Supreme awards, Kiwi TV and new workshops: the latest at Tech Futures Lab

This past month it's been all go at Tech Futures Lab. We were awarded two Newmarket Business Awards, launched a new workshop, and had our founder Frances Valintine join Nigel Latta and John Campbell for TVNZ’s five-part What Next? series. Exciting times are afoot as we gear up for the November intake of our Master’s programme.

Our world is changing - what are we doing about it?

Kicking off on June 11, TVNZ recently ran a five-part live television series titled What Next, focusing on big topics around what our world may look like in 2037 and what we should be doing now. With a panel of experts, including Tech Futures Lab founder Frances Valintine, the show posed big questions around technology advancements, our environment, our economy and what a roadmap for the future might look like. Involving viewers while on air with polls and online discussion, the show engaged the NZ population and gauged what people were thinking. And some of the results were surprising - for instance, 90% of people say yes, we can influence the future.

At Tech Futures Lab these are the kinds of conversations we’re having all the time and the types of questions we think we need to be asking more often. To keep the discussion alive, we’ve created a brief, five-question survey and distributed it to our network. These conversations inform our relationships with our partners and industry circle, and what we offer business professionals and entrepreneurs of New Zealand.

Supreme innovation at the Newmarket Business Awards

On an otherwise nondescript Thursday Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab by Unitec celebrated this year’s Newmarket Business Awards at The Langham Hotel. Red carpet, black ties and all, we joined our fellow Newmarket business comrades to acknowledge the businesses and innovation taking place in this pocket of Auckland. It was fantastic to meet those working just around the corner and hear more about what they do.

Both The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab were recognised at the event, taking home three awards between us. The Mind Lab won Employer of the Year while Tech Futures Lab was named Best Innovation of the Year. We also walked away with the Newmarket Supreme Winner - an unexpected delight and a testimony to how far we’ve come in a year.

What does a 2.2 billion-dollar ecosystem mean for you?

Joining our Blockchain and Business Disruption and Innovation workshops this August is a new, half-day, practical workshop all about Internet of Things and business development.

According to a new report from the New Zealand IoT Alliance, IoT is set to reach a net value of 2.2 million in the next decade and is already impacting businesses significantly across a range of industries from agriculture to tourism. Our new workshop has been specifically designed to respond to the need and demand for practical information on Internet of Things and how it can be used to boost productivity, efficiency and accelerate business growth.

Experts from the field including John McDermott, IoTStream Business Development Manager, Matt Hector-Taylor, IoT Ventures co-founder, and Greg Howard, Thinxtra Development Manager, will take attendees through how to involve IoT in business and integrate it into product roadmaps.

Book our Internet of Things workshop before July 21 for an earlybird discount of 10% - click here for more information and to book now.

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