Image - The FLINT Waikato leadership team
What is your favorite habit to keep up to date with the latest technology trends?
Admittedly, I could probably do a better job of proactively keeping on top of technology trends, however I do read up as much as I can. I'd say my favourite way to learn about new and upcoming tech is through people - you can learn a lot from asking the right questions and listening to what others have to say.
Who is FLINT Waikato all about?
FLINT is a Future Leaders programme designed for individuals at the beginning of their careers, usually within a TUANZ member or other supporting organisation, with locations in Hamilton, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.The Vision for this programme is to facilitate the development of knowledge and exposure of members to senior people and ideas within the industry, so that in years to come FLINT members will be well positioned to exceed in executive roles throughout the technology sector.
FLINT Waikato's goal is to bring together the local tech community to share ideas and promote collaboration between individuals and organisations so that we may all benefit and grow as a region.
What is your role at SHIFT72 and what does it involve?
As the VP Global Sales at SHIFT72, I am responsible for implementing and leading the business development strategy of our company. We provide software as a service, and we target a worldwide market with some of our current clients being from the USA, France, Estonia, Australia and of course NZ.
What are your priorities as a tech enthusiast / future tech leader?
My goal is to see the Waikato compete and succeed on a world stage. I try to be an advocate for our region for all things tech, as I believe we have some of the best and brightest people and businesses here that have the potential to really make an impact on the future of this industry.
What in your opinion are the greatest opportunities and challenges the ICT sector faces in the Waikato/NZ?
I think a challenge we face as a region (and probably a country too), is credibility within the global market. While we may have world class people and products to offer, NZ is still a small fish comparatively, and we need to shout extra loud to be heard amongst all the noise in the ICT sector. At the same time however, this presents an amazing opportunity for us as we aren't as easily distracted or influenced by what is going on elsewhere, which allows us to create some truely great products that are proving time and time again our incredible inventiveness and resiliency as a nation.