Andy Hamilton’s stewardship of Icehouse as its founding Chief Executive (and first employee), and the recent news that he is stepping down from his role after 18 incredible years is worthy of mention. Under Andy’s inspired guidance, the Icehouse has established its ecosystem based on partnerships and independence, injected support into the regions, celebrated innovation and creativity, and helped drive growth and employment. It’s fair to say that he has helped shape the tech ecosystem into the thriving, driving force it is today.
We at TIN would like to take a leaf out of Andy’s book in looking at how the tech sector can help address economic disparity in New Zealand. Going forward, we’re looking to make an enhanced commitment in 2020 and beyond towards making tech companies an increasing force for good in New Zealand, and bringing about genuine societal change.
By leading an initiative for tech companies to become more engaged in their local communities – and in schools in particular – we believe we can attract talent from parts of society not historically engaged in the tech sector. We passionately believe that the tech industry has a unique opportunity to address entrenched economic disparities by nurturing talent here at home, providing opportunities for local employment and motivating young people to help make New Zealand an even more rewarding and exciting place to live. You can read more of my thinking on this initiative here – I’d welcome your feedback on how we can make this a reality.
Greg & the TIN Team
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