Future GovTech Unconference

Recap: What Happened at the Future of GovTech Unconference

Individuals from all over New Zealand came together at Spark Central on Feb 27 to discuss pertinent issues in government and technology. Upon signup, attendees selected topics that they felt were most important to cover and Creative HQ prepared notes to help facilitate the discussion.

At the start of the event, Lightning Lab GovTech director Jonnie Haddon and startup investor Dave Moskovitz welcomed the nearly hundred attendees with an overview of the day’s events, codes of conduct, and encouragement to use the opportunity to build relationships with other motivated changemakers.

The groups then split off into the 6 different meeting rooms to discuss topics that most interested them. Everyone was able to attend three 40-minute sessions to make 18 total breakout meetings on the day.

Discussion notes can be found here.

Topics included

  • Collaboration in government
  • Digital identity
  • Doing the right thing
  • Data everywhere
  • Open culture
  • Business of GovTech
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Procurement
  • GovTech for good
  • GovTech emergence
  • AI and robots
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Citizens at the centre
  • Grab bag topics
  • Wellbeing
  • Digital transformation
  • Agile government
  • Taking NZ GovTech global

Upon completion of the focus groups, everyone reconvened in the main foyer to present their discussion notes back to the entire group.

At the end of the fruitful roundup, Moskovitz and Haddon returned to thank the crowd for attendance and the group spent the remaining hour mixing and mingling over catered food and drink.

Overall, the Unconference represented a casual, focused environment for people interested in changing the world of Govtech to share energy and get to know others interested in doing the same.

 


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