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Friday Live Webinar: Digital Government and Covid-19

15 May 2020: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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How has Covid-19 affected tech in the public sector and what does the future look like?

This week we're pleased to welcome NZ Government Chief Digital Officer Paul James to talk about the impact Covid-19 has had on the tech side of the public sector, the challenges and opportunities, and what the future looks like from a GovTech context. As always, we'll also feature a tech news roundup with the TechBlog team and heaps of Q&A with our speaker.

As well as being the GCDO, Paul is the CEO of the Department of Internal Affairs and is heavily engaged in the Government's response to Covid-19, especially from a technology perspective.

So grab a beer, wine or juice and finish your week off right with this informative and entertaining session, delivered live online nationwide.


4.00pm: TechBlog Panel Chat

The Friday Live webinar will kick off with a chat with ITP's awesome TechBlog team, giving a quick roundup of this week's big stories on TechBlog and elsewhere.

The TechBlog team includes:

The team are a "who's who" of tech journalism in New Zealand over many years. They know their stuff and between them have edited or covered tech for many household name publications in NZ.

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will facilitate the session and put your questions to the team.


4.20pm: GovTech through a Covid-19 lens

Join the NZ Government's Chief Digital Officer Paul James as he outlines the impact Covid-19 has had on the tech side of the public sector, the challenges and opportunities, and what the future looks like from a GovTech context.

By and large the NZ Government's response to Covid-19 has been highly praised. But what role did technology play in this - both from an internal operations perspective, but also in rapidly implementing Govt policy during a time of crisis?

And just as importantly, what does Paul see the future looks like for tech in the public sector in a post-Covid world, the role of industry in this, and what are GCDO's plans going forward?


4.40pm: Q&A with Paul James

ITP CEO Paul Matthews will put your questions to GCDO Paul James - ask him anything about tech from a public sector context.


5.00pm (ish): Go and enjoy your weekend!

You've earned it.


Connecting in 

We'll be using Zoom's Webinar Edition for this session, so if you haven't used Zoom before we suggest trying to join 5 minutes early to download the software.

We will email the connection details 30-60 minutes prior to the session to those registered, to their registration email address, so please check your email!


The use of Zoom for webinars

We've been watching closely the developments in relation to Zoom and other videoconferencing software.

Having taken advice, we are informed that our use case isn't affected by the issues that have been uncovered to date. For example, our webinars aren't confidential (in fact they're freely available, live), we don't enable chat functions, and none of the other issues affects us at this stage.

While we are concerned and are actively evaluating alternatives, we'll be continuing to use Zoom in the meantime for non-confidential use cases. Those who hold concerns can still access the webinar using the web browser version, or via the ITP Facebook page.



Registration is free for everyone, but essential. Please register below.


Attend the webinar by clicking here (at 4pm)

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

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