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Quick ITP update and upcoming events

Paul Matthews, ITP Chief Executive. 09 November 2020, 1:00 pm
Quick ITP update and upcoming events

This week we're opening nominations for the role of President and Deputy President of ITP. These are highly critical volunteer roles that help set the direction and strategy of the organisation - details below.

Also, check out our latest CITPNZ and CTech live webinar (happening right now!) and lots more happening at ITP.

 

Nominations open for ITP President and Deputy President 

Nominations open today for ITP's national President and Deputy President. Incumbents Mike Dennehy and Anthony Dowling reach their term limits this year so a new President and DP will be appointed by our National Board in December.

The ITP President chairs the National Board, the governance body responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation, as well as General Meetings and other activities. It's a crucially important role, as we need a strong and functional National Board to ensure we have a strong and functional organisation.

The Deputy President assists the President and, along with the President and CEO, forms the Board's Executive - to deal with board-level matters between formal board meetings. The DP is usually involved in the subsidiary company, but this is by convention rather than policy.

Prior National Board experience is preferred but not essential, however there is an expectation that the President will have had prior governance experience.

Under ITP's Constitution, the National Board is elected by the members, with the Board then appointing the President and Deputy President at their last meeting of the year. This is being held early December.

So we're now calling for nominations for these two roles.

To nominate yourself or someone else, please send an email to [email protected] with:

  • Name of nominee
  • Member number (if known)
  • Position being nominated for (eg President, Deputy President, both)
  • Details about applicant - eg short statement on suitability plus CV or link to LinkedIn

The President's initial term is for 2 years, with eligibility for election for up to 2 additional terms of 1 year each. The Deputy President's initial term is 1 year, with up to 4 additional terms of 1 year each. Any full Member or Fellow is eligible to be President or Deputy President.

Note that the National Board is able to appoint any eligible member, whether nominated or not. However we run a nomination process to identify those who are keen to be considered for these roles.

Nominations close at 5pm Friday 20th November 2020 and don't need a seconder.

 

Who cares about certification? 

Well it turns out, most of us do.

Around 2/3s of respondents to our 2020 member survey saw professional certification as either Important or Critically Important, with only 3% saying they felt it wasn't at all important.

2020 has been a tough year for everyone and it's not over yet. In fact the expected economic downturn over the next few years is likely to affect our industry as much as others and having an independent endorsement of you or your staff will become increasingly important.

Professional certification like Chartered IT Professional NZ and Certified Technologist are all about trust - ensuring your clients, employers, the public and others know they can trust you, to know your stuff and practice with both integrity and competence.

I'm hosting our regular Introduction to CITPNZ and CTech Certification live webinar basically right now - 3pm to 5pm today. You can join it directly here during this time, or watch it recorded at the same link afterwards.

Otherwise, check out certification on our website or drop us a line at [email protected] with any queries.

It's not too late to make 2020 the year you became certified.

 

60 Years of Tech Innovation

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Amongst all of the challenges of 2020 there's a really important milestone that we shouldn't lose sight of - 2020 marks the 60th year of tech innovation in New Zealand. 

Whether we called it Data Processing, Computing, Information Technology, ICT, Digital, Tech, Digital Tech or whatever, this year is a real milestone for our profession. Digital tech has changed the world we live in in almost every way imaginable and in a relatively short period of time - a massive technology revolution.

It's no coincidence that 2020 also marks the 60th anniversary of ITP. While our organisation has gone through huge change over the last 60 years, in line with the profession we represent, we've been a core part of our profession in New Zealand since the start.

ITx 2020 was originally going to be the focal point of celebrations of 60 years of tech-led innovation however with it moving to 2021 due to Covid, we made the decision to move the full celebration back 6 months too - leading into ITx 2021 in May. This is a big milestone and deserves a proper celebration.

We hope you'll take part in the various events happening around the country over the next 6 months to celebrate 60 years of tech innovation, head along to ITx 2021 of course, plus take part in the other various activities planned.

The first event is from our Dunedin Branch at the end of this month. I'll be there, along with some other special guests and a fun evening of catching up and celebrating the last 60 years of tech innovation. Check out details here

ITP is a stronger community than ever, with thousands of members across New Zealand and the world. Join us as we celebrate the last 60 years and look forward to what the future holds for our profession, and New Zealand.

 

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

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ITP's Auckland Branch recently hosted leadership guru Mark Greaney for a live webinar on down-to-earth leadership skills for tech geniuses. And non-geniuses too :).

He talked 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 ran through them then taking your questions - it was a great session!

Unfortunately the planned facilitator was unwell so I facilitated this one.

ITP members can watch it free here

 

Exclusive ITP member offers

We're really excited to have a bunch of new deals and offers available for ITP members, thanks to some of our awesome Corporate Partners. Check them out on the ITP Member Offers page.

This includes huge offers on tech-related courses from Yoobee, NZSE and ITP, plus excellent offers from GoWirelessNZ, EscrowNZ, The IT Psychiatrist, insurance offerings, events and conferences and more.

Check out all of the ITP Member Offers

 

Offer of the week:

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ITP members exclusively receive 15% off all products from GoWirelessNZ, and may also be eligible for trade pricing if you sell, install and support IT communications.

If you're an ITP member, check them out here

 

Wanted: 123Tech Regional Judges

We're now heading towards the business end of the Tahi Rua Toru Tech in-school challenge, and are now on the lookout for some awesome judges!

Are you keen to give a little back to your industry and help with New Zealand's premium in-school challenge for digital technologies?

The Regional Judging can be done in your own time online. Teams entering have created a video and other material and you'll review this against specific judging criteria to pick the finalists.

The national finalists will then participate in a live presentation and interview with a judging panel - more on this one later.

We're looking for positive judges who are happy to spend some time looking through entries, objectively (and somewhat subjectively) applying the judging criteria and guidance, putting together supportive comments for all teams, and helping make 123Tech a huge success!

Interested? Drop us a note at [email protected] to sign up or find out more.

 

123Tech National Finals

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!

 

Previous webinars - all available free to members

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

  • Down-to-Earth Leadership Skills for Tech Geniuses
  • 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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