Techweek TV: Chorus look at Innovation and connectivity in times of change

What's it all about?

Innovation is essential to lifting our productivity as a nation. It’s a fundamental reason why the Government chose to invest in building a world class fibre broadband network nearly a decade ago. 

Being able to innovate through digital means, opens new revenue streams and new market possibilities as well as making businesses more resilient to disruptive market forces.

And if anything, that recent events have shown us it’s that the world is unpredictable and businesses with a strong digital game that can adapt will succeed.

In Techweek TV session our panellists will discuss the importance of innovation and provide some insights into how businesses can take advantage of the world class connectivity we have here to re-invent the way they do things.


This Techweek TV session will appeal to anyone interested in business and how digital innovation can help businesses

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You can drop into this event at any time.

This event does not require registration.

Thursday 30 Jul
12:00pm - 12:30pm

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Brenda Leeuwenberg

CEO and co-founder

Brenda Leewenburg is the CEO and co-founder of Nomad8, a leading business consultancy that works with organisations in all sectors throughout New Zealand to help them solve problems and work effectively using an Agile approach. Previously, as Head of Digital & Innovation at NZ On Air, she was integral to establishing support for digital media production and the development of their new funding model for public media. Her work in NZ and in Europe has always been firmly centred in digital tech, with a particular passion for pulling together people and projects to make leading edge things happen.

Brenda was recently involved in setting up the AMO Group, a collective of screen production companies that came together during lockdown to explore options for building strong a NZ Inc proposition in the creative tech space. She managed delivery of a high profile campaign ( to pitch the NZ creative production sector to international studios as a safe, experienced and available option to get their projects completed while they are locked down.

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Rachel Kelly

Chief Product Officer – Enterprise Solutions, Gallagher

Rachel Kelly joined Gallagher’s security executive team at the end of March as Chief Product Officer – Enterprise Solutions. Rachel spent nine years working for a high-tech manufacturing company in California before returning to New Zealand, where she has worked for award-winning tech companies including CoHired and Nyriad. She is also an elected member on the New Zealand AI Forum Executive Council and a ministerial advisor on the Digital Council of New Zealand.

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Melissa Firth

Head of Growth and Innovation, Chorus

Melissa Firth is Head of Growth & Innovation at Chorus, Melissa is a product leader with 25 years’ international digital innovation experience and a comfort in the intersections between product, design and technology. Formerly Chief Digital Officer at Te Papa and Head of Digital Business at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, she applies a deep understanding of human-centred design, strategy and systems-thinking to create positive change. Recognised in the 2018 CIO Top 100, she had a two-year stint serving on the board of NZTech, and has contributed to NZ’s creative industries and innovation communities through advisory boards, mentoring and public speaking.

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