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Ben Reid

Explore our Ecosystem


New Zealand has a thriving community working with AI technologies at all levels. Ahead of our forthcoming research report launch, we have published the first version of our ecosystem infographic map. Discover who is currently investing in, working with and thinking about the implications of AI in New Zealand. Explore our thriving ecosystem and view the full infographic here.

We have been amazed at how many organisations are working with AI in New Zealand and we know that there will be some omissions in this first version. Please email your suggestions for organisations to be included in the map for our regular updates. Special thanks to Jason Bishop and the team at FLUXNZ for the awesome design!

In other news, AI-DAY 2018 on 28 March is shaping up to be an amazing event with an incredible lineup of speakers and panelists. The trail-blazing AI event will showcase the major steps AI has made in recent times and its impact across the country. Some of the AI leaders at the event include Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, AI Business, Microsoft; Dawie Olivier, CIO, Westpac NZ; Alayna Van Dervort, Tech for Social Impact Project Manager, Amazon; Greg Cross, CBO, Soul Machines, David Leach, CEO, Qrious; Eduard Liebenberger, CTO, Jade; Kurt Janssen, CEO, Orbica; Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh – Lecturer, AUT, Mahmood Hikmet, Data scientist, Ohmio, Angie Judge, CEO, Dexibit and Aaron McDonald – CEO – Centrality.AI. The event will be MC’ed by the fantastic Dr Michelle Dickinson. Check out speaker biographies and event details online. Tickets are selling quickly so please book now to guarantee your attendance. If your organisation would like to send a team along, please email to discuss a group discount.

I hope to see many of you in Wellington on 21 Feb to hear Tomáš Ižo, Engineering Director at the Google Research Machine Perception group discussing AI, its benefits and challenges. This event is now booked out, but we will be holding more speaker events up and down the country this year, so watch this space for details. Please get in touch if there is a particular speaker you would like to hear from.

Best Regards
Ben Reid
Executive Director

Book now for #AIDAY2018

Join the Global Future Summit


Read The Future Computed – AI and its role in Society. This new book from Microsoft provides a vivid perspective on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.Join AIFNZ at the Digital Nations 2030 conference next week for dialogue on actions needed to create a truly digital nation by 2030. For a 10% discount, use this promo code; MGWWGO.

Attend Wellington AI 2.0 on 1 March for practitioners focusing on lessons learned applying AI. Also next month, celebrate International Women’s Day with TechWomen. Join us on 8 March, as we showcase local diversity success stories in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.Check out the 100 most promising AI companies globally. Also, this recent Infosys Report Leadership in the Age of AI.

If you missed our AI summer holiday reading list, including AI 101, economics, ethics, law, policy, skills, strategy, tech developments, check it out here. A special welcome this month to our new members. If your organisation wishes to join as an AI Forum member please contact us.

Don’t forget, event submissions are now open for Techweek’18. Here’s everything you need to know about being involved.

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Ben Reid I head up the AI Forum of New Zealand - working to harness the power of AI to help bring about a prosperous and inclusive future for New Zealand and the world. The AI Forum NZ brings together technology firms, businesses, universities and the government to connect, promote and advance the national AI ecosystem.