Tech leader to speak at NorthTec

3 May 2017

Tech leader to speak at NorthTec

A top software executive from one of New Zealand’s leading companies will give a free talk at NorthTec on New Zealand’s digital future - and how to be a part of it.

Gareth Cronin from Xero, a world-leading company that develops accounting software, will speak at NorthTec on 22 May at 4.30pm, at the Interactive Learning Centre (ILC) in Raumanga Valley Road (Gate 1), Whangarei.

The speech will be part of the Kiwi Innovator Series, which is hosted by NorthTec and the Northland Innovation Centre every second month. Past innovators have included the fields of robotics, electric vehicles and smart fabrics.

Gareth will talk about:

  • “How I learned about things I never thought I’d know about, as software took me through helping factories, saving lives, catching bad guys, and teaching people how to measure and control money.”

  • “Why it’s everyone’s duty to save New Zealand by transforming our economy by creating an engine room of technology innovation.”

  • “How in the last two years, a huge revolution in digital technology has started and we are at the very beginning of a golden age of using artificial intelligence to completely change how we live and work.”

Nigel Studdart, NorthTec’s Stem Project Team Leader, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone in the tech sector, or who wants to be part of New Zealand’s digital future, to get involved and meet one of its leaders. If you have a son or daughter who wants to be part of this future, or are looking to change or develop your career, it’s not to be missed.”

For more information about the talk, contact Nigel Studdart via, or Martin Knoche from the Northland Innovation Centre, via

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