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Monday news in brief (11 April 2022)

Victoria MacLennan. 11 April 2022, 7:59 pm
Monday news in brief (11 April 2022)

Kia ora koutou ITP members and supporters. Monday's ITP news is a brief wrap of interesting things across the digital technology community.

Webinar Series reboot - Give us your feedback. We want to hear from you!

During lockdown ITP ran a webinar series which was well attended and tackled a wide variety of topics. Since I joined I have heard from many of you that these are missed. So we would like to reboot this in 2022 but need to know what topics you want to learn about so we can source great speakers. 

Here is a short survey for you to provide us with insight into webinar topics: https://survey.itp.nz/zs/nXCNhF

It should take you about 2 minutes to complete so please let us know your preferences.

The clandestine computer on The Terrace - Chapter 1 ready for you to read

ITP turned 60 in 2020 and a group of fabulous people across our membership shared their mahi as authors of From Yesterday to Tomorrow, an anthology of the history of digital technology in Aotearoa New Zealand. Every week I will be posting an overview of a chapter and encouraging you to follow along with this important mahi by those who came before us.

The first chapter called "The clandestine computer on The Terrace" tells us about the first stored-program electronic computer in the country, located at 96 The Terrace - a building I have worked in throughout my own career, with Shell and then later Transpower - and used for processing Teachers Payroll for the then Department of Education. It seems this wasn't the publisied first computer however, rather a widely held secret computer. This chapter also tells us of previous technological investments by the government primarily, the census in 1921 using punch card technology to support the data processing heavy lifting being the first of those.

There are other gems in this chapter include this commentary from the report into development of the 1916 census "A feature of the compilation of the "Results of the 1916 Census" was the employment of female clerks for the bulk of the work, a departure which was necessitated by war conditions, and which was found to work well enough in practice." 

You can read this chapter here: https://history.itp.nz/part-1/carpenter.html

Thank you to the author Brian E Carpenter for bringing the history of computer power in Aotearoa to life.

What has the ITP team been up to this week?

  • Processing Tech Worker Exemption Visa applications
  • Matching up Mentors and Mentees
  • Organising events for students
  • Welcoming new members to ITP and
  • Welcoming new partners

Wondering what I have been up to this week?

  • Meeting with Branch Chairs
  • Meeting with partners
  • Working with the Ministery of Education and MBIE
  • Ministerial Advisory on Cyber Security
  • Meeting with education providers and getting up to speed on all things qualification assessments

Enjoy the short weeks ahead. Kia pai to rā, Vic


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