’s history of investing in innovation, and supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs, as well as the sharing of innovation between the public and private sectors. He also highlighted how all of this commitment and focus is now starting to bear fruit for New Zealand. 

One example Stefan cited of innovation in the public sector is the New Zealand Government’s complete redesign of the business set-up process. It now it takes just half an hour to set up a business in New Zealand, whereas in the past it took many hours and a lot of effort. Since that change was introduced ten years ago, we’re really seeing the benefits in terms of increased business activity in New Zealand – simply due to how easy it is to get yourself set up.

You can hear more about Stefan Korn’s perspective on New Zealand’s booming digital technology sector, in his radio appearances whilst in Canberra for ‘Driving Digital’.

Listen to the Capital Radio Canberra interview

Listen to the ABC Canberra interview