Data Driven Innovation


To enable all sectors of the economy to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the economic value of data, leading to increased adoption and use of Data Driven Technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, with flow-on benefits in terms of reduced emissions and greater productivity.

The Data Steering Group comprises members from the New Zealand AI Forum and MBIE.

Engagement with the sector revealed the need for greater access to data in order to create new products and services, to drive innovation and to accelerate the application of AI across multiple sectors of our economy. This calls for a focus on driving the benefits of Data Driven Innovation (DDI) beyond the Digital Technologies sector itself.

Initial work completed includes:

  • Feedback from the sector on a targeted discussion document
  • Support for an Aotearoa Digital Alliance pilot and report on findings
  • Engagement with potential providers of the education and awareness pilot, including how we might create adjunct frameworks to assist businesses in undertaking data governance (these frameworks will be developed as part of the i4 Accelerator work)
  • Inter-agency discussions on advancing a National Digital Twin


Aotearoa Digital Alliance

The objective of the proposed Aotearoa Digital Alliance (ADA) is to bridge the short-term R&D requirements of New Zealand businesses who do not have the necessary in-house capacity or resources to undertake R&D themselves. The ADA initiative responds to a barrier concerning how researchers connect with industry in a way that solves “real world” innovation challenges. It acts as a broker to match the needs of the business sector to the capabilities of the wider research/innovation community.

To pilot this concept, MBIE has sponsored the University of Otago to undertake a research programme to prototype an extended reality (virtual, mixed and augmented reality) demonstrator. The outcomes of the project will inform further work on collaborative R&D, with the potential for future commercialisation of the extended reality product. The insights from this pilot will help inform how the ADA could be implemented on a longer term basis.

Digital Twin

Given the interest in, and potential of, a National Digital Twin, subject to resourcing, a high-level business case to assess the need for a NDT should be advanced as a first step. This would entail identifying the interested organisations, potential use cases, and a more detailed implementation plan.

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