PwC Herald Talks - Internet of Things Christchurch

Wed 01 Nov

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156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

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Running Time: 7am - 9am

Venue Location

156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

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Internet of Things - Christchurch

Who’s running your business – you or your fridge? 

Fridges are restocking themselves. Inanimate objects are problem solving. Talking Barbie dolls are memory-making and information-gathering. Welcome to The Internet of Things – don’t fear it, embrace it! 

The role of the Internet of Things in everyday life continues to evolve, enabling communication between physical objects offering unlimited potential to change our lives.   

It also has huge effects on your business; not only will it streamline your business practices, it will grow new markets, give you better consumer insight and radically change the landscape you operate in. 

Virtual just became reality! It’s time to understand just how IoT can benefit your business.

PwC Herald Talks

Our thought provoking business networking series moves into its third year in 2017 & hits the road – with events travelling from Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch.  PwC Herald Talks is designed to give you the knowledge, insight and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

These breakfast events discuss current & upcoming trends in business, including innovation, the internet of things, leadership, sharing economy and global & local business.

Join us and key thought leaders to connect, share knowledge, and be inspired to grow your business.


Ulrich Frerk – CEO & Founder, Adroit
Ulrich Frerk is an entrepreneur who seeks to not only create world-leading IoT technology, but seeks to change the world and the way people interact with it.

By the time the acronym ‘the Internet of Things’ was created in 2016, Adroit was already in operation, developing devices that would allow ‘dumb’ appliances like brewing machines and spa pools to be IoT capable – allowing them to be controlled intelligently and learning how to control themselves through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

For Ulrich, it is all about improving human life, energy efficiency in homes and businesses and making our spaces more interactive, more welcoming and more human.



Samantha Ramlu - Managing Director and Co-Founder, Method

Sam is the Managing Director and co-founder of Method – an award winning creative innovations agency, and recently formed M Theory – an AR/VR experience agency. 

Since 2003 Method has worked with agencies and clients to create unique and compelling digital experiences that engage and inspire. Method has been at the 
forefront of digital and interactive technology marketing in NZ since its inception. 

An excellent strategist, innovator, thought-leader, and storyteller with extensive knowledge in the digital space, Sam is passionate about creating experiences and stories that connect with audiences. 

She has successfully planned, implemented and produced innovative experiences for local and international brands across a range of industries and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun, immersive, and results driven.

Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer (NTO).  

Based in Wellington, he works with both public and private sector stakeholders on matters related to technology strategy and policy. 

Russell brings significant public sector and private sector experience to his role. From the mid-1990’s he worked at the State Services Commission where he played a lead role in development and implementation of the New Zealand e government programme. 

He also worked in the NZ Ministry of Health where he was responsible for development of health sector information strategy and policies, as was the privacy officer for the national health information collections.

Russell also spent 2004 & 2005 working in Paris as part of the OECD’s e Government project.

In 2007 Russell joined Cisco Systems. Based in Hong Kong and then London, he worked as a strategic business consultant and trusted advisor to the company’s top public and private sector customers, with a significant focus on cloud-enabled innovation. 

In 2014 Russell and his family returned to New Zealand and he took up the NTO position at Microsoft – the ideal role to allow him to bring his experience to bear in support of Microsoft’s customers, partners and stakeholders in New Zealand. In his role, Russell focuses on helping customers understand and realise the broad transformational opportunities enabled by Microsoft’s cloud platform, on working with policy makers and regulators requiring assurance about cloud services, driving cloud-enabled innovation, and addressing matters related to cybersecurity at both a customer and national level.

Hamish Mitchell – Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Loyalty NZ

Hamish joined Loyalty NZ in September 2014. In his role as Chief Strategy & Growth Officer he is responsible for leading the company’s transformation from a pure play rewards programme operator to a customer lead data and loyalty products business. Key to the achievement of this ambition is the development and delivery of the technology capability, data and loyalty products propositions and the engagement with the NZ market.

Hamish is responsible for business strategy and planning, product management and development, business development and the brand strategy and experience. Within this remit Hamish is responsible for the data and analytics products and services offered by Loyalty NZ through its Lab 360 business.

An accomplished senior leader with a proven track record of delivering tangible business results across a variety of functional disciplines including Technology, Marketing, Advertising and Communications, Product Management, Strategy and Planning in a diverse array of industries Real Estate, Public Sector, Oil, Retail and Marketing, Data Business Process Outsourcing.

Loyalty NZ is a $100 million revenue business and is owned by Foodstuffs, BNZ, IAG and Z Energy. Loyalty NZ owns and operates the Fly Buys programme which has 2.5m active customers participating in the programme and 55 participant businesses. Loyalty NZ also owns and operates Lab360 a data and analytics business. Loyalty NZ has been operating since 1996 and through Fly Buys enjoys 76% household penetration in the NZ market.

Event Format; 

7:00am Registration & stand-up networking breakfast
7:30am MC Welcome
7:40am Keynote Speaker
8:05am Panel Discussion
8:30am Q&A
9:00am End

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