Monday news in brief (16 May)

Victoria MacLennan. 16 May 2022, 10:37 pm Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters. It’s #TechWeek so we will all be busy joining webinars and in person events, finding out the latest trends, about great mahi and catching up with colleagues old and new. A reminder ITP is hosting a webinar this Wednesday on Lifting […]

$20 million for the software sector. Is that it for Budget 2022?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 16 May 2022, 12:40 pm A focus on the fast-growing software as a service (SaaS) sector looks to comprise the Government’s tech-related spending in Budget 2022, with $20 million allocated to boosting SaaS companies and marketing Kiwi tech to the world. The funding over four years was announced yesterday on the eve […]

Griffin on Tech: Are we ready for Google Glass 2.0?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 13 May 2022, 3:09 pm Google’s I/O developers conference took place this week as its first physical conference in two years with the usual slew of updates to its Pixel line of devices that are still not available on the New Zealand market. But buried away in the presentation was a tantalising […]

The 100 best Kiwi startups and tech companies to work for

Peter Griffin, Editor. 12 May 2022, 10:02 am Our tech start-up scene is thriving, attracting more talent and capital than ever before. But where are the best places to work? How do you find a company that has a meaningful mission and will help you gain incredible experience and develop new skills? There’s no one […]

What does the boarder reopening announcement mean for our industry?

Victoria MacLennan. 11 May 2022, 11:52 pm Today the Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration announced they are bringing the border reopening forward, along with some Immigration Rebalance changes. Here is some useful information the amazing MBIE team have put together to help our members to better understand how this will affect the digital technologies […]

Tech boot camps to beat the talent shortage

Peter Griffin, Editor. 10 May 2022, 9:42 am Auckland University of Technology and the Institute of Data have joined forces to offer boot camps in software engineering, data science and cybersecurity to help Kiwis upskill for high-demand tech roles. The new courses get underway as the opening of borders look to finally free up access […]

Monday news in brief (9th May)

Victoria MacLennan. 09 May 2022, 10:47 pm Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters, With so many short weeks and Monday based holidays recently the routine of publishing these roundups almost got lost. It’s been a busy few months for the ITP team – processing specialist Technology worker visa applications, organising TechHub in school presentations, […]

Griffin on Tech: Supersonic ballet, Kiwi style

Peter Griffin, Editor. 06 May 2022, 12:21 pm I can’t think of any other Kiwi company that regularly has me foregoing meetings so I can log onto a live stream to watch their latest product launch. But that’s where I found myself again on Tuesday, when Rocket Lab put another Electron rocket into space, delivering […]

Why is Meta going open source with its AI language model?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 05 May 2022, 11:22 am Facebook owner Meta has been developing a rival to the powerful GPT-3 artificial intelligence model and is inviting the research community to make use of it. Meta’s Open Pretrained Transformer (OPT-175B) is a large deep learning model Meta has been feeding vast amounts of information to hone […]

Resilience tips as we return to the office

Victoria MacLennan. 04 May 2022, 11:05 pm Wikipedia describes psychological resilience as an individual’s ability to successfully cope with adversity. There is no question we have all dealt with adversity in the last 2 years, and here we are facing the challenge of navigating yet another new norm – starting to travel again, returning to […]