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ITx 2014 Conference Programme

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Tuesday 7th October

until 6:30pm

ITx Innovation "Field Trip" Tour

The ITx Innovation Tour is a bus "Field Trip" visiting some of the most
innovative tech companies in Auckland.

The tour will finish with refreshments at MIT's new $100m ultra-
modern campus, before returning to the conference venue by 7pm.

Your ITx ticket includes entry to this event, however places are limited to 150.


Wednesday 8th October


IITP Stream 1
Commercial / Innovation

WhereScape Room

IITP Stream 2
Transformation and Govt

Orion Room

Stream 1

Designertech Room

Stream 2



Registrations Open

9:50am Opening Comments from ITx MC Ray Delany
10:00am Opening Address
10:20am Morning Tea, courtesy of Vector Communications
10:50am Greg Cross (CEO, PowerByProxi)
The PowerByProxi Story
Keynote presentation sponsored by MBIE 

Mary Quin (CEO, Callaghan Innovation)
Commercialisation from New Zealand

12:10pm Lunch, courtesy of Planit Testing

Panel Discussion: Commercialising Innovation in New Zealand

Sam Morgan reckons we are wasting money on grants, but the Govt says that the investing in commercialisation pays dividends for the country. Who is right, and how should you go about making money from your smart ideas and IP?

Lance Wiggs chairs this panel of experts, featuring Mary Quin (CEO of Callaghan Innovation), Will Charles (General Manager, Technology Development at UniServices), Lance Wiggs (NZTE-funded Better by Capital provider and MBIE-funded Return on Science investment committee member) and PowerByProxi CEO Greg Cross.

1:50pm Changeover
2:00pm  Innovating with Natural Language Processing Evolving in the Cloud Era  The Role of Activism in ICT for Sustainability The Games the Thing: Levelling up from Novice Status
2:30pm Changeover
2:40pm The Developer Ecosystem  ICT Transformation: More than meets the eye The Cloud Assessment Learning Environment  Practicising What we Teach: Applying Agile Principles to Tertiary Computing Education
3:10pm Afternoon Tea, courtesy of Catalyst IT
3:30pm   Raising Capital in Five Minutes The State of the State’s ICT Programme Management Introductory Programming and Educational Performance Indicators - A Mismatch  Stay LinkedIn with ICT Graduates and Industry
4:00pm Changeover
4:10pm  Identity Verification: without people, you get dogs  Business Success with Supplier Engagement Models Embedding Indigineous Accelerated Learning Techniques into Programming Electrical Circuit Creation on Android Tablets
4:40pm Changeover
4:50pm Ian Taylor (Founder, Animation Research Ltd)
From New Zealand to the World
5:30pm Day 1 Closing Comments

until 7pm

Snap ITx Welcome Function

 Catch up with old friends and make new ones at the
Snap ITx Welcome Cocktail Function.

Your ITx ticket includes entry to this event, including refreshments.

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Thursday 9th October


IITP Stream 1
Education / General Interest

WhereScape Room

IITP Stream 2

Orion Room

Stream 1

Designertech Room

Stream 2


9:00am Arrival Tea/Coffee available
9:20am Day 2 Opening Comments from ITx MC Ray Delany
9:30am John Hosking (Dean of Science, Auckland University)
An ICT Academic’s Role in Industrial Innovation (a reprise)
10:10am Morning Tea, courtesy of MBIE
10:40am How Technology Profits the Non-Profits Tipu: Successful Continual Improvement   Mandatory Review of Qualifications Forum Student Mentors in ICT Education
11:10am Changeover Changeover
11:20am  Plugging IT into life Key Elements to Sealing the Deal When Innovation Fails: Methods for Collection of Student Feedback
11:50pm Changeover Changeover
12:00pm  iBeacon and the Internet of Things Raising the ICT Game for Boards of Directors Devshop: Bridging the gap between Academia and the real World
12:30pm Lunch, courtesy of Datacom

Panel Discussion: The perfect graduate - what does industry really need?

This panel of industry and academic representatives will discuss what industry are looking for in a graduate and how the tertiary sector can address those needs.  The panelists will also discuss ways in which industry and academia can work together to ensure work ready graduates.

Panelists include Assoc Professor Alison Clear, EIT Auckland (Chair), Professor Philip Sallis, AUT University, Damian Adamski, Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Gareth Cronin, Wynyard group, TechnologyOne Consulting Director Tony Hafoka, and Mona Akmal from Code.org.

2:20pm Changeover
2:30pm Coding Bootcamps: Growing the tech talent pool ICT Project Failure: The Human Factor  Examining the Role of Mathematics in the IT Curriculum  Using Apps on Tablets and Smart Phones to Enhance Student Engagement in Large Lectures
3:00pm Afternoon Tea, courtesy of MYOB
3:20pm Depression: "To Be or not To Be"  Just how critical was your Criticality Assessment? Teaching and Assessing Database Concepts using GIS  Framing IT Capstone Development Projects as Design Science Research Principles
3:50pm Changeover
4:00pm The Digital Revolution  Legal trends in tech that impact you A Critical Enquiry: Teaching Systems Analysis and Design Beyond 2015 Techniques for Aligning IT Education with Industry Demand
4:30pm Changeover
4:40pm Mona Akmal (USA)
Director of Product/Curriculum, Code.Org
Keynote presentation sponsored by Orion Health
5:20pm Day 2 Closing Comments

until 7pm

Conference Networking Drinks and

CodeClub Aotearoa Launch Event

 Come and enjoy refreshments as we celebrate the launch of CodeClub Aotearoa, courtesy of Microsoft NZ.

Your ITx ticket includes entry to this event, including refreshments.

See www.codeclub.org.nz for info

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Friday 10th October


IITP Stream 1
Project War Stories

WhereScape Room

IITP Stream 2
Future of ICT

Orion Room

Stream 1

Designertech Room

Stream 2


9:00am Arrival Tea/Coffee available
9:20am Day 3 Opening Comments from ITx MC Ray Delany
9:30am Sir Ralph Norris
ex-CEO Air New Zealand, ASB Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
10:10am Morning Tea, courtesy of University of Auckland Computer Science
10:40am   The Authorised Biography of a Complex System  SKA: The Ultimate Big Data Project  Cloud Computing and the Future of Degree Teaching Forum Adoption of Computer Science in NZ Schools
11:10am Changeover Changeover

Big Data? Don’t Panic: Automation to the rescue

The Privacy Pendulum Swings Back Significant Factors Influemcing the Adoption of Moodle at Te Wananga O Aortearoa
11:50pm Changeover Changeover
12:00pm   Rescuing 111  The Future of ICT Security Teaching, Learning and Research
12:30pm Lunch, courtesy of Wynyard Group

Panel Discussion: Dear Minister...

 So the election's over and we have an ICT Minister again. But what should his or her
priorities be for the next 3 years? Argue it out with a panel of opinionated thought leaders.

IITP CEO Paul Matthews chairs this session with Animation Research Ltd founder Ian Taylor, Canterbury University Professor Tim Bell, 3Months' Mark Pascall, and AUT's Tony Clear.

Peter Dengate Thrush (USA, Past Chairman of ICANN)
ICANN and Internet Governance

3:00pm Afternoon Tea, courtesy of University of Auckland Computer Science

Paul Fenwick (AUS, Melbourne-based Life Hacker)
Technology and Social Change—how to make the world a better place

4:00pm Henry Lane (Co-Founder, EPIC Innovation Hub, Christchurch)
Rebuilding innovation: Making the best of a bad situation
until 5pm
Conference closing comments and CITRENZ conference awards

until late

NZ Excellence in IT Awards Gala Dinner

Jeremy Corbett hosts the inaugural Excellence in IT Awards, an
action-packed evening celebrating the unsung heroes in the IT industry.

In partnership with MYOB and Software Escrow NZ

Your ITx ticket includes entry to the Gala Dinner.

See www.iitp.org.nz/awards for info

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