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2014 CITRENZ Conference Speakers

CITRENZ and Keynote Speakers for ITx 2014

This page contains the CITRENZ and keynote speaker list for ITx 2014, ordered by presentation timeslot. Check out the Programme as well.


Greg Cross (Keynote)
Chairman and CEO, PowerByProxi

Wednesday 10:50am - 11:30am

For most, the concept of delivering power wirelessly is the stuff of science fiction - but when Fady Mishriki and Greg Cross founded PowerbyProxi in 2007, their focus was to identify real world customer pain points and match them with a solution. Now with contracts with some of the world's top technology companies, Greg will tell his story.


Mary Quin (Keynote)
CEO, Callaghan Innovation

Wednesday 11:30am - 12:10pm

In 2013 Mary Quin took the helm of the newly created Callaghan Innovation, the Government's go-to vehicle for generating commercial value from Kiwi ingenuity, science, technology and ideas. With a background in R&D in materials engineering and over 20 years' experience working in senior executive roles in NASDAQ-listed companies, Dr Quin has an impressive profile and experience in technology and engineering industries.


Samuel Mann, Shane Gallagher and Nell Smith

Wednesday 2:00pm - 2:30pm

The Role of Activism in ICT for Sustainability: Discussion around the analysis of responses to the question "do you consider yourself to be an activist?" and applies the learnings from that to computing for sustainability.   At a panel "CHI at the barricades: the role of activism in HCI" (CHI 2013), Ben Shneiderman argued that "We have an enormous opportunity to make a difference…the very nature of Human Computer Interaction is an activist agenda”.  This paper explores the potential of that principle. More »


Diane McCarthy and Rob Oliver

Wednesday 2:00pm - 2:30pm

The Games the thing: levelling up from Novice Status: This paper argues that creativity is essential to innovation. Digital Games are being increasingly used in education internationally, as well as specifically in computer education. Aotearoa-New Zealand is well positioned to leverage this gamification trend in computer education and develop games as part of teaching and learning software engineering with “expert gaming level” students More »


Mary Proctor

Wednesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm

Practicing What we Teach:  Applying Agile Principles to Tertiary Computing Education: This paper describes the development of a proposed set of Agile Principles for Tertiary Computing Education as developed through an Agile Education workshop held during the annual Computing South Island Educators’ (CSIE) forum. More »


Aaron Steele and Tony Rickards

Wednesday 2:40pm - 3:10pm

The Cloud Assessment Learning Environment: 

This paper presents an investigation into student perceptions of the cloud assessment learning environment. The cloud assessment learning environment is a unique learning environment made possible by the recent advent of cloud computing and the associated technologies. More »


Alison Clear and Tony Clear

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Introductory Programming and Educational Performace Indicators - a Mismatch: Introductory programming courses are known worldwide to pose challenges for both students and educators.  A recent meta-review of research in the area has indicated something in the order of a sixty six percent pass rate globally.  Yet the New Zealand Government has asked institutions to set high and increasing targets as a goal for student pass rates in its educational performance indicators. More »


Aaron Steele and Sandra Cleland

Wednesday 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Staying Linkedin with ICT Grauates and Industry: Introductory programming courses are known worldwide to pose challenges for both students and educators.  A recent meta-review of research in the area has indicated something in the order of a sixty six percent pass rate globally.  Yet the New Zealand Government has asked institutions to set high and increasing targets as a goal for student pass rates in its educational performance indicators. More »


Deqin David Xu, Michelle Hy, Simar Kalram David Yan, Nasser Giacaman and Oliver Sinnen

Wednesday 4:10pm - 4:40pm

Electrical Circuit Creation on Android Tablet  More »


Damian Adamski

Wednesday 4:10am - 4:40pm

Embedding Indigenous Accelerated Learning techniques into programming: This paper will discuss a possible new way of teaching programming to students. The paradigm of teaching requires a shift away from traditional methods to a new epistemology where learning is designed to match basic human functions, needs to take its place – Ako Whakatere. More »


Ian Taylor (Keynote)
Founder, Animation Research Ltd

Wednesday 4:50pm - 5:30pm

Ian Taylor (Ngati Kahungunu) is recognised as one of New Zealand's leading Maori innovators and has  established three successful technology businesses from his base in Dunedin. Taylor revolutionalised the way the world watched sport with the creation of real-time 3D graphics for the Americas Cup. This was later expanded to cover other sports such as Golf, Cricket, Motorsport, Gliding and Aerosports, and the mobile America's Cup app last year.


John Hosking (Keynote)
Dean of Science, University of Auckland

Thursday 9:30pm - 10:10am

John Hosking was Professor of Applied Computer Science at the University of Auckland before heading across the ditch for two years as Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. He recently returned to New Zealand to take up the role of Dean of Science at Auckland University and will be talking about the differences in approach to tertiary/industry engagement between Australia and New Zealand.


Aaron Steele, Sarah Snell, Catherine Snell-Siddle

Thurs 10:40am - 11:10am

Student Mentors in ICT Education  This paper examines the unique learning environment that exists when ICT (Information and Communications Technology) students undertake cooperative education student mentoring roles within the ICT education industry. Specifically, the utilisation of third year (level 7) ICT degree students in mentoring roles for lower level (3 and 4) ICT students is examined. More »


Darrell Love, Karen Love, Patricia Haden, Joy Gasson

Thursday 11:20am - 11:50am

When Innovation Fails: Methods for Collection of Student Feedback:Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) feedback has demonstrated utility for students, faculty and management. With recent advances in computer technologies, SET surveys are increasingly being delivered online. Online delivery reduces cost and administrative load, and increases the flexibility of access.  More »


Sandra Cleland

Thursday 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Devshop: Bridging the gap between Academia and the real world: This multi-year, action research study evaluated the effectiveness of a real-life, team based software development project at preparing software engineering students for the workplace.  More »


Trevor Nesbit, Bill O'Steen and Tim Bell

Thursday 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Using Apps on Tablets and Smart Phones to Enhance Student Engagement in Large Lectures: Lecturers Initial Perspectives 

Much has been written about the desire to increase student interaction and engagement in large lectures. This paper presents a further phase in a study that is being conducted into the use of Prevailing Personal Social Technologies (PPSCTs) to increase student engagement in large lectures. More »


Joy Gasson

Thursday 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Examining the Role of Mathmatics in the IT Curriculum: What is the role of mathematics within the IT curriculum? Should mathematics be taught at all? Do students need calculus? What mathematics do students need to learn?  More »


Clare Atkins

Thursday 3:20pm - 3:50pm

Framing IT capstone development projects with Design Science Research principles: 

Focussing on the design, implementation and evaluation of some form of constructed artefact, Design Science Research (DSR) has been gaining ground as a research framework highly suited to the disciplines of Computer Science and Information Technology. More »


Richard Dargy and Aaron Steele

Thursday 3:20pm - 3:50pm

Teaching and Assessing Database Concepts using GIS:In this paper, a process for trialling and assessing GIS (Graphical Information Systems) principles in a database development course for level six students currently undertaking an information and communications technology (ICT) degree is described. More »



Mehdi Asgarkhani and Alison Clear

Thursday 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Techniques for Aligning IT Education with Industry Demand: Organizations rely increasingly on Information Technology (IT) solutions for day to day operations and as such IT solutions play a significant role in efficiency, effectiveness and innovation of processes in design, development and delivery of products and services. More »


Emre Erturk

Thursday 4:00pm - 4:30pm

A Critical Enquiry Teach Systems Analysis and Design Beyond 2015: A systems analysis and design course teaches a methodical approach to solving complex problems. A similarly meticulous and critical approach is necessary for a computing department to analyse and redesign its own systems analysis and design course.  More »


Mona Akmal (International Keynote)
Director of Product/Curriculum, Code.org

Thursday 4:40pm - 5:20pm

Mona is a certified geek with a long history of building stuff for real people. Her goal at Code.org is to be a part of an awesome team that wants to build fun products that help kids learn computer science and embrace their inner geek! In her past life, she ran product management for the OneDrive (SkyDrive) experience at Microsoft, and she co-founded dreamfly.org in her spare time.


Sir Ralph Norris (Keynote)
ex-CEO AirNZ, ASB Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Friday 9:30am - 10:10am

Ralph Norris' first prominent position was CIO of ASB Bank before moving on to the CEO role in 1991. Under his stewardship ASB launched the country's first internet banking site. Norris was then appointed CEO of Air NZ in 2002 and was successful in reinventing and revolutionising the airline, again through embracing technology. Norris went on to become CEO of Commonwealth Bank, overseeing a $1 billion-plus technology transformation project.


Tim Bell, Heidi Newton, Caitlin Duncan and Samuel Jarman

Friday 10:40am - 11:10am

Adoption of Computer Science in NZ Schools:  More »


Tane Kaka

Friday 11:20am - 11:50am

Significant factors influencing the adoption of Moodle at Te Wananga O Aotearoa: This study addresses the question, “what are the significant factors that have influenced the adoption of Moodle by staff in a Māori tertiary institution?” To help answer this principal question an additional six sub-questions were used to provide a deeper understanding and clarity for the adoption. A mixed research methodology was used comprising of an online survey and a series of interviews. Factors were identified that were influencing the adoption of Moodle.More »


Michael Verhaart

Friday 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Teaching, learning and research: This session will focus on the teaching of final year under graduate, graduate diploma and post graduate  programmes in the ITP sector.  The speakers will outline different techniques for teaching at this level. More »


NOTE: Programme subject to change without notice