Building Aotearoa’s Artificial Intelligence Capability

Join a panel of experts discussing New Zealand's Artificial Intelligence capability and the opportunities for AI adoption and growth.

What's it all about?

Artificial Intelligence offers opportunities to grow and enhance technology skill sets, develop new talent and invest in high-growth sectors. In addition, AI-based technologies offer new and exciting solutions to a wide-range of social and business problems – with AI adoption promising huge economic benefits.

Research by the AI Forum notes: “New Zealand will need to cultivate a broader understanding of AI and train more AI practitioners to successfully increase AI adoption rates.” [AI Forum Report: Towards our Intelligent Future].

This event presents a not to be missed panel discussion on building Artificial Intelligence and emerging tech capability throughout New Zealand via cross-sector collaboration and will highlight the benefits of industry, academia, community and Government working together to boost AI education and expertise.

Brought to you by AiLab. Sponsored by AUT and AI Forum.



Emma Naji: Executive Director, AI Forum

Prof. Dave Parry: Head of Computer Sciences, AUT

Louise Taylor: Special Counsel, Simpson Grierson and Deputy Chair, AI Forum

Kate MacDonald: New Zealand Government Fellow, World Economic Forum

Dr John Flackett (Host): AI Specialist in Residence, AUT and Head & Co-founder, AiLab



This live webinar will take place on Zoom with event registrations made via Eventbrite. Your Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to you prior to the event.

The webinar will start at 3:00pm (NZST) and conclude at 4:00pm (NZST).

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AiLab are proud to bring you ‘Building Aotearoa’s Artificial Intelligence Capability’ event as part of Techweek 2020. Thanks so much to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and AI Forum for sponsoring and supporting this event.

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Wednesday 29 Jul
3:00pm - 4:00pm

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Emma Naji

Executive Director, AI Forum

Emma is the Executive Director of the AI Forum; a not-for-profit member driven organisation working to nurture the New Zealand AI ecosystem. Emma is a member of the OECD ONE.AI network of experts and an expert member of the Global Partnership on AI, Innovation and Commercialisation working group. As a computer scientist, Emma firmly believes in the potential of AI to benefit all of society, while recognising the challenges that must be navigated. She is a strong advocate of New Zealand’s economic opportunity to produce world leading AI, and works to champion mindful, collaborative and ethical AI. Emma has a 22-year entrepreneurial career spanning tech and AI including one of the first commercial drone companies in the UK and multiple AI start-ups in New Zealand.

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Dr John Flackett

AI Specialist in Residence, AUT and Head & Co-founder, AiLab

John is a noted Artificial Intelligence international speaker. A leader in his field and passionate about AI, John presents key insights on AI and emerging technology’s future impact on society and the workforce at events and workshops around the world. With over 25 years of AI experience, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and contributions as an advisor in government, academia, industry and community, John is regularly called upon to share his perspectives via talks, media interviews and roundtables. John's received various awards and his academic and business career featured in the UK's 2019 Million Plus campaign that launched at the Palace of Westminster. Following a decade as a senior university academic teaching AI and Software Engineering in the UK, John migrated to Australia. He has also worked with a range of industries developing commercial grade software and is currently co-founder of two businesses: koolth and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AiLab): a global company providing education and support for everyone to learn about the complex field of AI. John is also the AI Specialist in Residence and AI Ambassador for Auckland University of Technology and is the co-founder of the largest AI networking community in South Australia.

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Louise Taylor

Special Counsel, Simpson Grierson and Deputy Chair, AI Forum

Louise is a special counsel in Simpson Grierson’s technology law team, and is the Deputy Chair of the AI Forum New Zealand. She has over 20 years' experience in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom, advising on a wide range of general commercial and technology-related projects and contracts for customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors. Louise also advises on technology and digital compliance issues, including those relating to the introduction of new products and services in New Zealand. Louise has a particular interest in new and emerging technologies, and has written and spoken widely in both the UK and in New Zealand on artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data, cloud/fog computing, quantum computing, drones, and other technology trends.

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Prof Dave Parry

Head of Computer Sciences, School of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, AUT

Professor Dave Parry is the head of department of Computer Science at AUT and executive director of KEDRI. His research is concerned with the broad areas of Health Informatics and usability, in particular the capture and use of information and knowledge from novel sources in order to understand healthcare processes and improve decision-making.  Disaster ehealth (DeH) is an area of recent interest, especially in terms of the support that existing mobile devices could give to healthcare after a disaster and the concept of a DeH appliance. Dave has led successful applications for funding to enable international collaborations in this area, totalling more than $180,000.  During the COVID-19 pandemic Dave has been an expert voice on issues surrounding contact tracing, including data security and usability. 

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Kate MacDonald

New Zealand Government Fellow, World Economic Forum

Kate is the current New Zealand Government Fellow to the World Economic Forum. She is working with the Forum’s San Francisco-based Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on a project called Reimagining Regulation for the Age of AI. Kate and the project team are working with a large community of people from around the world on developing new and agile regulatory approaches for AI. Kate is a member of the OECD ONE.AI network of experts and represents New Zealand’s government AI voice in the Digital Nations group. She has a background in international relations and public policy, with the last ten years being spent working on digital and cyber policy issues. Kate has a particular interest in ethics and rights and raising awareness within communities on the opportunities that emerging tech can bring for New Zealand.

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