Here’s a bumper update for this week!
Firstly, do come and join Ants Dowling and me as we travel the country doing a quick update on ITP activities and strategy. It’ll be great to catch up and see how things are going in your world too – more details below. Also, we’re halfway through our exploratory huis on digital skills – come and make a difference.
Plus, want to talk at this year’s ITx events? They’re going to be huge. And don’t forget that the All of Govt Consultancy Panel is currently being refreshed – make sure your company is in.
ITP Update and Strategy Events – come along!
ITP CEO Paul Matthews and new President Anthony Dowling are heading to your place after Easter.
They’re heading out and about around New Zealand to talk about:
- ITP’s Strategy and Strategic Plan over the next few years
- The Industry Transformation Plan and how it will fundamentally change skills in our sector
- ITP’s new CareerAdvance service and how it will help members get ahead
- Some proposed changes to the membership structure to ensure ITP remains relevant
- ITx coming to town in Innovation Day format
- And much more!
They’ll be visiting Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Nelson and Dunedin next month.
Come and engage! There’ll also be plenty of time for Q&A.
Exploratory Hui on Skills
As part of our work leading the Skills Workstream of the Industry Transformation Plan, we’re running a series of 8 online hui, each focused on a different set of barriers to digital industry skills development in New Zealand.
Our intention is to bring together a group of experts in each area to help formulate the plan. These are not talkfests – the outcomes will then be translated into policy and executed.
We are not going to solve everything in these meetings. They are intentionally short and sharp, to enable key approaches to be tested and good ideas float to the top. Further discussion and exploration will happen afterwards. Think of it as the brain-storming part.
We’re halfway through the series, with 4 remaining:
5. Schooling System
What needs to occur within the schooling system (Years 1-13) to help achieve our objectives, given the assumptions? How do we get more school students excited about careers in tech, what existing programmes should be supported and what new initiatives are required?
29 March 2021, 2pm-4pm
Lead: Paul Matthews
6. Government as an Employer
Given the Government is the largest employer of tech talent in New Zealand, what should Government do “as an employer”? Which agency should take ownership and how do we enable a cross-agency response?
31 March 2021, 10am-12pm
Lead: Paul Matthews
7. Diversity and Inclusion
Given the assumptions and outcomes, how do we ensure all actions also support the objective of improving diversity and inclusion in the digital technologies industries, and reduce the perception (and sometimes reality) of an industry less welcome to diversity?
Specific focus on gender, Māori and pacifika and ensuring equal opportunities for everyone.
31 March 2021, 2pm-4pm
Lead: Kate Pearce
8. Upskilling and Reskilling
How can we achieve a coordinated national approach to upskilling and reskilling, catalyse, fund and support initiatives in this space, and achieve greater industry buy-in to investing in upskilling existing workers?
1 April 2021, 1pm-3pm
Lead: David Glover
Come and be part of the discussion.
All-of-Govt Consultants Panel under refresh
Just a reminder that the All of Government Consultants Panel is currently under refresh. We would strongly encourage any IT consultants working in the Business Change, IT Systems Audit, Ops Management, or other areas covered by the Panel to register.
These panels operate as open “Pre-Qualification” panel – anyone who is eligible can register, go through the initial qualification list your services, and agree to a standard contract that is then used for engagements with Government entities. While some agencies may run a secondary procurement process, the idea is that the panel greatly simplifies doing work with Government.
We’ve had a number of members contact us over the last couple of years concerned that they couldn’t list on the Panel due to infrequent refreshes. We’ve passed this feedback on to MBIE and advocated during meetings and workshops for it to be re-opened. This has now happened, so we strongly encourage you to register.
The panel closes again at the end of June.
Note also that the Institute of Management Consultants are running an informational webinar on the panel and opportunities. Details
Call for Papers/Presentations: ITx Innovation Days
We’re super excited to open the Call for Presentations (CFP) for the 2021 ITx Innovation Days in July!
This year’s ITx conference is going on the road, with premium full-featured ITx Innovation Day events in all of ITP’s 8 nationwide branches. And we’d love for you to come and talk.
Featuring full-day feature Innovation Day conferences in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we’re also taking the Innovation Day concept to the regions with half-day Innovation Days in Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Nelson and Dunedin. This is going to be awesome.
As well as top-level invited keynotes, the conferences will feature the best of local and national speakers throughout, on a range of topics.
We’re now inviting you to submit your presentation concept – we’d love to have you talk at your local ITx Innovation Day!
Last ITP Live Webinar:
2020’s Top 10 Hacking Techniques
Join ZX Security’s Dr Elf Eldridge as he gives a summary of the top hacking and security breach techniques from 2020 according to the latest research, compares that with OWASP’s top 10 list and others, plus outline what to look out for in 2021.
2020 saw a lot of web attacks across a range of techniques, both in New Zealand and abroad. We saw some of the largest attacks we’ve ever seen on our shores plus a good selection of “old favourites”.
As always, there was plenty of Q&A, with ITP CEO Paul Matthews putting your questions to Elf. The session kicked off with ITP’s Tech Media Panel talking through the big tech news of the week.
ITP members can watch this webinar for free on the ITP Video Library. View now
Get your ITP gear
Now is the perfect time to head over to the ITP store and grab yourself some sleek and practical items for work and play. These customizable items come in a variety of designs and are perfect for work, networking or casualwear.
The official ITP store has a whole bunch of professional and casual clothing options, some which can be co-branded with your company. It’s a great opportunity to show that you don’t just “do IT” – you’re also serious about professional practice.
Pop on over to shop.itp.nz to check it out.
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
Previous webinars – all available free to members
All past webinars are available on the ITP Video Library for members:
- 2020’s Top 10 Hacking Techniques
- Down-to-Earth Leadership Skills for Technical 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