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Politicians’ Ideas for the Future of our Technology Sector

The Government policy plays a huge role in the success of the ICT industry – from the Christchurch rebuild and the Innovation Precinct, software development government RFPs, access to ultrafast broadband, R&D grants, export assistance, quality education, skilled migrants, compliance, and more. In recent years the NZ ICT sector has experienced strong year on year growth; export earnings from this sector are predicted to rise significantly over the next decade, and we need your help!

On Tuesday 5 August, speakers from National, Labour, Greens, and Internet MANA parties will share their policy ideas for this growing industry at a Canterbury Software Cluster hosted event to be held at the University of Canterbury’s Jack Mann Auditorium. During the event, four panellists – Hon Amy Adams, Clare Curran, Gareth Hughes and Laila Harré – will be asked questions chosen from online submissions, as well as questions from the floor.

This is your time to ask our politicans any questions relating to our technology sector in New Zealand.

Canterbury Software Cluster Chair, Geoff Brash, says:

“The speed at which technology is driving change in our society is phenomenal – from how we communicate with others, buy things, share things, to how we work, learn, run our businesses, run our lives, and more. We rely heavily on government to support our values, keep our infrastructure running smoothly, and to help New Zealand businesses keep ahead in international markets. With the elections fast approaching, this event is our chance to ask politicians how they understand these technological changes, and what plans they have for our technology future.”

If you have a question that you’d like us to put to the panel, please tweet it to @CSCluster and use hashtag #CSAskGovt on Twitter.

For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.canterburysoftware.org.nz/events/august-2014-event-a-panel-discussion/