Introducing the #IWDCodingChallenge

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Australian organisation She Codes joined forces with recruitment firm Robert Walters to launch the #IWDCodingChallenge, designed to encourage women and minorities who may never have thought about coding as a career to give it a go. Aimed at novice coders, this initiative will guide participants through a tutorial on coding […]

COVID-19 vaccination update: Online tool provides groups and timings

An online tool which advises people to work out which vaccination group they are in is now available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website.  Users answer a short series of questions about their health, location, occupation and life situation. The results tell them which of the four main vaccination groups they are in, and when […]

Invitation to Skills Exploratory Hui

Skills are critical to the growth of any sector, especially in high-skill and high complexity sectors such as digital and information technology. There are long-standing gaps of specific skills within the digital technologies sector. One key factor is a mismatch between the skills industry needs vs the skills available in New Zealand. Through the Industry […]

Brislen on Tech: show me the money

A little over two years ago the Productivity Commission came out with a report into the tech sector of New Zealand (and Australia – it was a joint paper) that basically said don’t bother. At the time of its release in February 2019, the report itself was so slammed by all concerned in the tech […]

ITx Innovation Days – Call for Presentations

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. Come and speak at your local ITx Innovation Day. More >     Featuring full-day feature Innovation Day conferences […]

Erase all: Vic Uni accidentally wipes users hard drives

It started out as the IT department’s plan to tidy the house and remove the digital detritus of inactive users from Victoria University’s desktop computers. But last Friday’s “routine maintenance” went awry, with staff and students having the data on their desktop computer hard drives erased. Network storage drives H: and M: were intact, as […]

A filtered Internet is not the Internet we need

The past two years have shown how deeply integrated the Internet is with New Zealand society, and with the challenges we need to face together. A world where people go online as part of our daily lives is one where the Internet can have big impacts for good and for bad. During the last year, […]

The big exit – nearly $2 billion reaped in one week from Kiwi tech acquisitions

The announcements came in quick succession on Friday – first that Christchurch-based geoscience software maker Seequent had been sold, then retailing application Vend too. The Seequent acquisition was by far the larger of the two, with the Nasdaq-listed engineering software company Bentley Systems paying $1.46 billion for the company. Vend’s purchaser was one of its […]

Toybox: Jabra Evolve2 headphones

Two things have got me through the latest lockdown and the work from home cycle. The first is my handmade “You’re Muted” sign (basically a bit of paper stuck to a lollypop stick) which I wave like a flag at various folk when they forget. Sometimes I don’t wave it and have a few moments […]