Techweek TV: Meet the young Achievers of the New Zealand Tech Industry

Age is no barrier when it comes to success in the tech world. Five of the Hi-Tech Awards Young Achievers finalists will join Techweek TV host Ryan Ashton to talk about their tech careers so far and how to encourage diversity in the industry.

What's it all about?

Be inspired by Michael Lovegrove, Jamie Beaton, Terry Miller, Ezel Kokcu and Ian White.

This Techweek TV session will appeal to those in business, government and academia

You can drop into this event at any time.

This event does not require registration.

Friday 31 Jul
12:30pm - 1:00pm

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Michael Lovegrove

Founder & CEO, JRNY

Michael is the CEO and Founder of an insurtech startup called JRNY, which is a platform that helps insurance providers to simplify their customer experience and sell their products through non-traditional channels. To date, JRNY has worked with some of the largest insurers in Asia and Australasia as well as being listed as a top two fintech in Asia pacific by Money 20/20, a worldwide top 100 insurtech by Fintech Global and 'the one to watch' by Deloitte Fast 50.
Prior to forming JRNY, Michael studied Finance, Accounting and Statistics at Auckland University before venturing into a career that included product management and business development across both start-ups and New Zealand enterprise companies.
Michael's ultimate goal is to have as much positive impact on New Zealanders lives as possible. Right now, the world is $1.2 billion underinsured. Michael is convinced that by changing the insurance ecosystem - making it accessible, simple and easy to understand - JRNY can have a massive positive impact on people's lives all around the world.
In another life, Michael would have liked to be a professional basketball player. However in his current life he is restricted by his lack of basketball IQ, skill and vertical leap. It's a great game to watch regardless!

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Jamie Beaton

CEO, Crimson

Jamie Beaton graduated from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude in 2016 (two years ahead of schedule) with a double-degree in Applied Mathematics-Economics and Applied Math. He was also one of the youngest in the world to be accepted to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business at age 20.

In June 2019, Jamie graduated from Stanford with an MBA and a Master in Education as the youngest ever recipient of the Arjay Miller Award (Top 2.5% of his class) - having simultaneously begun his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

As Co-Founder and CEO of Crimson Education, Jamie now helms a company dedicated to levelling the playing field in world leading university admissions. The world’s most successful college admissions company, Crimson now boasts a global student body of thousands of students who are mentored and tutored by over 2,4000 tutors who themselves have graduated from the world’s best universities including all Ivy Leagues, Stanford, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge. Crimson partners with top groups like GEMS, Inspired and Dulwich to offer outstanding college guidance to ambitious students worldwide.

Crimson students, who come from over 20 countries around the world, are now 4 times more likely to gain admission to the Ivy League and 2-4 times more likely to gain admission to Oxford or Cambridge than the global applicant. Since Crimson‘s foundation, some 1000 students have received offers from world leading universities in the US and UK including Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Duke, UCL, Imperial College London, LSE, King’s College London and more. Crimson has also assisted it’s students in securing over $US68M in scholarship funding and financial aid.

Crimson has raised more than $65 M USD from many of the world's leading investors from strategic investors to hedge fund managers to venture capitalists including Julian Robertson, Tiger Global, Chase Coleman, Adrian Cheng, Jon Jacobsen, Xiaohong Chen and leading international school groups.

In 2017 Jamie was featured on the 2017 Forbes Asia - 30 Under 30 List. He has been selected as New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, New Zealand Innovator of the Year, NZ Hi-Tech Young Achiever, and Young New Zealander of the Year. Crimson was recently selected as the youngest ever finalist of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Company of the Year. Jamie is also one of the the youngest people in the world to have founded a fully licensed school with Crimson Global Academy, supported by former Prime Minister John Key, at the age of 24.

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Terry Miller

CoFounder + CTO, Eight360

Terry is a Wellington native, BE (Electronics and computer systems) graduate from VUW, and Cofounder of local VR tech startup Eight360. He is also 2019 Young Engineer of the Year and a finalist for 2020 HiTech Young Achiever.
From an early age he was interested in how stuff worked and taking apart stereos, computers, and other household technology to see what went on inside. From there he studied mechatronics and began a career in R&D because it seemed like the best way to get to play with cool futuristic tech. Starting off as a hobby side-project, Eight360 has moved around a series of leaky garages and condemned buildings as the NOVA technology was developed, and now with investment and a growing team they are ready to take their "crazy spinning ball of death" to the world!

Ezel Kokcu

Co-Founder and CEO, Passphere

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Ian White

General Manager, ZX Security Limited

Ian White is the General Manager of a Deloitte Fast 50, three-time APAC Tech 500 winner, and 2019 Humankind Wellbeing Workplace of the Year finalist.He is also a 2019 CIO Awards finalist and 2019 ISANZ Winner in the Emerging Leader category.

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