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Making Pies Together

Tuesday 11:20am - 11:50am, IITP (Axios Plenary Room)

If technology is one of the drivers of our economy how can we make sure we are doing the right things to help it grow?

Before the earthquakes Christchurch’s tech sector had been growing much faster than the national average, but after the earthquakes Christchurch’s tech sector growth had slowed. This realisation that the size of the tech pie in New Zealand was growing while Christchurch’s portion had got smaller catalysed the sector to come together to develop a Christchurch Tech Sector Strategy.

Helen will talk about the collaboration that created the strategy, the hurdles and challenges. She also has a call to action for the wider NZ tech community to act as a tech city of 4m people.

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Helen Shorthouse

Sector Leader, Technology, Canterbury Development Corp (CDC)

Helen is the Sector Leader of Technology at the Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC) – Christchurch City Council’s economic development agency. She works with the sector on initiatives such as encouraging more young people to consider tech as a career and getting the awesome tech sector of Christchurch better known.

She is passionate about supporting the whole tech community and believes a strong tech sector leads to a wealthier city for everyone. She has a background in sales, marketing and business management and has been on the Canterbury Tech Cluster Committee since May 2012.