Wellington's Premiere 2021 Tech Event

Friday 16 July 2021, Te Papa

Wellington ITx Innovation Day

Friday 16 July 2021. Register Now

The Wellington ITx Innovation Day is Wellington's premiere technology showcase, brought to you by the team behind ITx - New Zealand's largest independent tech conference. 



Wellington Programme

(As always, the programme is subject to Change. All talks in-person)

Wednesday, 14th July 2021


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8:30am Arrival
9:15am Welcome
9:30am Digital Inclusion in New Zealand: Who are we leaving behind?
Laurence Zwimpfer, Operations Director, Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa
11:00am Morning tea
11:15am Studio in the Bachelor of IT
Elise Allen
11:35am Using Pair Teaching to enhance Student Engagement and Teacher Development
Bernard Otinpong
11:55am Work Integrated Learning in Information Technology: Reflections from a Public Institution
David Weir
12:15pm Lunch
1:00pm The Cloud, the Curriculum and the Classroom: A Case Study at one Public Tertiary Institution
1:20pm The Landscape of Computing: Benchmarking ITP Computing Degrees
Alison Clear, Associate Professor, EIT
2:00pm Changeover
2:05pm Workshop: Kaupapa Māori Approach to Teaching Computing
Dr Blaine Rakena is Undergraduate Team Manager for the Centre for IT at The Waikato Institute of Technology. The title of his doctoral thesis with Waikato University was: "As Proud as We are: A Case Study of Educational Achievement and Learning for Mature Māori Computing students." Blaine also holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Waikato.
3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm Mental Health Disorders among dementia people: How can Technology Support in their Well-being
Geri Harris
3:50pm Test Driven Development will make your database deployments hassle free
Amitrajit Sarkar, Senior Lecturer, Ara Institute of Canterbury
Alister Macgregor
Robert Oliver
4:10pm A Comparative Study of Cross-platform Mobile Application Development
Dongliang You
4:00pm Changeover
4:35pm Panel: What computing programmes and research should looks like to support Te Pūkenga
Computing programmes: The current state of our computing programmes; The changes needed to align these programmes to the Te Pukenga objectives and to industry needs; and the support needed for these changes

Computing research: The current state of research programmes; New areas that should be researched; Aligning research to industry needs; The support needed for these changes
5:30pm Free evening
Catch up with colleagues or go dancing. Or maybe both!

Thursday, 15th July 2021


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8:30am Is “online education” a thing?
Caroline Seelig, Chief Executive, Open Polytechnic
Mark Nichols, Executive Director of Learning Design & Development, Open Polytechnic
10:00am Morning tea
10:15am Virtual and Blended Learning in a post-Covid World
Steve McKinlay
10:35am Reviewing use of collaboration and video conferencing software on the Timaru campus of Ara
Frina Albertyn
10:55am Application Testing in the Agile (CI/CD) world
Adesh Pednekar
11:15am Changeover
11:20am Decolonising Computing Education
Samuel Mann
Mawera Karetai
11:40am IT educators beyond COVID - one year on
Hamish Smith
Samuel Mann
12:00pm Why don’t Girls Study IT? Redressing the Gender Imbalance in the Information Technology Sector
Arifah Addison
12:20pm Lunch
1:00pm Update on Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups:
Learning environments
Software Development
Pre-Degree Programmes
1:55pm Changeover
2:00pm Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Automation Testing Frameworks for Web-Application Testing
Bin Van Nguyen
2:20pm Investigating Social VR-based Student Presentations
Emre Erturk
Brad Taylor
2:40pm Towards Mitigating Privacy Concerns on Fall Detection Techniques for Elderly / Physically challenged
3:00pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Workshop: Global Benchmarking and Visualising of ITP degree programs
Join this discussion and demonstration on global benchmarking and visualisation of ITP degree programmes.

Alison Clear, Associate Professor, EIT
Tony Clear, Associate Professor, AUT
4:25pm Changeover
Heads of Schools meeting
6:30pm CITRENZ Informal Dinner
Details TBC but it'll be a great night!

Friday, 16th July 2021

8:30am Arrival
Qualifications Workshop
9:30am Welcome
9:40am Cyber Security in a broken world
Elf Eldridge, Cyber Security Consultant, ZX Security
10:20am Morning tea



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Terry Chapman:
Why your next job might be remote and what new skills you need to succeed at it
Ray Delany:
Is the traditional consulting model broken?
Arthur Valle:
Using data science tools and techniques for creating and maintaining a passive investment portfolio
11:15am Changeover
Jocelyn Cranefield, Mary Ellen Gordon:
From fun-lovers to institutionalists: Uncovering the subcultures of kiwi IT workers
Russell Ewart:
Transformation at scale: Harvesting the value of Customer centricity during change
Data Analytics and Web Technologies Paper Presentations

Adesh Pednekar, Trevor Nesbit, Sandeep Vankadari

11:50am Changeover
Andreas Drechsler:
The Future of IT Governance and Business/IT Alignment in Scaling Agile Organisations
Igor Portugal:
What does post-Covid IT architecture look like?
12:25pm Lunch



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1:10pm Panel: Surviving and Thriving in Today's Changed World
How can we survive and thrive in a world marked by volatility, uncertainty and ambiguity?
Our panel explores the world today and what we need as staff, students, leaders and most of all, people, to thrive in the new world we live in.

Ray Delany, Founder, CIO Studio
Terry Chapman, Managing Director, Axenic
Rob England, Managing Director, Two Hills Ltd
Amy Ryburn, Partner at Buddle Findlay
Sharifa Isaako, IT Student, Whitecliffe
Web Technologies Paper Presentations

Steve Cosgrove, Prashant Khanna, Chris Baker

2:10pm Changeover
John Ascroft, Amitrajit Sarkar:
Ethical principles in multi-modal application development: a BARJ case study
Amy Ryburn:
Managing Legal Risk in Agile Projects
Gloria Gomez:
Workshop: Gaining entry to real settings with Bridging Design Prototypes
2:45pm Changeover
Aaron Hodder:
Responsible Digital: Humanity in Technology
Alison Clear:
Tech Degrees: International Developments
3:20pm Afternoon Tea
Rob England:
Crossing the Streams: the nexus of ITIL, DevOps, and Agility
Talita Ekandjo:
“MyAnalytics is here to help”: opportunities and challenges of intelligent personal assistants
CITRENZ Recap and Awards
4:15pm Changeover
4:20pm On top of the world: turning disability into ability
Liam Malone, Bladerunner - 2x Paralympic Gold Medalist
5:00pm Closing
5:10pm Refreshments
Join us for end-of-day refreshments



A Full Day of speakers

The Wellington ITx Innovation Day is a full-day event.

Learn about the latest tech trends, support your team's professional development, hear about the most awesome things happening in tech right now, and most of all: have FUN!

Speakers include:


Elf Eldridge

Cybersecurity Consultant, ZX Security

Rob England

Managing Director, Two Hills Ltd

Bex Woodhouse

Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, Xero

Liam Malone

Bladerunner - 2x Paralympic Gold Medalist


Check out all Wellington speakers here



Awesome sponsors

A massive thanks to our incredible Wellington sponsors

Interested in sponsoring?




Excellence Awards

Attend the New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards Dinner

Attending the Wellington ITx Innovation Day gives you access to a discounted ticket to the NZ Excellence in IT Awards in the evening of 16 July.

Check out the Gala Dinner

The NZ Excellence in IT Awards are the sector-wide awards recognising the individuals and teams who have truly excelled in our industry. While other awards focus on companies and vendors, the Excellence in IT Awards exclusively celebrates our people.

Attend the Awards at a discounted rate of $149 incl GST




Where and When

The ITx Wellington Innovation Day will be 9am-6pm, 16 July 2021

Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington


Register Now