eT4e Programme 2013

Registration opens

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Please be prompt as the conference kicks off at 9am.  Hot coffee and tea will be available to help you kick-start your conference day.

Conference opening

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies, David Copeland

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Honorable Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment will open the 2015 EdTech for Export Conference. Then our Master of Ceremonies, David Copeland will outline the events for the day.

Keynote 1| INSPIRE: Why Edtech Could Teach the World

Frances Valintine | The Mindlab by Unitec

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Frances is a technologist and an education futurist. Hear her views on why EdTech could teach the world, or at least the 3.2 billion inhabitants aged under 20.

Around the room – attendees introduce yourselves

A goal of this conference is to support relationship building and networking.  In this session, conference attendees will be invited to introduce themselves and provide a lightning fast (30 seconds or less) overview of who they are, and their Edtech area of activity or interest.

Morning Tea


Say it in 5

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Ten of our conference attendees will showcase their business, product or development goals in more detail.

Panel 1 | The Importance of User Needs and a Customer Centric Approach

Facilitator: David Copeland

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Customer centricity is not just about offering great customer service, it means offering a great experience from awareness through purchasing to post-purchase service. It’s a strategy that’s based on putting your customer first, and at the core of your business. Social media and unprecedented access to information, such as peer-to-peer product and service reviews, are giving greater power to consumers, creating more informed and demanding customers. These experiences are shaping consumer expectations across all sectors, including EdTech. Learn how three successful NZ businesses are doing all they can to put the customer first.

Peter Dixon (NZ)
General Manager, Co-Founder, Story Park

Shane Smith (NZ)
CIO & Co-founder, Education Perfect

Mike Walmsley (NZ)
Founder, CodeAvengers

Hosted Lunch | Food for Thought

Industry Trends

Visa Gallery

  • Global
  • Education
  • Digital Publishing
  • Online Learning
  • Gaming and App’s
  • Export and Business Growth
  • Investment and Entrepreneurship

Keynote 2 | EXPERIENCE: Market Perspectives

Allison Baum, Fresco Capital

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Transforming Education: EdTech Opportunities in Asia

Panel 2 | The Road to Export Markets

Facilitator: David Glover

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Exporting is a journey that can help your business grow and prosper. It can also improve your competitiveness by exposing you and your staff to new ideas and demands from overseas customers.

The main keys to successful exporting are commitment and planning – hear about the many routes to successful export from companies active in a variety of markets.

Allison Baum (HK)
Managing Director, Fresco Capital

Andy Cooper (NZ)
Software Education

Chris Wright (NZ)
Head of Business Development, ADInstruments & KuraCloud

Siah Hwee Ang (NZ)
Professor, Victoria University of Wellington

Afternoon Tea


Panel 3 | Empowering Schools, Teachers and Students through Technology

Facilitator: Derek Wenmoth

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Advances in technology and communication, combined with the explosive growth in data and information, have given rise to more empowered teachers and students. By 2020, 80% of the global population will have access to mobile phones and more than 60% to smartphones or low-cost tablet computers. Schools, teachers and students are looking for teaching and planning products that improve efficiency, assess, engage, interact, adapt and most importantly help deliver quality learning.

The panel will discuss what this means for edtech companies looking to sell to the K-Year12/13 school markets.

Steven Renata (NZ)
Founder, KIWA® Digital

Paul Organ (NZ)
Co-Founder, Boardingware

Neale Pitches (NZ)
Executive Chairman,South Pacific Press

Keynote 3 | CHALLENGE: Where EdTech is heading

Frank Catalano, Intrinsic Strategy

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Edtech trends to watch – and fads to avoid
It’s dizzying to keep track of developments that affect education technology companies. From Open Educational Resources and student privacy issues to iPads and Chromebooks, which are long-term trends — and which are unsupportable fads? Long-time industry consultant, analyst, and tech observer Frank Catalano will highlight key trends that merit your attention, and hyped fads your business may do well to ignore, in the U.S. and beyond.

Networking Event

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Refresh, recap and reconnect with beautiful Wellington Harbour as a backdrop.