It’s no secret, I enjoy being busy! This morning I am in Wellington catching up with MBIE and then Minister Wood. I am looking forward to chatting about the CTO role, amongst other things. Then, I have the privilege of presenting to the Future of Work Tripartite Forum who already have a significant work programme. I am sharing insights into the impact of exponential technology change, digital skills shortages and the AI Forum’s research on automation’s impact on jobs.
Tuesday starts with Digital Identity New Zealand’s establishment board meeting as this new entity gears up to launch. This new tech association brings together experts in digital identity, multiple government agencies, tech firms and academics to help fast track safe and effective approaches to digital identity for all New Zealanders. Earlier this year, at the Digital Nations Summit the number one call for action across all workstreams was the need for digital identity.
On Tuesday afternoon, I will be in Auckland presenting to just over 600 Plant and Food Research scientists on adjacent technologies that are rapidly changing and impacting on New Zealand’s future as a food producer. Plant and Food understand how important their work is for New Zealand’s future as a global food producer, so it is great that they are ensuring their scientists have a broad view of what is happening in agritech.
Also running this week is our very first ShadowTech for Teachers. Earlier this year we ran our annual ShadowTech programme for hundreds of school girls. Students are partnered with TechWomen for a day to see how exciting tech roles can be. ShadowTech is always a huge success, so we are now testing it with a group of teachers. Our aim is to help teachers build their knowledge and confidence for teaching the new digital technology curricula by experiencing life in a tech role.
If you’re interested in FinTech, don’t miss this year’s New Zealand FinTech Summit on 29 November in Auckland. The previous two years have sold out fast, so don’t miss out.
Have a great week.