KIWITECH – Creating New Zealand Tech Stories

Hear about some of the best Kiwi tech success stories
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As part of the Good for the World Open Days event, O'Halloran North Shore is delighted to be opening up their doors for a dedicated session all about KIWITECH – Creating New Zealand Tech Stories. Buy your ticket today to attend the full tour or the individual hosted session.

O'Halloran North Shore's chartered accountants and advisers to tech are providing local and International guests an opportunity to cross the harbour bridge and enjoy some breathtaking views before heading to the B:HIVE. Here they will hear from some of the best Kiwi tech stories from across the nation.

Hear from the founders of New Zealand’s high growth tech firms on how they have managed to expand internationally, raising capital along the way, while maintaining a focus on building a Kiwi company. There will also be smaller, more intimate round table sessions, where delegates will be able to engage directly with these business leaders, as well as with professional sector and government agencies, to learn the critical components of growing a tech success. Delegates can deep dive with experts on a range of topics from developing a robust R&D culture, raising capital and trade sales, protecting IP, expanding your business locally and overseas, doing business with govt. and much more.

Stephen Simpson, CEO of O Halloran North Shore said “We see the impact tech businesses have on NZ, and how this flows through to families, communities, schools, charities, and into the revenue system and back around again through government spending, and so we are excited to be involved and bring this great event to the North Shore

9.00-9.15: Registration & Networking
9.15-9.20: Introduction & Welcome -Steve Simpson, Director, O Halloran, North Shore
9.20-9.25: Some Interesting Stats - Chris Buxton, Chief Digital Officer, Statistics New Zealand
9.25-9.40: Inspire – The thinking required to build a globally significant company. - Matthew Simmons - CEO and Co Founder Nyriad
9.40-10.30: Learn – Panel Discussion - Uncovering the critical components of growing a tech success.
10.30-10.40: Morning Tea/Coffee
10.40-11.40: Discover - Round Tables sessions with leading New Zealand entrepreneurs, consultants and govt agencies

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Andy is General Manager of Strategic Partnerships at world leading blockchain venture studio Centrality. This blockchain based ecosystem enables separate node/scene businesses to work together to gain scale through shared acquisition of users, data, content and merchants.. Centrality is partnering with leading innovators in key industries (tourism, health, mobility and banking) to create a marketplace of applications.

Andy’s formative years were spent in leadership roles with MTV Networks Europe where he developed multi-platform advertising and media content strategies and properties for global media network distribution. As co-founder of Accelerate Sport (now CSM) he sold and developed commercial rights in the world of rugby and introduced long term sponsors to the game.

As a former Director and Executive Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Executive Leadership team Andy was responsible for numerous digital, media and commercial partnerships in Auckland.
Chris Buxton is Statistics New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), having previously spent 2 years as their Chief Technology Officer. He is leading a transformation of the digital services, embracing effective and efficient use of technology.

He is creating new business models for service delivery including everything ‘aaS’; promoting cloud based solution opportunities to increase user empowerment; promoting cross government federation and big data analytics; and leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be a centre for innovation, flexibility and responsiveness to customer needs.

Prior to joining Statistics New Zealand, Chris was the Chief Information Officer with the Government Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand’s foreign intelligence agency. In this role he led the delivery of Big data processing, analytic and visualisation capabilities, as well as national and international digital federation and interoperability.

Craig Rothwell is a Senior Associate at James & Wells. He works with clients to secure patent and design protection, develop filing patent strategies, and provides patentability and freedom to operate opinions. Craig has experience in a wide range of industries including technology, healthcare and the primary industries, with a particular focus on mechanical, electrical and software-related inventions.

Craig will answer commonly asked questions by Kiwi tech start-ups – how intellectual property rights can support your technology business, what investors want to know about intellectual property (IP), when you need to talk to an IP specialist, when you should patent your technology or consider keeping it a trade secret, whether software is patentable, how much it costs to patent technology, and how to ensure you have freedom to operate, and more.
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Graeme Muller is passionate about the impact that technology can make to the economy. He has a background in technology & business research, management consultancy and marketing across multiple sectors and geographies.

Prior to leading NZTech Graeme was the managing partner of Ecosystm, a New Zealand focused tech industry market analyst firm that worked to bring together the buyers and sellers of technology in engaging forums.

Before returning to New Zealand to run Ecosystm Graeme was based in Amsterdam and held the role of Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for IDC Insights, a global tech sector research and advisory firm. Graeme spent a decade working in senior international management roles for IDC including Country Manager for New Zealand.
Lauren from Momenta will discuss with delegates and demonstrate a growth acceleration approach with some examples to show how it works. This is very much about how to best leverage and monetize (through direct or channel, organise or inorganic) an ecosystem, how to position in a market based on value based ROI (i.e how to focus on vertical vs horizontal approach, business models to take to market, positioning, etc).

Lauren is a connected Industry executive with 20 years experience generating high market impact through activating digital business opportunities for start-ups & multinationals across full business lifecycles including fundraising, growth acceleration, global expansion, acquisition and exit.
A proven strategist and innovator, having built a successful career from building assets and spin off’s as viable propositions, across Supply Chain & Logistics, Renewable Energy, Manufacturing and Smart Cities.
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Nyriad Founder and CEO Matthew Simmons started what would become Arvus Group International Ltd in 1983 when he was 12 years old. Over the following 35 years, Arvus, with over 250 engineers operating across 15 countries, developed dozens of technologies used by Dolby, DTS, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, Pixar, Singtel, Park Road Post, NHK, BBC and Disney. When his business was decimated by the Christchurch earthquake in 2010, he was asked to become CEO of the New Zealand Clean Energy Centre and invented a high-temp solid state heat-transfer system for Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) and nuclear waste. In 2013, Simmons settled his family in Cambridge, New Zealand, to start his next venture, which is where he met Alex St. John.

Paul is the founder and director of William Partnerships Limited, a cross border and cross culture trade and investment agency that builds global partnerships to transfer business knowledge. The majority of Paul’s career has been built around identifying and developing global strategic partnerships in the public and private sector, mastering the complexities of strategic partnership management and multi stakeholder engagement to deliver business value. With a lengthy career in financial services that began in London working for multinationals on cross border investment projects up until recently as the Head of Asia Business at the Bank of New Zealand, Paul has a global perspective and extensive international network. This is complimented by ten years of diplomatic service with the New Zealand Government covering Asia, North America and the Middle East. Diplomatic postings include eight years in Singapore and New York as the New Zealand Consul General. Paul has a business degree from Massey University, a postgraduate diploma in international strategy and leadership from the University of Auckland and attended Harvard Business School. Paul sits on a number of advisory, education and international business council boards.
Sharmin Reehman, Head of Business Development Tech, NZTE

Brings 12 years to the market specializing in strategic business development, payment and cash management, transaction and e-commerce banking. Has 6 years hands on experience in driving business, implementing regional strategies, and developing client relations in multiple countries and across different functional teams.

Has lived and worked in Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, having worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Advantage Management Services, Zurich Financial Services and HSBC.

A well versed International business development manager adept at identifying and eliminating risks, and therein optimizing project and business success. Broad expertise in coordinating multicultural and cross-functional teams in implementing large-scale, complex projects resulting in company-wide impact. Regions include APAC, Europe and the US.

A strong leader and team builder, proficient at identifying new market opportunities for company growth.

Key Competencies
• Business Strategy • Build, develop and lead regional teams
• Product Development & Implementation • Operational Optimization
• Cash Management & Transaction Banking • Training and Presentation
• Key Account & Stakeholder Relations • Project & Program Management
• Learning & Instructional Design • Product Launch

Is passionate about integrating insights into strategic ventures to deliver business outcomes. Thrives working in creative and entrepreneurial assignments under tight deadlines. Enjoys autonomously initiating and solving multiple challenging projects simultaneously.

Has Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, completing Masters in Business Administration.
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Stephen Simpson is a Chartered Accountant, business owner, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, CFO and most importantly a husband and father. He has a strong interest and passion for technology and enjoys assisting businesses at all stages of their business journey.

“We see the impact tech businesses have on NZ, and how this flows through to families, communities, schools, charities, and into the revenue system and back around again through government spending, and so we are excited to be involved and bring this great event to the North Shore”
Vanessa Simons is Head of Corporate Legal at the Financial Markets Authority. She leads a team of lawyers, providing strategic legal advice and regulatory analysis to support the FMA, market participants, their lawyers and government policy makers.
Over her 20+ year career, Vanessa has held senior in-house roles (including at IBM and Meridian) and roles in private practice, including Russell McVeagh, with a focus on IT/IP law. She was included in the GC Powerlist Australia/NZ for the innovative solutions she brought to her work on Meridian’s partial privatisation, New Zealand’s largest IPO.
She continues her innovative and pragmatic focus at the FMA, including as part of the FMA's Innovation Strategy Committee leading the FMA’s regulatory approach to crypto currency and associated blockchain technology in the financial services sector.
China’s fast transformation from traditional industry to HiTech and innovation driven economy has provided new opportunities for New Zealand companies. The market is huge, the money is floating, but you need to know what they are looking for and navigate with care.

Dr Xiaoying Fu was born in China, educated in China and U.K. She hold PhD in computer science from Southampton University. Dr Fu lived in New Zealand for over 20 years worked in both private (ANZ,IBM) sector and public (ATEED) sector. She has vast experience on bi-lateral trade and investment between New Zealand and China. As a consultant she travels often to China. She get her hand dirty by investing in New Zealand start up companies. She is the founder and Chair for New Zealand China HiTech Innovation Alliance with the aim of playing a role in bridging wider co-operation between China and New Zealand on HiTech and Innovation.
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