Techweek19 - Day 5 Highlights

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On the final day of the Techweek19 School Series, YTech? led an interactive session where students learned about "Creating the next Tech Entrepreneur", with hands on ideation and brainstorming workshops, that also streamed live to hundreds of students across the country!

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The AWS Alexa Games Hackathon has kicked off at AUT, with teams learning about Alexa's capabilities, and gearing up for a weekend of creativity and pitch preparation that will culminate with a prizegiving on Sunday afternoon.

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Techweek TV has wrapped for the week and went out with a bang, with a final session featuring Peter Beck of Rocket Lab and Dr Peter Crabtree, from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). As well as discussing the work Rocket Lab does, Beck noted that most people don't realise how reliant they are on space infrastructure, for everything from the GPS we use to get around, to powering apps like Uber and Tinder — even streaming this Techweek TV session itself!

Both were asked what they wanted all New Zealanders to know, to which Peter Beck replied, "We're a country of fantastic innovators and entrepreneurs and we need to support them, we need to remove this culture of thinking small and...push it a bit harder and a bit further". Dr Crabtree added that "the space economy is here right now and totally accessible for all New Zealanders".

And of course, the winners of the 2019 Hi-Tech Awards will be announced at the Spark Arena tonight! Celebrating both the global successes of the New Zealand tech sector, and its contribution to the local economy, this is the biggest night of the year for many tech companies and start ups. Keep an eye out for all the news from the awards ceremony, coming here soon. If you’d like to watch it live, you can do that here!

By Kirsten Marsh

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