Most Kiwi kids want to be a sportsperson; then a vet, police officer, teacher

The results are fascinating. Primary and intermediate school children all around New Zealand were asked to draw pictures of what they want to be when they grow up. The 7200 Kiwi kids responded, identifying their career aspirations. By far the most popular career was being a (professional) sportsperson. Next were being a vet, a police […]

Quick ITP update and upcoming events

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 […]

Brislen on Tech: Pasta with Tex

The journey of 2Degrees starts with the government’s 3G spectrum auction and Tex Edwards threatening to sue me. The government of the day (this is the early 2000s) had decided to auction off the 2100MHz spectrum which was deemed to be ideal for the newfangled 3G mobile networks that were being rolled out around the […]

IoT, 5G and sensor networks feature in Spark’s new innovation studio

Spark has opened an innovation studio beneath its Auckland headquarters to showcase emerging technologies it sees as increasingly important to its business case for 5G and its own dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network. Digital economy minister Dr David Clark was on hand yesterday for the opening of the innovation studio, which has four zones […]

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 […]