Update from ITPNZ
Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.
We were very excited to be recognised as operating the leading programme engaging New Zealanders with ICT last week. The award-winning Tahi Rua Toru Tech in-school programme took out top honours at the industry's CIO Awards. Unfortunately I missed the awards as I was in Hong Kong presenting to the Seoul Accord on behalf of New Zealand. And a reminder about ITP's low-cost liability insurance scheme, and ITx Rutherford's Call for Presenters.
Our Tahi Rua Toru Tech team were very excited to be recognised as the leading programme engaging New Zealand with ICT at the CIO Awards last week!
On hand to pick up the award (L-R) was Craig Harrison (ITP Auckland), Rose Carpenter (Ministry of Education), Victoria Reille and Joy Keene (from ITP's 123Tech team), Igor Portugal (ITP Auckland Chair) and Christan Pianta (from ITP's Ops team).
123Tech is New Zealand's exciting digital challenge for school students built around the successful TechHub CREST Challenge. Through 123Tech, our team helps student teams solve problems in their local school or community using digital technologies.
Partnering with the Ministry of Education and teachers, the IT industry created the 123Tech Challenge to support the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content in schools. Small teams complete the challenge as a whole-class activity, smaller in-class groups, or through their local Code Club.
Thousands of students participate in 123Tech and it's free for schools; funded 50/50 by industry (cash and in-kind) and the Ministry of Education.
123Tech is run by IT Professionals NZ in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Code Club Aotearoa, and CITRENZ. Industry partners include Datacom, NZSEG, and a host of other companies.
It was great to be recognised at the awards, alongside some other incredible initiatives. If your kids' school isn't involved in 123Tech yet, talk to your principal or teachers!
More info at 123tech.nz
Degree Accreditation's Seoul Accord meeting in Hong Kong
Last week I accompanied ITP Accreditations Board Chair Prof Steve MacDonell and Accreditations Chief Visit Manager Murray Wills to Hong Kong for the latest meeting of the Seoul Accord, the agreement between countries who accredit computing/IT degrees.
I was there to present New Zealand's case for moving to full Signatory status shortly. The presentation was very well received with a lot of interest in developments from New Zealand, such as in the Immigration space.
Accredited Degrees are those which have been found to be a good pathway into the IT Industry - you can see the current list here. The majority of Universities and Institutes of Technology who offer eligible Computing/ICT degrees in New Zealand are now accredited by ITP, with two further institutions undertaking accreditation later this year (with Seoul Accord observers attending).
A big congrats to Prof Michael Johnson from Australia, who was elected the new Chair of the Accord following the expiry of Prof Kim from Korea's term as Chair.
On the Seoul Accord side, the Accord itself is growing - with Malaysia becoming a Provisional Signatory (joining Ireland, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Mexico and NZ) and Indonesia proposing to become a Provisional Signatory next year.
The current full signatories include Australia, the USA, Hong Kong, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and Taiwan.
Do you have Professional Liability Insurance?
If you're operating as a contractor and don't have liability insurance, you're taking a very big risk. And taking insurance doesn't always have to cost thousands.
Here are some real-world examples of what can go wrong:
- A software company was sued by a customer after he used the company's cost estimating software. The software itself was found to have functioned perfectly. The customer eventually dropped the case, but only after considerable legal expenses was incurred by the software company. Cost of defending: $175,000
- An IT Contractor was a website specialist. He was retained to build an online booking system for a travel company. It was alleged that the system contained coding errors causing it to crash. The cost of the claim included the cost of reprogramming a new system and lost sales incurred during the system downtime. The Insurer settled for $700,000
- Over $1,000,000 in damages were sought from an IT contractor who was a systems integrator and was contracted to install a computer system to manage information regarding the Client's insurance policies. The contractor failed to meet established deadlines and deliver a functioning system. The Client sued alleging the Contractor sold the system knowing it could not be delivered on time and function as sold.
The fact is, if you're an IT contractor or consultant you're operating in an environment of risk. And regardless of whether you're right or wrong, if someone has a go at you it's going to cost a lot to defend.
The good news is, if you're an ITP member or Corporate Partner you can access our member insurance scheme, including Professional, Statutory and Public Liability cover from just $449+GST (if CITPNZ Certified) or $529+GST (if not), depending on circumstance.
It's quick to sign up - you start with an online form. Members have reported that the scheme has saved them literally thousands of dollars in insurance costs.
Find out more on the ITP website.
ITx Rutherford: Call for Presentations and Sponsorship
And lastly, just a reminder about the Call for Presentations for ITx Rutherford in October. Are you keen to speak at our industry's premiere tech and innovation event? More info here
And if your company is interested in supporting ITx Rutherford, check out the Sponsorship Prospectus [PDF].
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