It was a real privilege to attend the New Zealand Computer Society’s 50th Anniversary Conference held in Rotorua last week. The focus of the conference was on innovation and I saw an awesome lineup of speakers with track records of ICT business success, including Sam Morgan (TradeMe), Rod Drury (Xero), Ian McCrae (Orion Health) and Craig Nevill-Manning (Google’s Director of New York Engineering – who happens to be a Kiwi). Unfortunately I didn’t get to see Nat Torkington but I hear he was great.

There were also some other well-known personalities present, including Ernie Newman from TUANZ, David Farrar (Kiwiblog), and Seeby Woodhouse, the founder of Orcon.

Thanks to NZCS for organising the conference – and to Hawke’s Bay’s own Airnet for providing the broadband which allowed all those people to tweet and blog just about every word that was spoken during the event.