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Live Webinar: Taking kiwi tech to the post-Covid world

9 July 2020: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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You can join the webinar by clicking here just before 4pm


How do kiwis take our tech to the world and how has Covid-19 changed things?

This week's free ITP Thursday Live webinar features a talk and Q&A with Siân Simpson, founder of Public Rally and ex-head of Kiwi Landing Pad, David Downs, General Manager NZ Trade and Enterprise and Hengjie Wang, co-founder of Kami.

With industries such as tourism decimated, the New Zealand economy is more reliant than ever on tech exports. But how do we go from good idea to startup to taking on the world in tech?

Siân, David and Hengjie will talk through their stories, plus what's involved in selling to the world from New Zealand, what uniquely kiwi support structures are in place and how this has changed in light of Covid-19.

As always, the Thursday Live Webinar will kick off with our TechBlog Live Tech Media Panel talking through the big stories of the week, and finish with an extended Q&A with the panel.


About the Panel

  • Siân Simpson is an award winning global businesswoman, community builder and Founder of Public Rally, the agency working to build global communities. Prior to launching Public Rally she was the Director of Community at Kiwi Landing Pad, which has become the bridge between New Zealand and the United States for the innovative Kiwi technologists who dream of exporting their businesses overseas.
  • David Downs is a General Manager at NZ Trade and Enterprise, currently on secondment to MBIE to lead up their work on taking NZ agritech to the world. Founder of SOSBusiness and cancer survivor, David has been at the forefront of helping kiwi tech get a hold in the international market for a number of years.
  • Hengjie Wang is the founder and CEO of award winning startup Kami - an easy-to-use web application that gives millions of individuals the ability to view, edit, collaborate and interact with digital documentation. Hengjie co-founded Kami while at Uuniversity in Auckland in response to wanting a better way to take notes and collaborate online. Today Kami has gained over 10 million users with over 20,000 schools using Kami in the classroom. 

The panel will be facilitated by ITP CEO Paul Matthews.


ITP Thursday Live Webinar

Previously held on Friday afternoon during the Covid-19 lockdown, ITP's magazine-style regular Live Webinars have now moved to Thursdays fortnightly and feature the awesome TechBlog Live Tech Media Panel plus a special guest each session.

These webinars are fully interactive, with heaps of time set aside for Q&A.

4.00pm: TechBlog Live - Tech Media Panel

The Thursday Live webinar will kick off with a chat with our Tech Media Panel, giving a quick roundup of this week's big stories on TechBlog and elsewhere.

This week's Tech Media Panel features:

The team are a "who's who" of tech journalism in New Zealand over many years. They know their stuff and between them have edited or covered tech for many household name publications in NZ.

4.20pm Panel Chat

Short introduction and perspectives from our panelists

4.35pm: Q&A with our guests

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will put your questions to our panel.

5.00pm: Head off home


Viewing previous ITP Live webinars 

ITP members can view all previous webinars in the Webinars section of the ITP Video Library. Most webinars are added within 24 hours of the live event.



The ITP Thursday Live Webinar, broadcast live every second Thursday, is free for everyone however numbers are limited and registration is essential. Please register below.


You can join the webinar by clicking here just before 4pm

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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