Tue 7 Jul 2020 AT 12:00 pm , Wellington

NZ GovTech Accelerator - Innovation in the Public Sector

This event is now fully booked - sorry if you have missed securing your place, we won't be running a wait-list on this occasion!

The NZ GovTech Accelerator is a government innovation programme that creates valuable projects in three months; reducing costs and de-risking innovation in the public sector.

This session provides an overview of the GovTech Accelerator programme and how it is helping government departments/agencies drive better outcomes for citizens, through the delivery of better services, and provides a case study of recent GovTech Alum, Spring, an incredibly successful project which came from the Ministry of Social Development.

Case Study:

The Ministry of Social Development entered a project team into the 2018 GovTech Accelerator to find a digital way to help Kiwis grow their financial wellbeing as there are almost 700,000 Kiwis living in financial hardship. Spring was born through this programme as the team travelled around Aotearoa and talked with people about problems they’ve faced or are still struggling with when it comes to money and finances. Spring is a digital behaviour-change platform that empowers financially vulnerable Kiwis with the knowledge, pathways and practical tools needed to directly improve their financial situation. Users earn SpringCoin, as they use the platform - a currency that allows them to redeem real-life rewards to cover essential costs, such as groceries and fuel.

More about GovTech:

In the last two years, projects in the NZ GovTech Accelerator have saved 3.5 billion litres of drinking water, provided access to online financial literacy support to 500+ people, scoped an AI project that could save NZ Inc $760m in the next 10 years, and initiated 19 other projects across a range of public sector agencies. The GovTech Accelerator is run by Creative HQ, a council control organisation, here in Wellington and will be working with the third cohort of projects, starting in August this year.