September, 2012

  • NZ GovTech - Microsoft New Zealand Government Affairs Blog

    Making Data Human at TechEd NZ 2012

    Last week we were delighted to join more than 2,000 technology professionals at TechEd New Zealand 2012.

    A strong theme of this year’s keynote was the use of technology to make data human: Useful, exciting, beautiful, and even fun! It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking at a page of numbers, but keynote speaker Jer Thorp (Data Artist in Residence, New York Times) showed with great humour and conviction exactly how to achieve it.

    Jer Thorp, Data Artist

    Continuing the theme of making data human, Hon Amy Adams (Minister of Communications and Information Technology) discussed the data that Government collect and make freely available for businesses and developers to gain insight and build great applications. The Government’s data.govt.nz website now boasts almost 2,000 sets of open data.

    Hon Amy Adams at the Welcome Reception

    We were pleased to announce a contest to build Windows 8 apps that make use of New Zealand data, for New Zealanders. The contest is open to all New Zealand residents, and we’re giving away five Windows RT slates to the contest winners as an extra incentive for people to get involved.

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