What do you think? Upskilling and Reskilling

Victoria MacLennan. 03 May 2022, 8:14 pm The digital technology industry is suffering greatly from a mismatch of skill supply and demand at different stages of the skills pipeline. This makes it difficult for firms to find the experienced people they need, for graduates to get their first job, tech workers to get career progression, […]

Local Web3/crypto venture capital fund to invest $5 million in start-ups

Peter Griffin, Editor. 03 May 2022, 10:46 am If 2021 was characterised by anything in the world of tech it was the wave of hype surrounding so-called Web3 ventures, the Metaverse and the blockchain technologies underpinning them. Literally billions have been invested in the last year by venture capitalists into everything from non-fungible token platforms […]

Griffin on Tech: Where the money is in tech right now

Peter Griffin, Editor. 29 April 2022, 11:48 am If you want to maximise the financial return on the IT skills you have acquired, contracting has long been the obvious path to take.  I know senior business analysts and project managers who have had contracts with government departments rolled over numerous times amounting to a decade […]

Kiwi tech helping keep workers safe in the Pacific

Peter Griffin, Editor. 28 April 2022, 1:35 pm A location-based app developed by Gisborne-based start-up ThinkSafe is helping Pacific Island workers stay safe as they tackle biodiversity loss in the region. ThinkSafe’s mobile phone-based app has been picked up by a United Nations environmental programme operating across 20 pacific nations and aimed at removing invasive […]

The future of work is here, what to expect in 2022

Victoria MacLennan. 27 April 2022, 11:41 pm Way back in 2017/18 the “Future of Work” was a hot topic, think tanks focused on the skills we would all need to develop, the New Zealand Government launched a thing called the Future of Work Tripartite Forum, described as a place to discuss, identify and implement solutions […]

Five Eyes: Expect more cyberattacks as the Ukraine conflict drags on

Peter Griffin, Editor. 26 April 2022, 11:46 am Russian aligned cybercrime groups are moving into top gear to support their government as the war in Ukraine rages, according to the Five Eyes intelligence and security alliance. A join cybersecurity advisory from the Five Eyes Nations’ cybersecurity agencies, including New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre, warns […]

Griffin on Tech: More ambition please: the verdict on the digital strategy draft

Peter Griffin, Editor. 22 April 2022, 11:14 am As a vision statement for New Zealand’s place in the digital world, the Government’s draft digital strategy has been given a mixed scorecard at best. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment just published the feedback on the draft and it aligns very closely with what I’ve been hearing […]

Growing the industry: Mentoring

Victoria MacLennan. 20 April 2022, 10:57 pm One of my long term mentees is in the country (awesome our boarders are open again) and stopping by for a visit this weekend. She is young, successful, highly motivated and now a mentor herself, but she still calls me at all hours of the day and night […]

Scientists could use AI to detect looming volcanic eruptions

Peter Griffin, Editor. 20 April 2022, 10:37 pm The 2019 Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption killed 22 people and has resulted in ongoing legal action in an attempt to hold to account those who allowed tourists and employees on the island that fateful day. But a team of University of Canterbury scientists have attempted to salvage […]

The man behind ‘R’ – Ross Ihaka and his number-crunching software

Peter Griffin, Editor. 19 April 2022, 11:19 am When it comes to Kiwis who have had influence in the tech world beyond our shores, it’s hard to go past the duo behind the ‘R’ statistical programming language. R is used by millions of people all over the world every day for data analysis, data mining […]