Tech Futures Lab Master's Programme: The Countdown Begins

Having just completed week 10 of the Master of Applied Practice - Technological Futures, our candidates are nearly at the end of the first phase of the programme.

In two short weeks the group will move from being immersed in core topics such as AI, cybersecurity, the sharing economy and data science, to implementing their personal project plan. Already we've witnessed how the February cohort has developed and evolved their ideas in response to these core topics and feedback, and we can't wait to see what they go on to create.

Leading the way in an emerging field

In week 10 we delved into successful businesses and ventures in our own backyard, and the group also got the chance to flesh out their project plans with those 'at the pointy end of the market', as Neil Movold from InsightNG says.

InsightNG is a company focused on bringing context to any situation with augmented intelligence and cognitive computing. As founder and CEO, Neil is involved in every aspect of a business that's at the helm of a burgeoning sector in New Zealand. He shared insights into how cognitive computing mimics human behaviour, the power of context, what it means to 'stack' intelligence, and what it is to find success in such an emerging field.

A look under the hood of successful businesses

We also welcomed in two business and technology experts Graeme Muller, CEO of NZTech, and Danushka Abeysuriya, otherwise known as Danu, the founder and CTO of Rush Digital.

NZTech functions as a 'voice of the New Zealand technology sector', with a focus on encouraging and supporting our nation through better use of technology. Working with some of the top technology trends in the country, Graeme has a keen understanding of this marketplace as well as the barriers, difficulties and obstacles of implementing technology and making actions based on tech trends, and the power of community.

In the spirit of a truly agile company, Rush Digital has developed a lot since its inception. Today, it can be broadly described as 'dedicated to solving business problems with technology'.

The number of different projects Rush Digital has taken on is vast, and the solutions innovative. Our candidates got the chance to pick the brain of Danu, who started out as an engineer and is the brains behind Rush Digital, and also hear his top tips on business - such as, don't underestimate the power of cashflow, culture and having a good partner.

Coming up next

As our February cohort gears up to move on to the next stage of the programme and we prepare for our June intake, we're sharing stories from our candidates. Click here to check out our latest email newsletter and hear from Paula.

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