Qrious has a new CEO - Nathalie Morris - currently GM Data powered marketing, replacing David Leach.\nMorris was the managing director and co-founder of data and marketing automation business, \u2018Ubiquity\u2019, which Qrious acquired in 2017.\nShe says marketing automation practice is continuing to mature in New Zealand. \u201cHowever, we are still seeing many organisations with siloed customer data, who struggle to develop a single view of customer to offer more personalised and targeted customer experiences.\u201d\n IDGQrious CEO David Leach\n\u201cBy combining our advanced data and analytics capabilities with marketing tools and delivery services, we aim to transform customer engagement and help our clients win in a digital world.\u201d\nAndrew Wilshire is appointed general manager - business performance at Northpower, following three years as director consulting at PwC. His previous roles include managing director of Tomorrow, director ICT strategy and innovation at Inland Revenue, and CTO at Fonterra.\nAndrew Wilshire\nChris Dever is now senior project manager at the Bay of Plenty District Health Board in Tauranga, working with CIO Owen Wallace. He leads a compact team focusing on the implementation of the Midland Region's Clinical Portal (eSPACE).\nBefore this, Dever was an independent consultant, as well as CIO at Canterbury District Health board and manager, information services at MidCentral District Health Board.\nChris Dever\nNew Zealand\u2019s technology sector receives a marketing boost with the launch of the Technology Marketers Group (TMG).\nThe brainchild of a small group of specialist technology marketers and strategists, the group intends to radically improve the success of New Zealand technology companies both overseas and domestically.\nTMG Co-chair Jane Smallfield says the group TMG is part of the NZTech alliance and will bring marketers together so they can share experiences, strategies and techniques to help each other and to avoid wasteful duplication of effort and resource.\n\u201cThe experience of our founding members is that too often marketing\u2019s voice isn\u2019t being clearly heard within New Zealand\u2019s technology companies. That\u2019s about to change,\u201d says Smallfield.\nJane Smallfield\nSmallfield says the TMG wants to see marketers consistently included at the senior management table, with proper budgets, meaningful KPIs and a wider understanding of how marketing integrates with product development, sales and overall company operations.\n\u201cToo often we see sales and product teams positioned as the heroes within New Zealand technology companies, but without effective marketing, most companies won\u2019t survive long-term,\u201d says TMG co-chair Bob Pinchin.\nPinchin says research projects such as the annual Market Measures report consistently show that New Zealand\u2019s technology companies are not making enough use of marketing and sales support automation systems, when compared to their overseas competitors.\n\u201cToo many New Zealand companies seem to have a culture that combines a number eight wire philosophy with a few individual hotshot sales people. They do a great job as far as they go, but their competition is literally \u2018eating their lunch\u2019 by using sophisticated marketing skills and sales automation systems to outperform them,\u201d says Pinchin.\nLyndal Stewart\nLyndal Stewart joins AUT Millennium, and will create and co-ordinate its Corporate Wellness. This will include exercise, nutrition, mental wellness, health, monitoring and assessment and education. Stewart is one of the 2018 CIO100 leaders, for her work as CEO of Business Mechanix.\nTim Carr from MindKits with two of the 3D printed moa bones\n \nBones from extinct New Zealand moa are turning up in classrooms throughout New Zealand thanks to an innovative 3D printing project. \nThe moa bone project, created by Auckland based technology company MindKits, has taken the giant New Zealand moa from behind the glass of museums and placed them into the hands of educators and students across New Zealand.\nFour moa bones have been digitally scanned by MindKits to produce 3D models from which 3D prints can be formed. These 3D digital models are available free to schools.\nMindKits founder Tim Carr hopes the project will provide educators a unique opportunity to span teaching across multiple subjects, and inspire exploration and discovery. \u201cWe\u2019re smashing together technology and ecology in the most hands on way possible - using 3D scanning and 3D printing to recreate the rich natural history of New Zealand.\u201d\nGerard MacManus, learning design leader of technology at Hobsonville Point Secondary School is embracing the project. The leg bone, which took 102 hours to print, is drawing excitement from students and attracting interest from other faculty members across biology, PE and sciences. \u201cHow else would you be able to have a moa bone in your classroom.\u201d\nMacManus is now preparing to print the skull bone with his students \u201cIt\u2019s a great way for students to see 3D printing not just as a rapid prototype, but as as way to bring history back to life. \u201c says MacManus.\nThe original bones included in the MindKits project, were recovered from Wairarapa farmland in the mid 1970\u2019s. The longest bone, a tibiotarsus leg bone, measures 85cm and came from the largest species of giant moa found in the North Island, dinornis novaezealandiae. The skull and jaw bone came from an unknown smaller species.\nThe project, which kicked off at the beginning of April and runs until June, has so far distributed one hundred and twenty 3D specimen packs.\nParticipants are encouraged to publish images from their moa bone printing experiences via social media to initiate conversations and shared learning experiences.\nCause for optimism in NZ\u2019s future: Forum\nAre you optimistic about the future? And what does that future look like? \nLooking forward with optimism to New Zealand in 2070, 10 speakers from diverse backgrounds laid out their visions in answer to these questions at Optimistic Futuresmdash;a day-long event exploring where we want to go and the role public institutions should play in this future. \nThe speakers ranged from economists to paralympians, farmers to academics, and addressed a full house at Victoria University of Wellington\u2019s Pipitea campus, outlining how New Zealanders could live as individuals, organisations and a community 50 years on. \nIn the spirit of a positive democratic process, the afternoon was devoted to collaborative sessions on how these positive futures could be brought about. \nNo caption\nJory Akuhata, who walked the length of Aotearoa on the Te Araroa trail, began the blue-sky thinking with a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand that builds on already-achieved conservation efforts to preserve some of our whenua\u2019s beauty and wonder.\nMoving to an academic perspective, head of Victoria\u2019s School of Government Professor Girol Karacaoglu spoke of his desire to make New Zealand \u201ca place where talent wants to live\u201d, and outlined the five pillars that need to work together to produce intergenerational wellbeing: sustainability, social cohesion, equity, resilience and potential economic growth. \nThese pillars represent \u201cthe largest playpen within which individuals and communities can flourish\u201d and are the method by which appropriate public policy can be implemented.\n\u201cThe role of public policy is to enhance people\u2019s opportunities and capabilities to pursue the lives they value. This welcomes, embraces and celebrates all sorts of diversity,\u201d Karacaoglu says.\nOf course no future-gazing would be complete without mention of technology and its impact. \nKat Lintott, co-founder of Wrestler creative video and virtual reality (VR) agency, and M?ori researcher Malcolm Mulholland\u2019s future was one of potential for M?ori through technological advances \u2013 a 2070 where they could connect to their marae and wh?nau using VR and augmented reality, and where Aotearoa New Zealand has a written constitution with Te Tiriti o Waitangi as its founding document.\n\u201cTechnology will allow people an equal opportunity to develop their own identity within the community. Each person from birth could be given a personal artificial intelligence which would be able to communicate, help manage and access the opportunities available to every person in the country and the world,\u201d according to Lintott and Mulholland.\nFor Jon Herries and Darian Eckersley, from the Ministry of Health and Australia's Digital Health Agency respectively, Star Trek inspired their vision of healthcare in the future. \nPersonalised medicine as a \u201ckey opportunity coming soon through the field of genomics\u201d was elaborated on, along with the ability to transport patients at the touch of a button and the continued importance of humans, even in a sick bay filled with machines. \n\u201cThis shows that despite advances in healthcare there is a continued need for the human touch and empathy. In the future we see machines increasingly being able to offer an end-to-end healthcare service hellip; The health professional\u2019s role in this context is much more of a healthcare navigator working for the patient to ensure the machines provide the services that the patient needs.\u201d\nAcknowledging, celebrating and promoting connection and understanding were important themes for many of those gazing toward a rosier future for us all. \nNuffield Scholar and farmer Sam Lang used the example of a mycelial network (the extensive root system all fungus grows from) to represent the \u201cdiverse, connected and resilient future\u201d he imagines can be created by an agriculturally literate society that understands an ecological approach to food and farming. \n\u201cMy optimistic future is where ecology sits alongside civics as a foundational component of our education system,\u201d says Lang.\nParalympic swimming gold medallist Mary Fisher proposed a society that puts care, community and creativity at its core, and asked how we could change perceptions to see diversity as a strength in a fully inclusive and accessible society.\nEmphasising the importance of inclusivity, Citizen\u2019s Advice Bureau Chief Executive, Kerry Dalton, ended the day\u2019s presentations with a reminder about New Zealand\u2019s \u201cvisionary role\u201d in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by \u201censuring that this universal framework of human rights included economic and social rights.\u201d\n\u201cWe have strayed off the pathway set by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent follow up obligations, a pathway that we helped emblazon,\u201d says Dalton.\u201cBut the pathway is still there and if we give life to it, if we create an active culture of human rights within government, within communities and within the hearts and minds of our citizens, then this will provide the way for an optimistic future for everyone.\u201d\nParticipants take part in the afternoon collaboration sessions\nKat Lintott, co-founder of Wrestler creative video and virtual reality (VR) agency outlines her optimistic future for New Zealand.\nJon Herries and Darian Eckersley, from the Ministry of Health and Australia's Digital Health Agency respectively, deliver their \u2018Star Trek\u2019 vision of healthcare in 2070.