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DIGI_X: Digital Decisions

As a business-first technology conference, DIGI_X will reveal exciting use-cases of innovative tech in powering growth at scale and speed.

What's it all about?

DIGI_X is a platform for  sharing real Kiwi stories of transformation and innovation and real world use cases of ground-breaking technologies in business. 

The future of every Kiwi business lies in the use of technology and innovation to grow at scale and speed to become customer-centric and to find new revenue streams. And business leaders and owners must be able to lead innovation and drive the workplace and culture shifts needed to support these exponential changes.

Join us at DIGI_X to get the full picture around the successes and constraints in driving transformation in both SME's and large enterprises.

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You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

EMA Business Hub Conference Centre, 145 Khyber Pass Rd, Grafton, Auckland

Thursday 23 May
9:00am - 4:00pm

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Laura Maxwell

Chief Digital Officer, NZME

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Rashida Hodge

Vice-President, Insurance Industry/Watson AI Partnerships, IBM North America

As Vice-President, IBM North America – Insurance Industry, Rashida Hodge leads cross-functional teams enhancing customer engagement and driving digital transformation. She also has extensive expertise in leading the strategy, execution and deployment of IBM Watson AI solutions for business.

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Huia Burt

Co-founder & Director, Electric Kiwi

Huia has over 10 years’ experience in the electricity sector and called on all her skills in commercial analysis and project management to help Electric Kiwi become New Zealand's fastest-growing electricity retailer.

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Victor Yuen

Head of Product, FaceMe

As the Head of Product for FaceMe, Victor Yuen and his team are at the forefront of researching and developing an AI powered digital human platform. They are working with some of the world’s largest banks and telcos (including Vodafone and ASB) to make digital experiences more human.

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Brett O'Riley

Chief Executive Officer, EMA

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Tim Pointer

Chief Executive Officer, Uprise Digital

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Michael Lovegrove

Chief Executive Officer, JRNY

Michael Lovegrove is the CEO of JRNY - a NZ based artificial intelligence company revolutionising the insurance industry with digital insurance brokers. He is passionate about artificial intelligence being used for social good.

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Aaron McDonald

Founder, Centrality.Ai

Co-Founder of Centrality.Ai, Aaron has held leadership positions in companies such as BlockhausCrypto, Putti, and Telecom Digital Ventures to name a few.

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UX Lead, Uprise Digital

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James Fuller

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Hnry

James Fuller is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hnry, an online platform that allows anyone to take advantage of the emerging gig economy, without worrying about the financial admin that goes along with it.


9.00am - 9.20am
Introduction and Opening Remarks
Brett O'Riley - Chief Executive Officer, EMA
9.20am – 9.50am
Keynote: AI in the Real World: A Global Perspective with Tangible Lessons from the Field
Rashida Hodge - Vice-President, Insurance Industry & Watson AI Partnerships, IBM North America
9.50am – 10.15am
The ‘Digital Humans’ Are Coming - But is Your Business Ready?
Victor Yuen - Head of Product, FaceMe
10.15am – 10.35am
PANEL: Are Budgets the Biggest Constraints on Incorporating AI for Small Business, Or is it Mindset?
10.35am - 11.05am
Networking Break
Morning Tea
11.05am – 11.35am
Self-Disruption To Prevent Self-Destruction. The Transformation Journey and How to Stay Ahead of Disruption.
Laura Maxwell - Chief Digital Officer, NZME
11.35am – 12.05pm
Kiwis Going Electric! How Smart Innovation and Common Sense is Helping One Company Change the Whole Sector
Huia Burt - Co-Founder & Director, Electric Kiwi
12.05pm – 12.35pm
Your First Conversational AI Application - Reaching Beyond Uncertainty
Michael Lovegrove - Chief Executive Officer, JRNY
12.35pm – 1.05pm
Usable Blockchain - Not Just For The Big Players
Aaron McDonald - Founder, Centrality.AI
1.05pm - 2.05pm
Networking Break
Buffet Lunch
2.05pm - 2.10pm
Digital Diairies
2.10pm – 2.40pm
Moving from an Analog to a Digital Culture - and Does Diversity Have Any Role to Play?
Brett O'Riley - Chief Executive Officer, EMA
2.40pm – 3.10pm
A Fresh Perspective on Your People Strategy in the Gig Economy
James Fuller - Chief Executive Officer, Hnry
3.10pm – 3.45pm
PANEL: The Big Business Continuity Question - What Happens in a Post-Transformation Landscape?
3.45pm - 3.55pm
Closing Remarks
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