Auckland and Wellington’s Deloitte Tech Fast 500 celebrations
Last month we celebrated the fantastic achievements of some of New Zealand’s leading technology companies, as our Auckland and Wellington offices played host to Deloitte APAC Technology Fast 500 celebrations.
The Deloitte APAC Technology Fast 500 recognises the fastest-growing technology businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. The full ranking report was revealed at the end of 2018, with 40 New Zealand companies placed on the index from across Australasia.
Held in conjunction with our regular Deloitte Private Club event, local business leaders and entrepreneurs joined our Technology Fast 500 winners for an insightful evening of discussion, with both events featuring an impressive line-up of panellists from across the tech sector.
In Auckland, the evening’s theme was ‘technologies enabling disruption’, with our Deloitte Private team welcoming Aaron Macdonald, co-founder of Centrality.AI, Danny Tomsett, Founder and CEO of FaceMe and Kate Reid, Director of Digital Health at Deloitte, to the stage.
Aaron kicked off the night with insights into the world of blockchain, as he unpacked his company’s mission of creating a decentralised fintech venture platform that’s changed the way start-ups scale-up in a world dominated by large internet monopolies. He was followed by Danny, who entertained the audience by holding a VR-enabled conversation with his virtual assistant and ‘Digital Human’, ‘Sophie’, before going on to explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence.
Together with Kate, the three speakers then discussed the future of disruptive technology and what it means for business as we know it. Despite qualms in the media about the impact of automation on the workforce, all three envisioned a positive future, with private businesses utilising intelligent technology to support their human team and address the problems they can’t solve.
Not only that, but the panellists agreed that Artificial Intelligence needs to take in human-centred design to succeed. Kate’s work in the health sector was a prime example, as she explained that in medical facilities, technology will not outweigh the benefits of human contact. Successful businesses ‘will be the ones that get that balance right’ – using technology as a partner for their teams rather than a replacement.
In Wellington, the discussion was themed around the challenges of fast business growth. Panellists Simon Howard, founder of ZX Security, Ian Garnett, CEO of Hirtenberger DT and Anne Guenther, co-founder of PledgeMe, took to the stage to share their own growth journeys and some of the lessons they learned along the way.
The discussion was illuminating, recognising the great benefits that business growth can bring but similarly, the unexpected consequences that also come with it. For each, developing their companies has required some changes of direction, demonstrating that success doesn’t come without a lot of hard work and a little adjustment behind it.
Both events concluded with the presentation of the Tech 500 awards, which was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the impact these companies have made in the wider Asia-Pacific region, as well as New Zealand’s growing reputation as a home for innovation and visionary leaders.
Our Deloitte Private Club events aren’t just award celebrations – regular meetings take place in our offices around the country and involve interesting presentations, panels and interactive workshops. They’re a great opportunity for those in the private sector to learn and network in a casual, supportive environment. If you’re interested in attending a future event in your area, please visit our Deloitte Private Club webpage and fill in the form.
Aly Wrightson is the Fast 50 Campaign Lead in the Deloitte Clients & Marketing team.