ITx Rutherford 2019 Speakers

Keynotes and Speakers for ITx Rutherford

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Paul Matthews

Chief Executive, IT Professionals NZ

Paul Matthews is Chief executive of IT Professionals New Zealand, a role he has held for the past 11 years. He is a well networked leader, technologist, commentator within the tech sector.

At ITP, Paul leads the team that has transformed the organisation and delivered on a comprehensive programme of projects to improve the delivery of tech in NZ. His team also introduced professional certification to New Zealand (Chartered IT Professional NZ and CTech), accreditation of IT tertiary degrees, the ITx conference and much more.

Prior to this role Paul founded two technology-related companies including establishing and building the largest locally-owned IT company in Dunedin. Paul was originally MD and lead developer before expanding the company with teams focusing on both bespoke software and infrastructure.

He has a technology, management and entrepreneurial business background, supported by a BSc in Computer Science (Otago) and Executive MBA (Auckland).

CITRENZ Panel: Introduction and discussion of RoVE

Wednesday 1:20pm - 2:20pm, CITRENZ (Ara Room 3)

Introduction to the Review of Vocational Education and a discussion of current related issues.

Update on the Qualifications Review

Wednesday 2:30pm - 3:00pm, CITRENZ (Cybersec Room 4)

This year the suite of qualifications that in 2015 replaced all Computing/ICT quals at levels 1-6 on the NZ Qualifications Framework are undergoing a scheduled review.

As well as a good refresh across the suite, a number of substantial structural changes are being considered.

Paul Matthews (ITP CEO), Aaron Steele (CITRENZ Chair) and Mary-Claire Proctor (CITRENZ Deputy Chair) are members of the Steering Group overseeing the review and will provide an update on progress, plus the opportunity to ask any questions about the process or qualifications.

Chartered IT Professional NZ and CTech: What is it and why?

Thursday 3:40pm - 4:10pm, ITPNZ (Cybersec Room 4)

You may have heard of Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) and Certified Technologist (CTech), the two professional certifications offered by ITP.

But what are they and why do they matter?

This talk looks at the origins of professional certification, where tech is on the pathway to becoming a recognised profession (rather than just an occupation), work being undertaken around the world, and why you consider it.