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PCF takes Techweek to the Pacific region

News 9 May 2019

For the first time since its inception, New Zealand’s festival of innovation ‘TechWeek’ will include an event in the Pacific Islands in this year’s programme.

Expanding TechWeek’s international presence is a joint effort between NZTech[i] and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation[ii] (PCF), a non-governmental organisation that delivers economic and socio-cultural initiatives throughout the Pacific region.

“Right across New Zealand we will see over 500 tech and innovation events happening in more than 30 towns during Techweek starting May 20”, says Graeme Muller, NZTech Chief Executive,

“It is incredibly exciting to be able to expand the positive impact of Techweek into the Pacific”.

A capability workshop, ‘Digital Technology’ will be held in the Cook Islands on 20 – 22 May, facilitated by PCF and the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce.

PCF Chief Executive, Don Mann believes expanding Techweek[iii] towards the region aligns with the festival’s theme of ‘innovation that’s good for the world’.

“Ultimately this workshop is about the inclusion of Pacific youth and entrepreneurs in the digital transition of the workforce.Through knowledge, access to connectivity and availability of tools the opportunity to live Pacific but think global is real.”

Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate as it is an opportunity to acquire relevant knowledge and skills on how digital technology can be used effectively to assist entry into export market.

The workshop will not only empower the business community in the Cook Islands, it will also include a workshop with Cook Islands secondary school students participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme.

[i] NZTech is a not-for-profit, membership funded NGO that represents over 800 organisations who employ more than 10% of the New Zealand workforce. These organisations work together to help make New Zealand more prosperous underpinned by technology.

[ii] The Pacific Cooperation Foundation is a non-governmental with a mission to increase cooperation and understanding amongst peoples of the Pacific region to bring enduring economic, social and cultural benefits.

[iii] Techweek is a nationwide initiative with a curated programme focused on ‘finding local answers to global questions’. New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are growing rapidly, and Techweek fosters that growth by providing the national ecosystem with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination