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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 02 August 2019, 4:57 pm
Update from ITPNZ

Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.

This week we're super excited to announce the draft programme and list of initial sponsors for ITx Rutherford, coming up in October. ITx Rutherford isn't like normal conferences - in fact it'll feature over 75 talks, workshops, presentations and more.

Also, the outcome of the Review of Vocational Education (RoVE) was announced on Thursday - this is the review that's proposing to merge all 16 of the country's Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, disestablish Industry Training Organisations, and change Industry's role in the process. Check out what this means for tech below.


ITx Rutherford Full Programme released! 

We're super excited to release the draft programme for ITx Rutherford 2019 - and it's looking genuinely amazing!

The full programme will feature over 75 talks, workshops, presentations and more. Most of the keynotes have now been released, along with all of the ITP conference programme. The CITRENZ programme will be added shortly.

A sample from the list of Speakers:


Timothy Kasbe

Managing Director of Zoho Corporation, A/NZ and Global Large Enterprise

Timothy KasbeTimothy Kasbe is the Managing Director of Zoho Corporation, A/NZ and Global Large Enterprise. In this role, Timothy has responsibility for all aspects of the business in A/NZ and large enterprises globally.

Prior to joining Zoho, Timothy was Chief Information and Digital Officer at several Fortune 50 companies in four continents of the world.

Why Digital Transformations Fail - Insider's view

Timothy led technology transformation and retail startup for Reliance Industries Ltd., (BSE: RIL). Reliance is the largest retailer in India today with over 10,000 stores in all states with a strong online ecommerce marketplace.

As CIO, he also helped Sears Kmart (NYSE: SHLD) transform from bricks and mortar to online digital business, establishing one of the largest marketplaces and loyalty programs in the world. Timothy also helped build first of a kind supply chains for development and production of synthetic DNA for Intrexon (NYSE: XON), a company focused on designing and engineering living systems to address the world's greatest challenges in health, energy, food, and environmental sustainability.

This talk is an insider's view of why Digital Transformation fails. More


Figen Ulgen

Head of Analytics and Insights Strategy, Woolworths NZ

Figen UlgenDr Figen Ulgen is a world leader in the topic of analytics and data science.

Following a stint at McKinsey, Dr Ulgen served as Director, Windows Azure Product Planning followed by Senior Director, Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics at Microsoft Corporation before taking on a General Manager role at Intel Corporation.

Dr Fulgen recently moved to New Zealand to take up the role of Head of Analytics and Insights Strategy at Woolworths NZ, leading their drive to become a leader in data science and analytics.

Data science and Analytics in the real world

Data science and analytics are crucial to the success of organisations today, but how do you harness the tools and technologies to make a strategic difference?

The talk will cover off how to integrate analytics function successfully into an organisation, the concept of agile analytics, and much more. more


Check out all 75+ ITx Rutherford talks here


Tickets go on sale on Monday - get in quick! 

You don't want to miss ITx Rutherford 2019 - this year's premiere tech event.

The first 20 tickets purchased will go in the draw for a VIP couch experience at an ITx Rutherford Keynote. This experience can't be bought - enjoy a comfy couch, snack, refreshments and more during an ITx Rutherford keynote.


ITx Rutherford - awesome sponsors

The first ITx Rutherford 2019 sponsors have also been announced. These companies are supporting innovation and the profession, and we think they're awesome. 

 ITx Rutherford Sponsors

Interested in supporting ITx Rutherford 2019, this year's premiere tech event?

Download the prospectus here.


Vocational Education Review: What does it mean for Tech?

Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the much-anticipated changes to vocational education this week, with a major overhaul of the Institute of Technology / Polytech sector. This is of significant interest to us - around a third of degree graduates entering our profession come from the Polytech sector. 

Yesterday's announcements confirm most of what was originally signalled. The seven key changes announced are:

  • Around four to seven industry-governed Workforce Development Councils will be created by 2022. This is intended to give industry greater control over all aspects of vocational education and make the system more responsive to employers' needs and to the changing world of work. The councils will replace and expand most of the existing roles of industry training organisations. 
  • The country's 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics will be brought together to operate as a single national campus network. A new Institute will start on 1 April 2020 and will be a new kind of organisation that provides on-the-job and off-the-job learning. The head office will not be in Auckland or Wellington, and a charter will be set out in legislation to make sure a number of bottom lines are met.
  • New Regional Skills Leadership Groups will represent regional interests and will work across education, immigration and welfare systems in each region with the intention of identifying local skill needs and making sure the system is delivering the right mix of education and training to meet them.
  • Over the next two to three years, the role of supporting workplace learning will shift from industry training organisations to training providers. Holding organisations will be formed from Industry Training Organisations to smooth the transition  
  • Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) will be established at regional campuses to drive innovation and expertise, and improve linkages between education, industry and research.
  • Māori will be included as key partners, including through Te Taumata Aronui, a Māori Crown Tertiary Education Group - that will work with education agencies and Ministers and cover all aspects of tertiary education.
  • The current dual funding system will be unified and simplified to encourage greater integration of on-the-job and off-the-job learning, ensure learners can access more work-relevant and tailored support, and enable new models of education delivery which are more responsive to employer and industry demand.

But what about degree provision, how will the mega-merger affect our sector, how will Centres of Vocational Excellence and Workplace Development Councils work and will this really save money in the long run?

Check out this TechBlog article on what this means for tech.


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