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Fireside chats - Lessons learned from NZ’s tech pioneers

Take your tech career to the next level! Learn from NZ’s next-gen tech leaders as they share exclusive insights into their career journey.

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Date and time:

Tue 17 May 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Kami HQ, 3/125 Saint Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052

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Fireside chats - Lessons learned from NZ’s tech pioneers

Looking to build your career in technology, but not sure if you’re heading in the right direction?

Come and join us for an intimate fireside chat with a panel of special guests as they explore highs and lows of their careers so far, and reflect on what advice they would give to their younger self.

Moderated by leading former news presenter, Wendy Petrie, this panel discussion will be an opportunity to learn from Aotearoa’s best tech industry leaders. Gain valuable insights into what these exceptional people they wish they'd gotten in the earlier stages of their career, as well as the unique challenges and learnings that come with building a career in technology.

Panelists include:

- Hengjie Wang, CEO and co-founder of Kami

- Jordan Thoms, CTO and co-founder of Kami*

- Ben O’Brien, CEO and founder of StretchSense

- Alyona Medelyan, CEO and co-founder of Thematic

- James Corbett, Technical co-founder at Auror

We'll be chatting with them about:

- Lessons they’ve learned as they’ve progressed through their tech careers

- Advice they would give to their younger self

- Thoughts on how to strengthen NZ’s tech ecosystem

- Epic wins and grand failures and how that’s led their business to be what it is today

This TechWeek event is hosted by award-winning edtech platform Kami – a digital classroom platform enabling students and teachers to interact and collaborate on digital documents like never before. A home-grown success story, Kami is transforming the modern classroom with 32 million users in more than 180 countries.

* Due to Covid-19, Jordan is unfortunately unable to speak at the event.


Kami founder and CEO Hengjie Wang

Hengjie Wang

CEO and co-founder of Kami

Hengjie Wang is the co-founder and CEO of award winning startup Kami – an easy-to-use web application that gives millions of individuals the ability to view, edit, collaborate and interact with digital documents like never before. Hengjie founded Kami with Alliv Samson (COO), Jordan Thoms (CTO) and mentor Bob Drummond (CRO & Executive Chairman) while at university in Auckland in response to wanting a better way to take notes and collaborate online. Fast forward to today and Kami has over 32 million users across 180 countries, and has taken the American education market by storm with more than 90% of US K-12 schools using Kami in the classroom.

Jordan Thoms

Jordan Thoms

CTO and co-founder of Kami

Jordan Thoms is the co-founder and CTO of New Zealand’s fastest growing startup, Kami – which he founded with friends while at the University of Auckland. While working on the pilot that became Kami, Jordan went overseas to work for Ancestry.com in San Francisco for a year, building out his skillset before returning back to Aotearoa and investing full-time in Kami. 

Jordan has been a semi-finalist for New Zealander of the Year Innovator of the Year Award, as well as being awarded AmCham Success and Resilience in 2020. 

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