Tech talks look to the future

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The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab founder Frances Valintine, who will be speaking at the Future Talks seminar in Invercargill next week. Photo: Supplied

WHAT does the future of work look like and what impact could technology have on this?

Venture Southland will host two free business events this month which will endeavour to answer these questions and help future-proof Southland businesses.

The events are part of the co-ordinated response by Venture Southland to tackle a people shortage in the region.

Venture Southland business services manager Alistair Adam said the seminars would encourage businesses to think about how technology could create new opportunities.

The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab founder Frances Valintine will be presenting at the first 2018 Future Talks seminar on Tuesday, and will cover the latest updates on the future of work and technology.

She leads a business and technology accelerator programme which connects sustainable innovators with new technology.

During the seminar, she will share her knowledge and experiences on how businesses can use innovative technologies to encourage development, and become technically skilled in an increasingly digital workplace.

Venture Southland, together with the Southland Chamber of Commerce and Callaghan Innovation, will also host the Callaghan Innovation Regional Roadshow breakfast on Wednesday.

The event will focus on how businesses can take advantage of technology change and convergence.

Callaghan Innovations general manager of strategy, impact and insights Rosalie Nelson will discuss innovative topics such as the importance of big data, virtual and augmented reality, advanced manufacturing and biotechnology.

“Big data and advanced manufacturing will play a crucial role in our industries going forward, and attending these seminars will help businesses get ahead of the curve,” Mr Adam said.

The seminars will provide attendees with the tools needed to identify how technology can create new opportunities in business and the ability to network with other like-minded Southland businesses.

“These seminars are just one part of the services Venture Southland is able to offer to help businesses develop and grow across Southland,” Mr Adam said.

Both events are free, but those planning to attend must register with Venture Southland by tomorrow, March 9.

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