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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 19 October 2020, 3:00 pm
Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Well it was a huge weekend politics-wise, especially for Labour, Act and the Greens. So what does the election result mean for tech policy going forwards and how is ITP going to help raise awareness of tech issues with all 120 MPs, including the 40 new ones?

Plus, we're excited about the upcoming 123Tech In-school Challenge national finals, and check out some upcoming (and previous) events below!


Decisive election result: tech policy going forwards

Well what a massive weekend politics-wise. 

In many respects we're just happy the election is over. Regardless of the outcome, a lot of policy work that impacts our industry goes on hold over the election period and while there didn't seem to be the same "Wellington shutdown" this election as previous ones, now that the next Govt has been decided things can move forwards.

As always, we're preparing briefings for incoming ministers (BIMs), given there will likely be a reshuffle that may or may not impact on ministers with responsibilities that intersect our industry - for example, Govt Digital Services, Communications, Science and Innovation, Education, etc. While Govt officials prepare detailed briefings, ours help new Ministers understand what's happening from the industry side as well.

In our view, one unfortunate highlight of this election was the disappointing lack of thought that went into tech-related policies from most of the parties and we're committing, right here and now, to help change that going forward. 

How, you might ask?

As with several of our industry association colleagues, we meet with Ministers and officials fairly regularly. However, as you'd expect, these discussions are almost always about specific issues that are either of concern to industry at the time, or the subject of review or consideration by Government.

Going forward, we're going to prepare a quarterly "State of the nation" style document outlining the issues and concerns from the sector and profession's perspective from a high level, covering off many different aspects of tech. We won't go into bat on everything, but we will distribute it to all 120 MPs (and publicly) and meet with any MP from any party who would like a more detailed briefing.

Please do continue to keep us in the loop on issues that you see as significant for our profession. Not everything will make it to the quarterly briefing (as we want to keep it short and sharp) but we will work to increase awareness of those that fall in our areas. It's great hearing from our members - it gives us thousands of ears, eyes and perspectives.

We'll also continue heading up the Skills Workstream of the Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan and see that as a huge potential catalyst for much-needed action on the skills and talent side of things.

And as always, we'll remain involved in a host of other initiatives with Government, from educational work at all levels through to immigration, innovation policy, and much more. 

There's certainly a lot going on and we'll continue to be the strong voice for the tech profession, as we have been for the last 60 years.


123Tech National Finals event coming up

We're really excited about the Tahi Rua Toru Tech National Finals this year!

As most will know, Tahi Rua Toru Tech (123Tech) is NZ's in-school project-based digital tech challenge, with teams of students across New Zealand using digital tech to tackle a problem in their local school or community.

The challenge is co-funded by industry and Government, and many thousands of students have taken part over the last three years to help usher in the Digital Technologies curriculum.

Given Covid and its impact on travel and other activities, we've opted for a livestreamed broadcast event rather than the face-to-face finals event this year. While on one hand it'll be sad not to welcome all the finalists to Wellington, it gives us the opportunity to put together an amazing showcase of both school student work, and our industry.

The finals event will be in the afternoon of 10th December, so keep this free from 2pm. As well as announcing and celebrating the national winners live, the event will feature virtual tours and interviews with some of the most innovative tech companies in New Zealand and quite a few surprises!


Final Gibbons Lecture this week

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.

This has been an excellent series, with one remaining on Wednesday:

Weds 21 October: Lecture 4: Social media, AI, and society: Some psychological insights


Upcoming ITP Live Webinar:
Down-to-Earth Leadership Skills for Tech Geniuses

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Coming up on 3rd November, ITP's Auckland Branch are hosting leadership guru Mark Greaney for a live webinar on down-to-earth leadership skills for tech geniuses. And non-geniuses too :).

He'll be talking about an age-old problem in our industry - people either being promoted to leadership roles, or taking leadership roles when founding tech companies, based on the fact that they're great at a technical role. However that often doesn't translate to great leadership skills.

The good news is, there are lots of practical, down-to-Earth tools you can use and Mark will be running through them then taking your questions. Should be an excellent session!

More info and register


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

Thursday Live Health

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 was plenty of time for Q&A, with ITP CEO Paul Matthews putting audience questions to Shayne.

The session also kicked off with our Tech Media Panel.

ITP members can watch it free here


LAST CHANCE: 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 technology enabled the health response
  • 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!


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