My second observation is around the value of connection, collaboration, creativity and culture. This is not a new revelation, but 2022 served as a powerful reminder of its importance as many of our teams came together in person for the first time in two years. While being in the same room is not a prerequisite for collaboration, our annual innovation competition Datacomp brought together hundreds of our team members on a quest to solve some big challenges for our customers, and the energy was incredible. In less than 72 hours these teams came up with solutions to help young people navigate mental health resources, to simplify access to basic items for people in prison through the Ngā Mihi project which has now received a $50,000 GovTech grant, and to motivate businesses to engage with climate change initiatives.
That Datacomp weekend was a great reminder of what good collaboration looks like: open sharing of ideas and information, two-way communication with plenty of listening, diversity of skills, perspectives and backgrounds, and a desire to work together to challenge the status quo, identify new opportunities and solve problems. It was fitting that our theme for Datacomp this year was “Together” and focused on the idea of harnessing the power of tech to build ecosystems that contribute to positive economic, social and environmental outcomes.
My belief is that as a local business, we have a responsibility to use technology as a force for good and I see us at our most impactful when we are working closely with our customers and helping them find smart ways to change things for the better, to address challenges and create opportunities. This is when we are truly able to help people thrive and shape their own futures.
To everyone who has worked with us this year, thank you. We look forward to collaborating with you again in 2023.