Artificial intelligence and robots draw hundreds of Kiwi entrepreneurs to innovation event

Hundreds of smart, ambitious and innovative Māori entrepreneurs spent this weekend focusing on how technology can help realise their business dreams. The annual Matariki XPonential event, hosted by Callaghan Innovation featured a stellar line-up of established and emerging innovators. The government innovation agency’s purpose is to help businesses succeed through technology by preparing Kiwi businesses for the future, thereby helping to make New Zealand more confident and successful as a country. Vinnie Campbell, Callaghan Innovation group manager says, “In a world of increasingly fast-paced technological change, we need to embrace the future by encouraging more marriages between Māori and technology.” The world is facing unprecedented technological change, with possibilities offered by artificial intelligence, robots, digitisation, bioengineering and other innovations. Campbell continues, “We know that there are some highly successful Māori-hi-tech marriages, proving how Māori can not only survive but thrive into the future while maintaining their authenticity. “We want to showcase some of these success stories, encourage others, prompt thinking and discussion about the possibilities, and work with many more Kiwi entrepreneurs.”  “We want Kiwis front-footing this change.” Five hundred attendees registered for the event in Rotorua which featured a line-up of some of New Zealand’s best-known innovators and entrepreneurs.…

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