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Update from ITPNZ

Paul Matthews. 17 May 2019, 4:00 pm
Update from ITPNZ

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

What a bumper week at ITP!

As well as visiting Singapore at the start of the week to collaborate on a major project promoting skills cross-recognition across the wider region, we've opened the Call for Papers for ITx Rutherford, been announced as finalists in the CIO Awards, started the nomination process for our Branch Committees, and so much more.

And don't forget - sponsorship opportunities are filling fast for ITx Rutherford. Get in quick!


ITx Rutherford

ITx Rutherford Call for Presentations

We're really excited to open the Call for Presentations for the ITP conference at ITx Rutherford 2019 in Nelson in October.

ITx is where New Zealand's digital technology sector comes together, and ITx Rutherford is a smaller spin-off conference in a retreat-style format and limited to 350 people.

Each component conference of ITx is responsible for setting their own programme, so we invite digital and tech professionals and other interested parties to share abstracts/concepts for consideration for the ITP 2019 Conference.

Find out more here

If you're an academic looking to submit an academic paper, check out the CITRENZ conference Call for Papers - also part of ITx 2019.


ITx Sponsorship Opportunities

We're also excited to offer a broad range of sponsorship opportunities for ITx Rutherford.

The main ITx conference is the largest independent national tech conference in NZ, run every second year in one of the main centres (usually Wellington at the TSB Arena and Shed 6 complex). With almost 1000 delegates and 12 conferences in one, ITx is huge.

ITx Rutherford is a more intimate version of ITx, limited to 350 people and held in a retreat-style format in Nelson this year. The conference runs from 9th-11th October 2019.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for ITx Rutherford. These usually go fast, so contact us immediately to register your interest if you're keen to support and be associated with NZ's premier conference of tech.

You can download the Sponsorship Prospectus here.


Branch and Board Election Nominations now open

Keen to make a difference to the tech community in your area?

It gives us great pleasure to officially call for nominations for ITP's Branch Committees in most areas, and National Board, with nominations being received from now.

If 2019 is the year you want to make a difference to the IT community in your area, or you know someone else that does, this is your chance - don't let it slip by.

Find out more here


ITP's 123Tech a CIO Awards Finalist

We're super excited that ITP's Tahi Rua Toru Tech in-school programme was announced as a finalist in the CIO Awards at a gala event in Auckland last night.

123Tech is a finalist in the Engaging New Zealand in ICT award, showcasing outstanding initiatives by enterprise, public sector or academic institutions that address diversity issues, engage youth and/or provide lifelong learning in ICT.

Here's Joy Keene and Victoria Reille from the 123Tech team at the judging and announcement event yesterday: 


123Tech is New Zealand's digital challenge, run by ITP in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Royal Society, CodeClub Aotearoa and others, and runs in schools throughout New Zealand. Teams of 3-4 kids work to solve a problem in their local school or community using Digital Technologies.

123Tech supports the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content in schools, helping teachers work to the new material in a supported and safe way.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner during the CIO Summit on the evening of 12 June 2019. 


ITP supporting skills cross-recognition in Asia Pacific Region

I was in Singapore earlier this week attending a Steering Group meeting of a major project facilitating cross-recognition and portability of digital skills in the South East Asia and Asia Pacific region.

ITP is working with a number of other countries through SEARCC (the South East Asian regional consortium of professional bodies) to develop a project via APEC to support the transfer of skills in the wider region. APEC is the group of 21 governments in the region. 

It's a really exciting project - look out for the writeup of this project and current progress in TechBlog next week.

A delegation of the group also visited the World Bank while in Singapore to discuss collaboration on the project:


Members of the project group will be presenting a detailed project workshop for the 21 member economies of APEC at the upcoming APEC TEL meeting in South Korea in October.


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