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AI Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori


17 January 2019

Artificial Intelligence “Hack Aotearoa” Conference Designed to Lift Health Outcomes for Maori.

A Global Artificial Intelligence Conference starting tomorrow at the Auckland Business School will explore the use of predictive data, robotics and new smart technologies to develop better health and wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders with a strong focus on Maori.

Provocatively named “Hack Aotearoa” has world leading experts such as Professor Eric Topl (Scripps Institute) and Dr. Leo Celi (MIT/Harvard) in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector, coming to New Zealand to work alongside leading New Zealand data scientists and doctors, to explore the potential for Aotearoa to be a world indigenous leader in the fields of health and medicine by integrating Maori Tikanga with AI Technology.

Hosted by Dr Marise Stuart, and Dr. Mataroria Lyndon, “Hack Aotearoa” has a strong Maori focus given Maori are predominant in negative health statistics in NZ. The event is about using big data in an intelligent way, to "hack" the health system and empower wellness and improved health outcomes in Aotearoa, with a priority on improving Māori health.

The international line-up of speakers with impressive global credentials includes several high profile Maori health leaders. Included are:

Professor. Papaarangi Reid
Andrew Sporle
Kylie Reiri (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngai Tahu)
Ernestynne Walshe (Ngati Porou)
Professor Des Gorman (Ngapuhi/Ngati Kuri)
Eru Lyndon (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Kahu and Ngati Toa)
Dr. Rawiri Jansen
Mr. Ross Ihaka (Ngati Kahungunu; Rangitane)

The biographical details for all the speakers and further details of the conference are available on the website hackaotearoa.co.nz.

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