Registration and coffee
Mihi and opening of Digital Nations 2030
Welcome from our MCs
Rod Oram, Business Commentator
Rosalie Nelson, General Manager – Strategy‚ Impacts and Insights, Callaghan Innovation
Ministerial Address
Hon. Clare Curran, Minister for Government Digital Services
Opening Keynote Address
Graeme Codrington, CEO & Futurist, TomorrowToday (South Africa)
Keynote: Becoming digitally-native: Multiplying innovation in the DX economy

2017 was the dawn of the DX (digital transformation) economy. By DX economy, we mean digital transformation will attain macroeconomic scale and impact. It will become the core of what industry leaders do and how they operate. 2018 is when the "ticking clock" starts. Nations and organizations slow to adopt a digital-native operating model will compete for a smaller and smaller piece of the global economy. This keynote will focus on where we will see innovations multiply, giving rise to new business models and unprecedented competitive benchmarks.

Siim Sikkut, Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia)
Morning tea
Digital Nations Panel Series
Outlook priorities - Innovation in Government to 2030

This outlook snapshot identifies and clarifies the priorities for digital innovation in government towards 2030

Panel: Leading digital transformation across Government, Economy & Society
  • Identifying the skills, traits and necessities for the next generation of digital citizens and leadership
  • Addressing digital inclusion and creating accessible services while understanding the barriers precluding access
  • New models to enhance collaboration and aspirational approaches to our digital economy
  • Building capacity in policy for an innovative public sector
  • Working towards smart governments – the technology, culture shift and partnerships required for this to happen
  • Becoming agile and resilient in the face of rapid disruption
Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive, Secretary for Internal Affairs; Secretary for Local Government; and Government Chief Digital Officer (New Zealand)
Andrew Grant, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company (Singapore)
Liam Maxwell, National Technology Adviser, HM Government (United Kingdom)
Graham P. Waller, VP Distinguished‚ Analyst Digital Business Leadership, Gartner (United States)
Sue Suckling, Independent Director & Future Strategist (New Zealand)
Jose Clastornik, Executive Director of AGESIC, Office of the President of Uruguay (Uruguay)
Panel: Citizen centric engagement – customer centric design
  • Structuring policy to enable digital inclusion, change and transition and ensuring the rights of citizens in a digital economy
  • Enabling technology to deliver better services for citizens and customers
  • Ensuring people are protected and enabled to make the most of the digital revolution
  • Delivering integrated services that are based on user needs and requirements
  • Understanding the journey and skilfully managing this for stronger experiences
Mark Jeffries, Founder, Mycare (New Zealand)
Siim Sikkut, Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia)
David McLean, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac (New Zealand)
Mike Cunnington, Deputy Commissioner, Information Intelligence & Communications & Inland Revenue (New Zealand)
Jolie Hodson, CEO, Spark Digital (New Zealand)
Mark Forman, Global Head‚ VP and General Manager - Public Sector, Unisys (United States)
Panel: Showcasing digital leadership
  • Collaboration with the private sector – becoming nimble to solve challenges and opportunities across all sectors
  • Building capabilities within agencies, companies and governments to tackle future workforce challenges
  • Digital as a mind-set – leading a positive mind-set for the uptake and rollout of digital technologies
  • Provisioning for digital inclusion – providing digital touch points and support at a community level and reducing the gap between the internet “haves” and “have-nots”
Te Aroha Morehu, Innovation Officer, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Ltd (New Zealand)
Sam Minnée, CEO & Co-founder, SilverStripe (New Zealand)
Victoria MacLennan, Chair, Digital Skills Forum (New Zealand)
Kristine Dery, Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management (Australia)
HyeYoung KIM, Director General of Personal Information Protection Policy - e-Government Bureau, Ministry of the Interior and Safety (South Korea)
Alex Benay, Chief Information Officer, Government of Canada (CANADA)
Afternoon tea
Panel: Big Data for predictive outcomes – informing and targeting policy and resource allocation
  • Balancing opportunity and collaboration with security and risk - creating risk frameworks and policy for the collection and use of bigger data sets
  • Ensuring the governance and technology is correctly configured to avoid data breaches
  • Using data wisely – creating centres of analytics excellence without compromising integrity
  • Aligning data use with social imperatives
  • Data driven initiatives – fuelling evidence based policy making and enabling significant change in public policy performance
Liz MacPherson, Chief Executive and Government Statistician, Statistics NZ (New Zealand)
Dorothy Adams, Acting Chief Executive, Social Investment Agency (New Zealand)
Shai-lee Spigelman, CEO – Digital Israel, Ministry of Social Equality (Israel)
Tomáš Ižo, Engineering Director, Google (United States)
Derek Handley, Founder, Aera Foundation (New Zealand)
Closing keynote panel - Supporting a thriving digital sector

Voices from education, health, entrepreneurs, finance sector and social enterprise on cultivating digital leadership & culture.

  • Measuring the Digital Economy with upended traditional value models – how can businesses and governments support a shift of value into an “unmeasurable economy”
  • Increasing productivity and economic benefits of digital transformation
  • Facilitating culture shifts – aligning the workforce, technology and policy required to create the “perfect storm”
  • Important skills for the future with new ways of thinking and behaving and creating opportunities for lifelong learning
  • Cultivating digital leadership – creating responsive environments for a new wave of thinking, process and opportunity
Frances Valintine, Founder, Tech Futures Lab (New Zealand)
Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Animation Research Ltd (New Zealand)
Leigh Flounders, Board Member, NZTech & Non-Executive Director and Board Member, Vigilance (New Zealand)
Vic Crone, Chief Executive Officer, Callaghan Innovation (New Zealand)
Carolyn Tremain, Chief Executive, Ministry of Business‚ Innovation & Employment (New Zealand)
Alderman Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of the City of London (UK)
Summary and final comments from the Chair
New Zealand Innovation Showcase & Networking Function

Held at MOTAT, network alongside some of our finest Innovators and Digital Leaders at the New Zealand Innovation Showcase.

At the close of Plenary Summit on Day 1, delegates will be transported to MOTAT, Auckland's iconic Museum of Transport and Technology to network alongside some of our finest Innovators and Digital Leaders at the New Zealand Innovation Showcase.

Opening remarks from the MC
Opening keynote: Showcasing digital and creative industry excellence

Weta Digital – Technology and Techniques behind War for the Planet of the Apes 

From humble beginnings, Weta Digital has become a cornerstone of Wellington’s thriving film industry. Widely regarded as one of the best in the business, their creativity and commitment to developing innovative technology has set them apart as industry leaders.

Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands will present Weta Digital’s recent work on the Oscar® nominated film War for the Planet of the Apes, and the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind the final film in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. This wide-ranging talk will cover the enhancements to the lighting, simulation and animation technology that keeps Weta Digital at the bleeding edge of digital filmmaking.

Anders Langlands, Visual Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital
Case study: The NZ Government Common Web Platform (CWP)

The Common Web Platform (CWP) is the official web platform of the NZ government. It was launched in 2013 and has grown to include over 200 websites, from 60 government agencies. This innovative approach shows how a private and public sector partnership can be used to drive cost efficiencies, reduce duplication and push government digital innovation.

Nicole Williams, Head of Product, SilverStripe
Christine Bennett, GM - Government Information Services, Department of Internal Affairs
Case Study: collaborative development of a new model of Smart Societies
Tim Occleshaw, Deputy Chief Executive Service and System Transformation & Deputy Government Chief Digital Officer, Department of Internal Affairs
Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi, Associate Director of Research and Doctoral Research Fellow for Innovation and Change, Fletcher’s Institute for Business
Russell Craig, National Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
Morning tea
Building Digital Nations by 2030 – Future Focused Sector Forums

Delegates will break out into sector focused forums to engage in facilitated panel and cross table discussions to envisage the future state across various parts of an ideal Digital Nation and to discuss and develop policy and collaboration needed to get there.

Opening address – an aspirational view of 2030 education & work.
Frances Valintine, Founder, Tech Futures Lab
Case study: Adaptivity as crucial for success – creating fit for purpose solutions for future education
  • How new commercial technologies influence and create opportunity for the education and education technology space
  • Utlising the human factor – relating to customers and maximising relatability
  • Providing data as an opportunity – leveraging data to create personalised learning experiences
Jan Zawadzki, Founder, Hapara
Panel: New models of learning and training in a world of constant change
  • How can society, business, and government support and encourage lifelong learning and development?
  • Transforming traditional pedagogy to better support learning and development of twenty-first century skills
  • What does the business of the future look like and how can we equip tomorrow’s workforce for success?  
Russell Burt, Principal, Pt England School; Convenor & Manaiakalani
Derek Wenmoth, Director – eLearning, CoreEducation
Haami Piripi, Chairperson, Iwi Chairs Forum
David Glover, Executive Director - Partnerships, Unitec Institute of Technology
Darren Nathan, Team Leader - Implementation, Ministry of Education
Lunch break
Panel: Finding the balance – Collaboration between EdTech, educators and the government

This panel discussion will examine the collaborative approach required to create an environment where learners can gain the skills to thrive in the modern digital economy.

  • Creating innovative approaches to support learner behaviour and ensure basic levels of digital capabilities are reached
  • Creating environments for optimal learning – balancing today’s skills with the future needs and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Providing platforms for innovation and to enable critical thinking amongst today’s learners
Rohan Wakefield, CEO, Enspiral Dev Academy
Sue Suckling, Independent Director & Future Strategist
Stuart Wakefield, CIO, Ministry of Education
Suan Yeo, Head of Education - Australia and New Zealand, Google
Evan Blackman, Education Sector Manager, Microsoft New Zealand
Table challenges
Summary and actions
Afternoon tea
Opening address – an aspirational view of 2030 health & well-being.
Dr Robyn Whittaker, Clinical Director Innovation - Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Waitemata District Health Board
Case study: Digital health and improving outcomes for New Zealand citizens
  • Collaborative approaches between healthcare providers, schools and the communities
  • Digital health – opportunities, cultural shifts and overcoming roadblocks
  • Outcomes and the future focus – empowering the next generation to embrace digital solutions for better health outcomes
Dr. Lance O’Sullivan, Founder and Chair, iMoko – Navilluso medical
Panel: Enabling the benefits of predictive health
  • Next generation data and analytic capabilities for better use of health resources
  • Building a culture of trust – enabling better data outcomes for patients, providers and the wider community
  • Understanding the technology development required to develop a predictive health sector
  • Using data to improve health outcomes for indigenous and/or marginalised populations
Kevin Ross, Director of Research‚ Orion Health & General Manager, Precision Driven Health
Adrian Bowling, Chief Executive, MoleMap NZ
Richard Dean, Senior Data Scientist, Public Health England
Gabe Rijpma, Sr. Director Health & Social Services Asia, Microsoft
Lunch break
Panel: Collaborative approaches for creating a transformative health sector
  • Underpinning strategies and approaches to create an equitable and high performing health sector
  • Collaborative contracts and providing connection across regions
  • Utilising new models of diagnostics including AI and predictive analytics to better support the healthcare system
  • Supporting data and preventative health capabilities through smart technology provision
Mark Jeffries, Managing Director, Mycare
Angela Lim, Doctor‚ Board Member & Entrepreneur, Starship Hospital
Dr. Will Reedy, Digital Health Lead, Revera
Professor Kathryn McPherson, Chief Executive, Health Research Council of New Zealand
Ahmad Jubbawey, Founder & CEO, Vensa Health
Andrew Slater, Chief Executive Officer, National Telehealth Service
Table challenges
Summary and actions
Afternoon tea
Opening address – an aspirational view of 2030 society & services.
Sacha McMeeking, Co-founder, Tū Māia
Case study: Combining the technology with the power of impact for social good
  • Tracking and measuring impact through procurement and trade
  • Providing actionable insights for organisations to change their behaviours and perceptions
  • Creating visible payoffs for investment in social outcomes
David Clearwater, General Manager, Conscious Consumers (New Zealand)
Panel: Balancing the power of data and analytics with privacy, security and equality
  • Helping citizens pursue their human rights in a digital world
  • What role should communities, businesses and governments play in supporting an inclusive digital society
  • Creating great governance models to provide safeguards for citizen and consumer data
David Clearwater, General Manager, Conscious Consumers (New Zealand)
Dr Ellen Strickland, Community Programme Director, InternetNZ
Daniel Parsons, Cloud Architect, Revera
Dame Diane Robertson, Inaugural Chair, Data Futures Partnership & New Zealand Behavioural Insights group (Nudge Unit) & Social Sector and Data Entrepreneur
Helaman Tangiora, Head of Digital Transformation, Tainui Group holdings
Lunch break
Panel: Creating collaborative approaches between social enterprises, NFPs and the government
  • Cross agency collaboration – What lessons can be learnt from existing projects
  • Providing platforms for innovation and growth
  • Better storytelling – providing strong narratives around projects and initiatives as they happen
  • Developing priorities and development plans for greater digital inclusion and a truly digital society
  • Modernisation of policies including data sharing
Te Aroha Morehu, Innovation Officer, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia Ltd
Scott Miller, Chief Executive, Volunteering New Zealand
Bede Carran, Chief Executive, Timaru District Council
Jo Brosnahan, Founder and Advisory Trustee, Leadership New Zealand
Mark Forman, Global Head‚ VP and General Manager - Public Sector, Unisys (United States)
Table challenges
Summary and actions
Afternoon tea
Opening address – an aspirational view of 2030 manufacturing, primary industries and construction
Vic Crone, Chief Executive Officer, Callaghan Innovation
Case study: Taking dairy farming digital – the LIC experience
  • Pasture measurement: the failure of drones and the success of satellites
  • IoT on farm: in line milk meters; camera based heat detection; lameness assessment technology
  • Software as a service: MINDA Live to ‘MINDA Apollo’ – cloud based technology for dairy farmers
  • Application of machine learning.
Wayne McNee, Chief Executive, LIC
Panel: Impacts & opportunities of exponential technologies
  • Modernised and fit for purpose solutions – is personalisation the next frontier
  • Utilising cognitive and IoT technologies to create a more innovative and reactive workforce
  • Where does the risk lie when using synthetic and 3D printing in modern productive industries
  • Using augmented and mixed reality technologies to challenge the market and drive sectors forward
Judith Swales, Chief Operating Officer – Velocity & Innovation, Fonterra
Stuart Christie, Director, Stuchristie.co.nz and Chair & AI Forum of NZ
Professor Bruce MacDonald, Professor, CARES‚ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering‚ University of Auckland
Tomáš Ižo, Engineering Director, Google (United States)
Lunch break
Panel: Collaborative approaches to develop a robust future-focused productive sector
  • Cross sector research and collaboration to further productive sectors
  • Bridging the skills and innovations gap to provide opportunity for growth
  • Facilitating sustainable collaboration to provide a future ready productive sector
Dieter Adam, Chief Executive, The Manufacturer’s Network
Chris Upton, Chief Executive, Upper Hutt City Council
Malcolm Fraser, Director, The Future Cities Institute
Table challenges
Summary and actions
Afternoon tea
Opening address – an aspirational view of 2030 finances & trade.
Leigh Flounders, Board Member, NZTech & Non-Executive Director and Board Member, Vigilance (New Zealand)
Case study: Innovation, growth and incubation in NZ’s fintech industry
  • Growing NZ’s fintech industry through digital disruption and innovative revolution
  • Guiding and growing the next generation of fintech start-ups
  • Helping businesses reshape their operations and have a stronger hold on their financial positions
Brett Holland, Head of Acceleration, Creative HQ
Panel: Global disruptions in the financial model - creating threats or opportunities for nation states
  • Smart contracts and the ability they must transform the way business operates
  • Combining AI and Natural Language Processing to create new experiences and opportunities for engagement
  • The next generation – underpinning the cryptocurrency and block-chain
Rhiannon White, Head of Digital Delivery, Westpac
David Kennedy, Group CIO, Transaction Services Group
Suresh Vaghjiani, Managing Director, Global Processing Services
Lunch break
Panel: Regulation vs Innovation – Fostering collaborative approaches in Fintech with industry, government and business
  • Promoting inclusivity and options with new financial offerings
  • Finding the balance between traditional financial options vs innovative start-ups
  • It’s all about the customer – providing the best experience and outcomes for consumers and end users
Rachel Paris, Partner, Bell Gully
Andrew Dentice, Senior Associate, Hudson Gavin Martin
Brad Ward, General Manager - Commerce‚ Consumers and Communications, MBIE
Garth Stanish, Director of Capital Markets, FMA
Jonny Wilkinson, Co-founder and Director, Equitise
Table challenges
Summary and actions
Afternoon tea
Co-designing a Digital Nation

Reconvene to plenary to co-design a future government across all sectors

Amelia Loye, Managing Director, engage2
Pia Andrews, Service Integration Lead, Department of Internal Affairs
Kat Lintott, Co-founder, Wrestler
Digital Nations Closing Networking Function

Featuring a range of diverse digital technologies, gather in an informal atmosphere over drinks and canapes to hear short and sharp presentations from the leading most innovative exemplars of Digital Technology in New Zealand

Featuring a range of diverse digital technologies, gather in an informal atmosphere over drinks and canapes to hear short and sharp presentations from the leading most innovative exemplars of Digital Technology in New Zealand.

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