New Zealand: A world of hi tech innovation and leadership.

New Zealand is one of those unique countries in the world, that inspite of its remoteness from the rest of the world, has become a flourishing economy of innovation, leadership and entreprenurialship. There is probably no sector that its nationwide industries are not engaged in. Be it vodak manufacturing, freight systems, merino wool, electronics, robotics, GPS chips, health care devices, fruit handling machinery, mobile radio systems, 3d imaging, yacht construction, forestry, diary, sports, interactive software and hardware, vintage air craft, movie production, SMS systems and the list continues and all this from a population of 4 million.

The NZ culture, lifestyle, mannerism and thinking over the years has been a breeding ground that has inspired many to achieve their dreams.  One organisation that is working hard to increase this success and innovation has been the industry organisation known as NZICT. Recently, NZICT released a Youtube video that reflects on from where the high tech industry has come from and heading towards. With the largest sporting event to happen in the nations history, the 2011 Rugby World Cup has become the event that is pulling many of these NZ companies and industry sectors together to provide a show case but also a platform of co-operation and growth across industries sectors following on from the Rugby World Cup.

One documentary that features a number of these innovative companies and personalities is called Beyond the Farm and the Theme Park and show cases the excellence and innovation developed down under for the world market. At the same time it endeavours to delve into the mindset that has allowed the innovation to reach this stage, but more importantly what is required to take the NZ economy into the next phase of growth based around hi tech innovation.

Wellington University’s Professor Paul Callaghan outlines his vision for New Zealand’s future prosperity in this lecture at Auckland War Memorial Museum as part of The Royal Society of New Zealand 2007 Distinguished Speaker series. Our landscape is magnificent and helps define who we are. But Sir Paul argues we have the potential to be a great deal more besides, and that we must be if we are to build the society we want our children to thrive in. He puts forward the best way we can enhance our prosperity is through sensible investment in science and technology, coupled with culture change.

Beyond the Farm Gate

Beyond the Farm Gate and the Theme Park documentary on NZ's hi tech sector features an address and numerous interviews. 1hr 28min long

Posted by Kevin Andreassend, AucklandICT

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