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Spark brings world-class AI programme for Kiwi businesses

Telecommunications company, Spark is introducing their AI for Business Mini MBA for Aotearoa businesses who are wanting to get a hold of the competitive edge in artificial intelligence tech.

Spanning a four-week programme, Spark is offering 150 sponsored places for Spark business customers and leaders to gain access into international AI expertise through Section.

A business education platform founded by NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway, Section is running a country-specific cohort giving business leaders a strategic understanding of AI and how it can help harness business plans and productivity benefits.

Jolie Hodson, CEO of Spark says this is part of their programme to accelerate Kiwi businesses one technology generation forward.

“Our report with NZIER has identified that advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence can enable productivity gains far beyond labour productivity alone, with a 20% uplift delivering up to $26 billion in industry output over the next decade, and GDP as much as 2.08 percent per year,” says Hodson.

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“Forty-four percent of New Zealand businesses say they don’t know enough about AI, with generative AI identified as the biggest digital technology gap by business leaders. AI has the potential to boost productivity across every sector by re-imagining day-to-day processes – whether its improved efficiency of existing processes, removing low-value manual tasks, or more advanced applications, such as automated road inspection, hazard detection, or monitoring the health of our environment.”

The programme will be led by Section CEO Greg Shove, who is also the Founder of the new AI lab, Machine&Partners and a previous senior leader at Apple.

Shove says this particular programme helps leaders accelerate their business’ adoption of AI.

“Every leader should be thinking about their organisation’s AI strategy and how to get their employees into ‘the AI class’ this year,” says Shove.

For more information and for Spark business customers to apply online, visit here.

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