It has been a busy week for the entire NZTech team, starting last Monday with the Techweek kick-off for event hosts in Auckland. With around 200 events scheduled across New Zealand during Techweek, it is essential they run smoothly.
On Tuesday morning we caught up with the GCIO team in Wellington regarding the cloud marketplace and next year’s D5 event in New Zealand. This was followed by SFIA training, to gain a better understanding of the “Skills Framework for the Information Age”. This is necessary so both industry and government have a common language when it comes to skills shortages as part of the framework for the Digital Skills Forum.
During Tuesday afternoon I chaired the quarterly meeting of economic development agencies to help align their regional tech strategies, followed by progress meetings on the upcoming National Digital Skills Survey and the NZ tech story project.
I spent most of Wednesday at the Ministry of Education as part of the Digital Technologies Curricula Implementation Reference Group working with the Ministry, the teachers/principals associations, and a raft of experts on accelerating the implementation of digital technologies. Although it will be part of the curricula from year 1 in 2018, Minister Nikki Kaye who was in attendance said it has to happen faster. On Wednesday evening I joined the FinTechNZ core working group as we prepare for a FinTech delegation from the UK and Australia this week. Meanwhile, in Wellington we hosted the Wellington Techweek kick-off event.
On Thursday morning, I chaired the first meeting of the core working group for the establishment of the IoT Alliance which will formally launch on 31 March. This was followed by the monthly meeting of the Digital Skills Forum where we are responsible for the development of the digital skills survey. By Thursday afternoon, it was time for the NZTech Board meeting and in the evening we hosted an NZTech Connect event in Auckland and the Christchurch Techweek kick-off.
This week, it’s not quite as hectic but we continue to work on the many cool projects we have underway to help make New Zealand more prosperous thanks to tech.
Have a great week.
All the best,