5G and New Zealand: what will it take to become the first ‘Smart Country’?

Explore what 5G could mean for Aotearoa - our society, our economy and our role on the global stage where our distance barrier is removed.

What's it all about?

To fully realize the economic and societal opportunities the Internet of Things offers Aotearoa, we need more strategic leaders and innovators who understand the multiple dimensions of a ‘Connected Environment’: technology, data, ethics & governance, and ultimately business impact. 

Whether you’re operating at an enterprise level or you’re an individual wanting to leverage technology to problem solve, IOT and the insights it can expose requires strategic consideration and foresight. There’s so much more to a Connected Environment than sensors and data capture.  

What decisions do we make so Aotearoa can become a more liveable and prosperous nation? How will we imbue technology solutions with values that draw on our indigenous knowledge and history to create a positive impact for people and planet? How can Aotearoa become a role model for other countries? 

Join the conversation with our panel of entrepreneurs and experts to discuss why 5G represents a digital turning point that will impact all of us.


Facilitated by Tech Futures Lab

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Thursday 30 Jul
1:00pm - 2:30pm

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Frances Valintine

CEO of The Tech Futures Lab

Frances Valintine is a leader in innovation, and emerging technologies. After 20 years in higher education and creative technology Frances launched Tech Futures Lab in 2016 committed to the development of people and developing a culture of innovation and responsiveness to technological advancement.

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Priti Ambani

Director of Corporate Innovation at Tech Futures Lab

Priti has led ventures that leverage the dynamics of digital collaboration and emerging disruptive technologies to create thriving societies.

Priti is co-founder and host of Moonshot:City, a podcast and blog exploring the big questions around what makes a resilient and regenerative city.

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Sarah Hindle

General Manager at Tech Futures Lab

Sarah is GM at Tech Futures Lab, working with Frances Valintine to create NZ's most innovative and forward-focused education entity. She is the Chair of AgriTech New Zealand and regularly speaks on the future of work and the role of humans as architects of their future in the digital economy.

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Steve Saunders

Chairman and Founder of Robotics Plus

Steven Saunders is serial entrepreneur, 35 years’ experience in the Horticultural sector and is the founder, owner of the Plus Group of companies, which specialise in horticulture management, orchard ownership, propriety fruit varieties, global pollen production and international ventures.

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Brandon Van Blerk

CEO & Founder of Tether

Brandon is a maverick, a start-up founder, entrepreneur and complex thinker. Brandon turns ideas to life through focused execution and building incredible teams.


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