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Global Opportunities for Local Companies

Education Technology Conference Examines Global Opportunities for Local Companies.

18 March 2013

For immediate release.

Education technology, or EdTech, is the technology world's new cool kid with investment in the sector surpassing $1billion in the United States alone in 2012, and worldwide the industry is estimated to be worth around $15billion. New Zealand, and Wellington in particular, with it's strengths in education and technology innovation, is well placed to leverage the global interest in the sector.

On April 12 a conference in Wellington will bring together globally renowned speakers to discuss what the opportunities are for New Zealand companies in the EdTech space.

eT4e - EdTech for Export - is the inaugural national EdTech conference. eT4e is for both individuals and organisations who want to understand and be part of the business growth and export opportunities that EdTech offers. eT4e will share export success stories, provide global EdTech world views, and explain potential funding and business development support for the sector.

eT4e also aims to kickstart a collaborative EdTech sector for New Zealand where networks and partnerships can be built for an EdTech exports future. The conference is being organised by Education New Zealand, Learning Media, and Grow Wellington, the Wellington region's economic development agency.

“Education Technology is a phenomenal growth sector internationally and Wellington has proven strengths in the innovation, technology and education areas. We're also delighted to host the eT4e conference and encourage collaboration by EdTech companies across New Zealand.” says Gerard Quinn – Grow Wellington CEO.

“Connecting companies and individuals with the right combination of skills, experience and resources to access the global market is critical for success in this high-growth, rapidly evolving sector and it's one of Grow Wellington's core functions in all the sectors we work in.”

eT4e will feature speakers from the U.S.A, Asian and Australian markets and local companies that are making a big impact offshore. International speakers include; Karen Billings from USA’s Software & Information Industry Association, Karl Engvist from global EdTech leader Pearson, and Tim Brooke-Hunt from Australia's ABC TV. Local speakers include, Wellington-founded, international children's gaming company Minimonos and web-based assessments company Avancert – a successful Creative HQ alumni.

More information about eT4e and registration for the conference can be found at: http://edtechforexport.co.nz.
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