At the Digital Nations Summit in February, we hosted five future focused forums bringing together tech leaders, international experts, government agencies, Ministers and NGO’s to workshop the impact of technology on our economy and society. Separate forums discussed Future of Education and the Workforce, Future Health, Future Finance, Future Production and Future Society. Each forum identified the vital requirements to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all Kiwis. However, there was only one issue that spanned every single forum – digital identity.
In an increasingly digital world, having a safe, effective means of identity is critical in ensuring ease of access to services as broad as banking, tax, government services, online purchases, paying rent, visiting the hospital and more.
For the past six months a group of individuals from government agencies, tech firms, banks and other corporates have been collaborating on New Zealand’s future approach to digital identity. Having grown in size with a clear vision to ensure New Zealand is a country where people can express their identity using validated and trusted digital means in order to fully participate in a digital economy and society, this group officially launches today as Digital Identity New Zealand.
Delivering the next iteration of digital identity will be critical to ensuring every Kiwi can participate in a future New Zealand. If you can’t attend todays launch in Auckland, please visit the website and see how you can actively be involved.
On Wednesday, I will spend most of the day in Wellington with the Ministry of Education and MBIE, working on leveraging Techweek to help inspire more Kiwi kids into futures with work and to help SME’s build their tech capabilities.
I return to Auckland on Thursday, in time to Chair the ICT Grad School’s final board meeting of 2018. It has been an excellent year for the school, producing many new post-graduates with much needed tech skills. If you’d like to learn more about how to get one of these grads check out them out online.
As we enter the final working weeks of the year, I hope you can create a balance between Christmas parties, last minute deadlines and fun times with family and friends.