ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford

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Aimee Whitcroft

Founder, Syntropics / Co-Founder, GovWorks NZ.

Aimee is an active advocate of #openX - open data, open government, civic technology, open-source, open access, open smart cities and more. She's worked for some of New Zealand's most respected scientific, government and non-profit organisations, and is the founder of web agency Syntropics and co-founder of consultancy GovWorks NZ.

Before working in science and govt communication, digital / web and data, amongst other things, Aimee studied molecular biology, neuroscience and business science. She has worked for top international marketing, management, strategy and market research consultancies and helped organise outreach and education initiatives such as GovHack and Startup Weekend.

National Digital Twin NZ

Friday 2:10pm - 2:40pm, ITPNZ (ITPNZ 3 Room)

Digital twins provide a virtual impression of the physical world, giving us insights to allow us to understand, explore and predict in new ways. At a national level, this could help us solve some of the problems we currently face, from housing to water quality and climate change. Across New Zealand, there are a range of different organisations with different datasets, measuring different parts of our country and developing different models.

National digital twins bring this data together to form a more complete, more holistic representation of our country.

Aimee will talk about NZ's first national digital twin symposium (August 2019), what we learned, and next steps.

Data Trusts in New Zealand: Why we Need Them, and Where to Begin

Friday 3:40pm - 4:10pm, ITPNZ (ITPNZ 1 Room)

Data trusts are still in their infancy globally, but hold enormous promise for helping to address some of the huge issues and concerns currently around data ownership, sovereignty, governance, and management.

Aimee Whitcroft will outline what data trusts are, where they could be relevant - including NZ-specific areas like Māori data sovereignty - and how we can get started piloting them.