Since our last newsletter New Zealand has moved to alert level 2. For many of our members this means getting back to work under the new normal. In order to better understand what the impacts of COVID-19 have been on our membership and what the industry is now facing at alert level 2 the IoT Alliance Executive alongside NZTech have launched a member survey . We have some preliminary responses, but would encourage more of our membership to complete the survey as it will help us tailor our various work programmes.
The results so far indicate that a high proportion of our members classify themselves as start-ups. Having access to customers has featured strongly in the survey as many businesses were shut down at alert levels 4 and 3. Thankfully, many of our members haven’t had to let staff go – or even plan on staff reductions, with many taking advantage of the Government’s Economic response package. Access to funding featured strongly in the survey – which also rings true for any start-up across the tech ecosystem. We also asked our members what are the top things they wanted from being part of the IoT Alliance, events and connections across the industry featured strongly in the responses received so far.
As events are featured strongly, the recent Infrastructure New Zealand “Connecting our Data: The Value of a Digital Twin for New Zealand’s Infrastructure” is worth highlighting. If you missed the panel discussion and presentations – including from the Centre for a Digitally Built Britain they can be accessed here.
The Smart Cities Council Australia and New Zealand (SCCANZ) has launched the Smart Cities Week 2020 programme. This is a series of events from April to November – with Digital Twin Week, to be held from 18-23 October.
The IoT Alliance is discussing running events as part of this event series, so look out for more information on this soon.
We also have a project underway to schedule a programme of events featuring our members. These will highlight the work that IoT Alliance members are doing in developing, deploying and creating value from IoT systems. Keep an eye out for further news from us as events are scheduled.
Wintec’s IoT Waikato will be running a Meetup in June, visit www.meetup.com/IoTWaikato for more information.
Techweek this year is also going to be a totally digital affair. The IoT Alliance will be undertaking some events so stay tuned for those upcoming announcements.
Nga mihi nui,
The team at the NZ IoT Alliance
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