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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 05 October 2020, 3:54 pm
Quick ITP update and upcoming events

We're excited to be helping host the CITRENZ 2020 conference on computing education this week - see more details below. It'll be run online only this year and free for everyone - a great chance to check out some of the awesome keynotes and papers.

Heaps of great events coming up too - check out the next three Gibbons Lectures on AI and Society, plus we'll take a look at tech's role in the health response to Covid-19 at next week's Thursday Live Webinar.

We're also still asking for your help as we work to understand the future skill needs in our industry, as much as possible in the current environment anyway. See below for more details.


CITRENZ Educational Conference this week

This week we're helping host the free CITRENZ 2020 conference as a virtual online conference for the first time.

CITRENZ 2020 is the premiere computing education conference in New Zealand and spans all disciplines of computing and information technology education. While focusing on tertiary education, it also provides links from secondary education and further into the computing industry.

CITRENZ itself (Computing and IT Research and Education NZ) is made up of almost every computing/IT faculty in the Polytechnic and Institute of Technology space, however with great participation from the Private providers too.

The conference regularly attracts attendees from all over New Zealand as well as international delegates.  This year we are running the conference on a virtual platform, largely due to the ongoing uncertainty this year but it will also allow us all to experience a different format and hopefully engage wider. 

This conference is FREE to all educators, professionals, and researchers in the computing and information technology communities.

Personally, I love the CITRENZ conference - it's the one conference I strive to get to every year. It's a fantastic community doing some genuinely interesting things. There'll be some really good nuggets in there, and anyone can participate anywhere (registration reqd).

As CITRENZ has been an ITx conference in recent years, we've used the ITx platform for their Programme etc. The full programme is here.

Some sessions I'm looking forward to: 

  • Paul Wood opening keynote. Not tech-related, but Paul is a hugely inspiring individual. He woke up one day serving a 10-year prison sentence and used the power of education to find his way back - completing an undergraduate degree and Masters, and on his way to a PhD (which he later completed).
  • WDC session with myself, WDC Interim Establishment Board chair Victoria Spackman and member Emma Naji, CITRENZ Chair Hamish Smith and Whitiriea and Weltec's HOS Mary-Claire Proctor. We'll be giving an update on the RoVE process and especially the Workforce Development Council. 
  • Hamish Smith and Sam Mann: IT educators beyond Covid - looking at how Covid has impacted the future of education in New Zealand.
  • Heidi Renata: The adventures of a curious wahinepreneur in technology and the fast-changing business landscape. Should be a really interesting one from an awesome and very capabile "wahinepreneur"

There are heaps of other really good sessions too, plus virtual social events. Hope to see you there. 

More info and register here


Next week's Thursday Live Webinar:
How Technology enabled the Health Response

Thursday Live Health

4pm Thursday 15 October

From the Covid app to data management, prediction engines, contract tracing and much more, Tech has played a major role in the health response to Covid-19.

Join the NZ Ministry of Health's Digital and Data head Shayne Hunter as he outlines the role Tech has played to date in the health response including lessons learnt and opportunities for the future. He'll also provide some insight into the "war room" efforts that led to New Zealand's world-leading response.

As always, there'll be plenty of time for Q&A, with ITP CEO Paul Matthews putting your questions to Shayne.

The session will also kick off with our Tech Media Panel.

Register and more info


Gibbons Lectures on AI and Society

This year's annual series of Gibbons Lectures, run by the University of Auckland in partnership with IT Professionals NZ, focuses on AI and Society. The events are being run live online for the first time.

Last week's was excellent, and the following are coming up:

Check them out at the links above.


Last week's Thursday Live Webinar:
How Covid is impacting the Gaming Industry

Thursday Live Gaming

PikPok (previously Sidhe Interactive) is one of NZ's most successful publishers of fun and addictive games across smartphone, tablet, and desktop. They're a global success story, founded right here in New Zealand.

Come and join PikPok Co-founder and Chief Executive Mario Wynands as he talks through developments in the gaming sector over the last few years, and especially the significant impact that Covid-19 has had recently. There are significant immediate and ongoing implications for the digital sector overall.

Mario has been called the "Godfather of video game development in New Zealand" for his huge efforts both building the largest game development studio in New Zealand, but also helping nurture new talent and start-up studios. 

This was an interesting and informative talk.

ITP members can watch it free here


Cybersecurity short courses - essential content

In light of the recent attacks on NZX and others, we've been asked to schedule more of our cybersecurity short courses. These are perfect for tech professionals to help ensure you have the core stuff covered, while also helping put in place plans should you be the victim of an attack.

The following courses are on offer in the next 2 weeks:

Hands-on security: Testing your web apps for exploits

6 October (TOMORROW) - Our new full-day "Hands-on security" course is a comprehensive one-day course covering the most common current web security exploits and the tools that developers, testers, engineers and security analysts can use every day to detect and protect against vulnerabilities.

Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks

13 October - The half-day Cybersecurity Incident Response Playbooks course is intended for those wishing to develop incident response playbook(s) for their organization to respond to a range of potential cybersecurity threats. The course covers best practice cyber-response playbooks following the NIST cyber-response frameworks.

Our half-day courses are from $300+GST per person, and the full-day course is from $430+GST. Members and non-members welcome, however see the website for member and corporate partner pricing.

This really is inexpensive compared with similar courses elsewhere and not much given the cost of getting these things wrong.

All are delivered live online, so participate from anywhere. Also, talk to us about bulk deals to ensure your whole staff are covered.


What are New Zealand's future digital skill needs?

It's certainly been a rough year for many companies in New Zealand and around the world. Now more than ever, it's essential we get a good picture of New Zealand's future digital tech skill needs.

We need your help - as a Digital Skills Forum initiative in partnership with NZTech, MBIE and NZRise, we're working together to understand what these future skill needs are. And we need your help by taking the time to let us know your company's perspective.

We know you're busy but this isn't "just another survey". The results will be used to set policy and decisions with real implications for our industry, through the Industry Transformation Plan and other Government and industry initiatives.

Ideally, the most senior person involved in skills and hiring in your organisation should complete the survey, getting help as needed. If that's not you, could you forward this on to them? It should only take 10-15 minutes and is really important.

Complete the skills survey here


Previous webinars - all available free to members

All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:

  • How Covid is impacting the Gaming Industry
  • Creating a plan for Digital Skills
  • Cybersecurity and the recent attacks
  • Tech legal update - what you need to know
  • An afternoon with Nanogirl
  • Taking kiwi tech to the post-Covid world
  • Tech startups in a post-Covid world
  • The IRD Transformation
  • Digital Government and Covid-19
  • Tech and the Covid-19 recovery
  • Privacy in the days of Covid-19
  • Leading Wellness in uncertain times
  • Meet the ITP Workshop Presenters
  • The data behind Covid19
  • Innovation in tough times: Don't Hunker in the Bunker
  • Covid19: Tech and the Law
  • Cybersecurity from home
  • Clarke Ching on disaster innovation
  • CITPNZ and CTech: The What, How and Why
  • Working Remotely - How to get through

Check out the webinar section here


Save the Date - ITx 2020/2021

After postponing ITx this year due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, we are beyond excited to announce the dates for ITx 2021 - 3-5 May 2021 at TSB Arena in Wellington.

ITx is a collaborative conference, with around 12 tech organisations working together to make it happen. We work with the other organisations to bring all of these communities together.

As always the conference focuses on bringing tech professionals, decision-makers, leaders and academics together under one roof - it really is where industry and education come together to learn, engage and network. We will also be celebrating 60 years of IT Professionals NZ!


Have a great week.


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