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Monday news in brief (16 May)

Victoria MacLennan. 16 May 2022, 10:37 pm
Monday news in brief (16 May)

Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters. It's #TechWeek so we will all be busy joining webinars and in person events, finding out the latest trends, about great mahi and catching up with colleagues old and new. A reminder ITP is hosting a webinar this Wednesday on Lifting the Cyber Capability of Aotearoa - I am especially excited about hosting this panel after spending the last 6 months providing Ministerial Advice on Cyber Security as part of the Cyber Security Advisory Committee for Minister Little and Minister Clark.  

As you may have already seen the government announced there will be $20M in support of the Digital Industry Transformation Plan this budget. While it appears from the statements by Minister Calrk the primary focus in on the SAAS export segment of the Digital Technology industry we are hopeful from his comment "I remain committed to the other industry initiatives which were well supported in consultation" that the broader skills work required - to support services companies, digital agencies, gaming companies and others vibrant growing segments of the sector - will also be supported through this funding.

Enjoy TechWeek folks, Kia pai tō rā Vic

Tahi Rua Toru Tech mentors needed

Last week we had a shout out for volunteers to provide TechHub talks, today we are looking for mentors able to support teams participating in the 2022 Tahi Rua Toru (or 123) Tech challenge. 

The Tahi  Rua Toru Tech challenge is a programme targeted at students from years 0-13 designed to introduce them to the opportunities of the Digital Technology Industry through learning by doing. The programme is designed to create opportunities for ākonga (learners) to explore, be creative, make mistakes, and to innovate.    

Industry mentors are a crucial component of the Challenge at Intermediate and Secondary School levels, supporting teachers as they deliver the programme. Mentors provide advice and guidance to teams of students and help them frame up a solution for an issues effecting their local community or school. 

The workload is not high for industry mentors. They meet with the students 2-3 times over a 12 week period, plus provide additional guidance as required. This is an opportunity to really help learners open their minds to the possibilities of tech, it's incredibly rewarding supporting these teams and experiencing the creative energy of students.

Mentors can come from any role in our creative and vibrant industry - you don't need to come from a technical background. To be an effective mentor for students you simply need to be a good understanding of industry concepts, know how to motive students to undertake research, expand on their ideas and help them to identify  solution options. 

You could be a business analyst, a project manager, an analyst, an architect, a tester, a product manager, a developer (of any kind), work in UI/UX, gaming, the government, a tech company or any company / team who is responsible for creation or support of digital technology solutions. 

If you can help us please email [email protected]

Telecommunications infrastructure: Entering the fibre era - Chapter 2 "From Yesterday to Tomorrow"

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.

This second chapter provides a brief history of telecommunications and the internet in Aoteara. The author Bill Bennet provides a timeline from 1989 to the advent of UFB (or ultrafast broadband), sharing the legislative milestones and how fibre became a major political points scoring policy. Bill reminds us just how bad that connectivity was once upon a time, the privatisation of Telecom, our origional mobile providers - anyone remember BellSouth - and much much more.

It was timely reading this chapter as it refers to (and provides a link to) the Digital Strategy for Aotearoa written in 2004!!!! which boldly claimed "All New Zealanders will have the necessary literacy skills to maximise their opportunities using digital means." 

In June 2004, the government released 'The Digital Strategy: A Draft New Zealand Digital Strategy for Consultation'. The document pulled together official thinking about how telecommunications should develop and its place in a wider information technology context. It included a series of specific targets for the sector to reach by 2010.


Well worth a read this chapter is avaliable here: Thanks Bill for sharing these insights with us all. 


The ITP team are working on a new look, easier to navigate website and will also be deploying an improved panui news bulletin in the coming weeks - we hope you will enjoy these changes. Vic



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