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Future of Work - update
With the latest labour market statistics showing that the unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, you might wonder why anyone with bother with a Future of Work Forum, but the Labour Government seems determined to press on with a model that it first developed in opposition.
R&D spend under the spotlight
The latest New Zealand's R&D performance report shows that investment in innovation continues to be weighted towards the manufacturing and primary sectors, that business expenditure on R&D is low (but growing), the number graduates in STEM subjects is also low, and that the ratio of male to female researchers in the mathematics, physics and engineering and ICT is at best three to one.
Brislen on Tech
Telephones used to be such simple things. You grabbed them by the nose and turned the dial around and lo! You could talk to someone.
Then they became terribly complicated beasts. They were portable and then mobile and then the grew buttons. So many buttons.
The biggest selling smartphone (sorry, "smart phone") of its day was the Nokia Communicator 9110 that weighed in at $1499 and had a slide out keyboard with yet more buttons. Enter the iPhone and everything changed.
[PLUS: CTO... yup... and Māori Language Week]
Comprehensive Learning Approach
The success of any tertiary teaching and learning approach lies in enabling the learners with practical and work-ready skills that apply to a real life scenario.
A guest post from Wintec senior st…
iSANZ Awards open for nominations
The security industry's big night out looms with calls for nominations in this year's iSANZ Awards.
iSANZ's goal is to "inspire, promote and reflect" on New Zealand's information security people an…
Examining the benefits of participating in IT
Ngāi Tahu Research Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Mark Van der klei, whose PhD thesis is examining the IT occupation's attractiveness to Māori, asked the question at ITx about whether it i…
Māori participation in IT - research participants sought
At the recent ITx conference I was fortunate to attend a session taken by Ngāi Tahu Research Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Mark Van der klei, who spoke about his PhD thesis, which has the …
$1m fund for digital skills
Some good news this week with the announcement that the Coalition Government will create a $1 million contestable fund for providers of digital skills.
Tahi Rua Toru Tech - live in action
Tahi Rua Toru Tech, the national digital championship designed to inspire and excite students from year 0-13 about the new Digital Technologies/Hungarau Matahiko curriculum, is reaching the end of its…
Robots stealing jobs, maybe
The latest on the "robots stealing jobs" front is that 31% of current jobs in New Zealand are at high risk of being automated - replaced by robots and overtaken by algorithms.
But is all this talk …
Preschoolers (tamaiti) create Samoan language apps
They may be too young to enter Tahi Rua Toru Tech - the national competition to support the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum in schools - but pre-schoolers (tamaiti) from Tino e…