Registration and coffee
Welcome from the Chairs
Graeme Muller, CEO, NZTech
Victoria MacLennan, Managing Director, OptimalBI & Chair, Digital Skills Forum; Chair, Code Club Aotearoa; & Co-Chair, NZRise
Ministerial Address
Hon. Kris Faafoi, Government Digital Services Minister, New Zealand Government
Opening keynote: Macro trends, influences and social change shaping digital government
  • Identify the key social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends shaping public sector around the world
  • Examine the role digital is playing in the public sector as both a trigger for disruption and a tool for responding to these trends
  • How government agencies can evolve to meet the challenges posed
Dean Lacheca, Research Director, Gartner
CEO panel: Cross collaboration between Government agencies in New Zealand
  • Learnings from overseas collaborations - what can New Zealand Government agencies implement? 
  • Delving into the role the Public Finance Act reform is playing in encouraging cross-collaboration – what are the outcomes expected as a result?
  • Discussing the shift in the State Services Act – how does this need to evolve to allow for collaboration 
  • Preparing Government agencies for the future of work – encouraging digital workplaces to enhance communications and working together 
Carolyn Tremain, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Iona Holsted, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Education
More panellists to be announced
Servicing the public good in the future
Simon Gillespie, CEO, NTT NZ
Morning break
Realising a truly digital public sector
  • The importance of a strong digital identity as a foundation for further digital transformation 
  • Digital ethics – just because we have the capability, should we? The line in the sand and how we need to balance progress and ethics 
  • Digital inclusion and enabling society to interact with public sector entities 
Paul James, Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs
Enabling secure digital engagement
Andrew Hampton, Director-General, Government Communications Security Bureau
Data as a national asset
  • Taking data to the next level – enabling algorithms and artificial intelligence to enable deeper insights 
  • Overcoming privacy and security challenges – how can we enable greater data sharing to create better outcomes? 
  • Commercialising data – how we can turn data into our greatest competitive advantage 
Panel: Collaboration across the sector – forming a cohesive digital strategy and roadmap

Following on from the previous session, our four speakers will join to share their experiences as they enable innovation across the public sector. 

  • What we are trying to achieve and the challenges we have found along the way 
  • Identifying the key pockets for innovation and transformation – how can we ensure change 
  • Working together to effect change – coming together to enable public sector transformation
  • Influencing policy direction to enable innovation 
Paul James, Chief Executive, Department of Internal Affairs
Andrew Hampton, Director-General, Government Communications Security Bureau
More panellists to be announced
Cross cultural innovation & Its challenges "The Laos Government Drivers Licence Blockchain Initiative with Vietnamese Technology Company Lina Network"
  • Blockchain in governmental services
  • Drivers Licence Initiative with Laos Government
  • Challenges of cross-cultural innovation
Leigh Flounders, Advisor, Lina Network

These roundtables are designed to provide in-depth discussions and allow delegates to participate and network with their peers as well as solutions providers and other experts who are creating a more integrated public sector for New Zealand. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate on two roundtable sessions, as they will be run twice. 

Possible topics include:

  • Commercialising government technology. Facilitated by: Shane Weddell, Business Development Manager, Platform.sh
  • Encouraging cross collaboration within the public sector. Facilitated by: Dan Owen, Head of Client Strategy and Design, NTT
  • Underpinning a strong digital identity  
  • Social licence for data use
  • Enabling technology to increase social outcomes - Skinny Jump. Facilitated by: Richard Adams, Spark Government Lead, Spark NZ
  • Smart cities – IoT/5G. Facilitated by: Tony Agar, Spark IoT Lead, Spark NZ
  • AI and machine learning and its ethical use in the public & private sectors. Facilitated by: Leigh Flounders, Advisor, Lina Network
  • Diversity and inclusion in the future workforce
  • (Iwi) Partnership
  • Cloud transformation within the public sector – Leaven. Facilitated by: Daniel Parsons, Senior Cloud Consultant, Leaven (a subsidiary of Spark NZ)
Panel: The technology and people inspiring the public sector – examining AI, data, and digital influences
  • Avoiding AI fear and distrust – why we need to focus on creating positive, relevant and problem busting uses of AI to create better outcomes for New Zealanders 
  • Social licence for data use – leveraging our data in protected and governed collaborations to combat social issues  
  • Public sector provisioning of digital services – connecting the regional digital development hubs to demonstrate the power in our public sector innovators 
Nuwanthie Samarakone, CEO, Ice
Paul Stone, Open Government Data Programme Leader, NZ Open Government Data Programme
Moderator: Emma Naji, CEO, AI Advisory
Afternoon break
Introducing the Digital Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Mitchell Pham, Chair, Digital Council of Aotearoa New Zealand
Citizen Centric approaches across government services

Focusing on the project lifecycles, the outcomes and the impact it has had on citizens, these sessions will provide key insights into how we can continue to innovate to meet the needs of the New Zealand citizen. 

Case study 1: Digital identity and Whakapapa – creating a digital identity for our Iwi
Kaye Maree Dunn, Co-founder, Āhau
Case study 2: Activate innovation – unlocking the innovative potential of the public sector, through a data-driven snapshot
Sally Hett, Innovation Specialist, Creative HQ
Case study 3: Smart cities – provision of technology and key partners to enable better provision
Michael Healy, Programme Manager – Smart Christchurch, Christchurch City Council
Case study 4: DoC Predator free 2050 – use of technology to make this a reality
Closing keynote: The leadership paradigm – new ways of working to enable success and transition in a digital world
  • Fostering characteristics of a future digital leader  
  • Addressing the shift required in the public sector, that is essential for collaboration and innovation whilst balancing a political agenda 
  • Balancing and integrating human and technology capabilities to drive outcomes  
  • Moving away from the “This is how it’s normally done” mentality 
Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, Leadership Centre
Summary remarks from the Chairs
Networking function
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