IT18 AGENDA & SESSIONS

IT18 exclusively focuses on talent management in the tech sector and will explore issues surrounding the attraction, recruitment and management of IT professionals in New Zealand.

At #IT18NZ our speakers will tackle a range of issues facing the tech community, with a particular focus on the challenges faced by recruitment leaders and those who manages people. Subjects will range from hiring top technical talent to building great workplaces for IT professionals. Agenda will include exploring the latest trends in attracting, hiring and managing technology professionals in NZ.  We will look a look at tools and new technologies, recruitment best-practices and will decipher the ever changing behavior of  tech talent.

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2015 IT18 AGENDA & SESSIONS

AUCKLAND, 21 APRIL

8:15-8:45 AM - REGISTRATION & MORNING TEA

Registration desk opens from 8:15 AM. Join us early for coffee. Network with other delegates, get to know our speakers and meet our partners.

8:50 AM- 8:55 AM: WELCOME ADDRESS, AUT

Welcome and introductions by AUT Business School.

8:55 - 9:00 AM : IT18 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

mattpontinx400x230MC – Matt Pontin // Getin

9:00-9:45 AM: Keynote - POWERING HIGH-GROWTH TECH COMPANIES

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Candace Kinser // Advisor/Director

What differentiates high-growth tech companies from the rest? What factors drive rapid growth and success for tech companies? In this session Candace will discuss the unusual nature of high growth companies, and how talent management is one of the most critical elements to the success or failure of a growing business.

Drawing from her experience interacting and launching high growth NZ companies onto the world stage Candace will illustrate what companies need to do to grow quickly.

Three things to learn:
– What differentiates high-growth tech companies
– Strategies to grow and expand
– Talent management as a driver of growth

09:30-10:00 AM : OPEN LESSONS FROM OPEN SOURCE RECRUITMENT (REDHAT CASE STUDY)

andrewx400x230Andrew Milestone // RED HAT

What goes on behind the scene in the world’s largest open source company Red Hat? What talent acquisition strategies powers a global brand with operations in 35 countries? How do you build relationship with a niche tech community?

In this session Andrew will highlight the talent acquisition journey Red Hat took to drive a global company forward. He will illustrate the staffing challenges faced and how Red Hat global team overcame them. The presentation will hone in on the steps taken including the use of predictive metrics, referral programs, staff forecasting and the development of a sourcing team.

Three things to learn:
– How to harness global talent resources
– Effectively using forecasting and metrics for hiring
– Referral program and alumni lessons

10:00 AM- 10:20 AM : TEA BREAK & NETWORKING

Morning tea break and networking

10:20-11:20 AM - UNEARTHING HIDDEN TECH TALENT USING UNCONVENTIONAL MEANS

laurax400x230Laura Stoker // AIRS/ADP

In today’s hyper competitive tech talent market, the usual recruiting tactics may not always yield the best candidates.  This session will cover best sourcing practices for using multi-media sites, image sharing sites, video sites and more.  The presentation will give attendees some unconventional ideas for sourcing hard to find technical candidates that may not be found on traditional social media sites.  This session will take attendees on a tour of creative and sometimes controversial sites for locating the best candidates available today.

Three things to learn:

  • Learn how to use Google Images and other image sharing sites to locate IT professionals
  • Discover how to “crowd source” uncommon sites
  • Utilize video and music sharing sites to search for candidates
  • Take a look at how even dating sites can provide a wealth of detailed candidate information that may not be assessable anywhere else

11:20-12:20 PM : SOURCING TECH TALENT WHERE THEY ARE ACTIVE

chrisouthx400x230Chris South // Prominence

The IT industry is one of the most challenging labour markets in the country. Technology companies / departments are therefore faced with three choices, recruit from overseas, train resources internally or poach talent from other companies.

LinkedIn is seen as the obvious tool for poaching talent, but often your time is better spent on other online platforms. This session will explain how to find, research and contact a wide range of software engineers using websites such as GitHub, Stack Overflow and Meetup.

12:20-1:20 PM: NETWORKING LUNCH

Lunch

12:40-1:10 PM : NZ TECH ADOPTION & ITS IMPACT ON THE WORKFORCE & WORK TRENDS

angelax400x230Angsana A. Techatassanasoontorn // AUT

The information age we live in means technology and its application are ubiquitous. What are its implications for the future of workers and workplaces?

In this session Angsana will drawn on her research on the adoption of technology by the younger generation and how it impacts thier lives and emotions. And what implications it will have on organisations when they enter the workplace.  The session will also hone in the dilemma faced by organisations on how to tackle the tensions  technologies like email and social collaboration tools introduce in organisations. What do these tensions play out in the rhythm of work, boundary of professional and social practices, and work practices of employees from different generations?

1:10-1:40 PM : CREATING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE BEST TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACES

richardx400x230Richard Westney // HR SHOP

We hear a lot about cultures and approaches to sourcing in start up technology companies. But how do you build and maintain a culture as the business grows? How do you make sure your employment and people practices are scalable? How do you embrace diversity and ensure your values and employment practices encourage innovation and not group think?

Using examples from real life start ups, Richard will take you through the steps to creating the best workplaces

Three things to learn:
– The importance of leadership and culture and how to get it right
– Creating the vision, values and practices for long term success
– It starts with you!

1:40-2:10 PM - BUILDING A TECH COMPANY IN NZ FROM SCRATCH - GAMELOFT CASE STUDY

patrickx400x230PATRICK WAGNER // STUDIO DIRECTOR, GAMELOFT

When Gameloft opened its doors in NZ, the gaming sector was at its infancy. Today gaming is an important part of the tech sector in NZ and Gameloft is right at the centre of the growing buzz.

In this session Patrick will share the Gameloft story of building a video gaming company from scratch in a country that is twenty years behind the rest of the world.  Hear how Gameloft build a workforce from scratch, and a culture of innovation and diversity ( 80% of Gameloft staff are from overseas and represent 27 nationalities. ) to become one of the premier gaming companies in New Zealand.

Three things to learn:
– Creating a tech company from scratch.
– Creating a diverse and culturally sensitive workplace
– Attraction and retention best-practice from the gaming world

2:45–3:00 PM - AFTERNOON TEA BREAK

Tea break and networking

3:00-3:30 PM : ENGAGEMENT - THE NEW CURRENCY FOR ENGAGING & FINDING HARD TO FIND TALENT

troyhammondx400x230TROY HAMMOND
// VEND

How do you build meaningful and long-term relationship with tech talent? How can you ensure that tech talent actually ‘çare’ about a relationship with a recruiter and have a lasting positive relationship with the employer? How can candidate engagement be more than a buzz word?

In this session Troy will explore the nature of relationship between employer and employee in the tech sector, and will hone in on the steps people managers can take to improve relationship with IT professionals. Troy will illustrate how engagement with techies can be improved drastically by paying attention to the seemingly small stuff like personalising emails to returning phone calls.  Troy will offer practical advice on how candidates can actually CARE about your organisation, and improve your employer brand in the process.

Three things to learn:
– Understand what’s broken in the communication process
– Practical steps to improve candidate engagement
– Tips on using modern communication tools

3:30-4:10 PM - PANEL DISCUSSION & UNCONFERENCE

Various

4:20-5:00 PM - ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF WORK AND WORKING

markx400x230MARK PASCALL // 3MONTHS

The worlds of web and mobile technology are changing fast. Our jobs are changing, our businesses are being disrupted and it’s vital that employers and employees understand some of the emerging technologies so that they can be embraced rather than feared.

This down to earth, demystifying and practical presentation will give a whistle-stop tour of a range of the most exciting new and emerging technologies.  Topics covered include mobile, API driven architectures, data visualisation, prediction API’s, WebRTC, Internet of Things, iBeacon, Wearable tech, Virtual/Augmented reality and Cryptocurrencies.

2015 IT18 AGENDA & SESSIONS

WELLINGTON 24 APRIL

8:15-8:45 AM - REGISTRATION & MORNING TEA

Registration desk opens from 8:15 AM. Join us early for coffee. Network with other delegates, get to know our speakers and meet our partners.

8:50 AM- 8:55 AM: WELCOME ADDRESS, BNZ

Welcome and introductions by BNZ

claireflackx400x230MC –CLAIRE FALCK

9:00 AM - CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

claireflackx400x230MC – CLAIRE FALCK

9:00-9:45 AM: Keynote - POWERING TECH COMPANIES FOR HIGH GROWTH

candacex400x230Candace Kinser // Advisor/Director

What differentiates high-growth tech companies from the rest? What factors drive rapid growth and success for tech companies? In this session Candace will discuss the unusual nature of high growth companies, and how talent management is one of the most critical elements to the success or failure of a growing business.

Drawing from her experience interacting and launching high growth NZ companies onto the world stage Candace will illustrate what companies need to do to grow quickly.

Three things to learn:
– What differentiates high-growth tech companies
– Strategies to grow and expand
– Talent management as a driver of growth

09:45-10:25 AM : CREATING A CULTURE TO BUILD REMARKABLE PRODUCTS

stephenx400x230STEPHEN BOWE // BNZ
Remarkable tech products don’t just happen by accident. In this session Stephen will illustrate the process and journey it takes to create remarkable digital products. He will focus on the critical importance of designing for people and empowering your own people at the same time.

10:25 AM- 10:40 AM : TEA BREAK & NETWORKING

Morning tea break and networking

10:40-11:30 AM - UNEARTHING HIDDEN TECH TALENT USING UNCONVENTIONAL MEANS

laurax400x230Laura Stoker // AIRS/ADP

In today’s hyper competitive tech talent market, the usual recruiting tactics may not always yield the best candidates.  This session will cover best sourcing practices for using multi-media sites, image sharing sites, video sites and more.  The presentation will give attendees some unconventional ideas for sourcing hard to find technical candidates that may not be found on traditional social media sites.  This session will take attendees on a tour of creative and sometimes controversial sites for locating the best candidates available today.

Three things to learn:

  • Learn how to use Google Images and other image sharing sites to locate IT professionals
  • Discover how to “crowd source” uncommon sites
  • Utilize video and music sharing sites to search for candidates
  • Take a look at how even dating sites can provide a wealth of detailed candidate information that may not be assessable anywhere else

11:30-12:20 PM : OPEN LESSONS FROM OPEN SOURCE RECRUITMENT (REDHAT CASE STUDY)

andrewx400x230Andrew Milestone // RED HAT

What goes on behind the scene in the world’s largest open source company Red Hat? What talent acquisition strategies powers a global brand with operations in 35 countries? How do you build relationship with a niche tech community?

In this session Andrew will highlight the talent acquisition journey Red Hat took to drive a global company forward. He will illustrate the staffing challenges faced and how Red Hat global team overcame them. The presentation will hone in on the steps taken including the use of predictive metrics, referral programs, staff forecasting and the development of a sourcing team.

Three things to learn:
– How to harness global talent resources
– Effectively using forecasting and metrics for hiring
– Referral program and alumni lessons

12:20-1:20 PM: NETWORKING LUNCH

Lunch

1:20-1:55 PM : CREATING THE BEST TECHNOLOGY WORKPLACES

richardx400x230Richard Westney // HR SHOP

We hear a lot about cultures and approaches to sourcing in start up technology companies. But how do you build and maintain a culture as the business grows? How do you make sure your employment and people practices are scalable? How do you embrace diversity and ensure your values and employment practices encourage innovation and not group think?

Using examples from real life start ups, Richard will take you through the steps to creating the best workplaces

Three things to learn:
– The importance of leadership and culture and how to get it right
– Creating the vision, values and practices for long term success
– It starts with you!

1:55-2:30 PM - ENRICHING THE NZ TECH TALENT POOL

joshuax400x230JOSHUA VIAL //Founder, Enspiral Dev Academy

What are the barriers for new talent joining the industry? How can we remove wasteful barriers and reinforce useful ones? Many people who could be great programmers choose other career paths because our education options aren’t attractive enough.

In this session Joshua will share learnings from launching New Zealand’s first intensive programming bootcamp and talk about how industry led education can accelerate the growth of NZs tech talent pool.

Three things to learn:

  • How to optimise learning environments for developers of all levels
  • How bootcamp education differs from traditional courses
  • Strategies for attracting more people into the industry

2:30–2:50 PM - AFTERNOON TEA BREAK

Tea break and networking

2:50-3:20 PM : ENGAGEMENT - THE NEW CURRENCY FOR ENGAGING HARD TO FIND TALENT

troyhammondx400x230TROY HAMMOND
// VEND

How do you build meaningful and long-term relationship with tech talent? How can you ensure that tech talent actually ‘çare’ about a relationship with a recruiter and have a lasting positive relationship with the employer? How can candidate engagement be more than a buzz word?

In this session Troy will explore the nature of relationship between employer and employee in the tech sector, and will hone in on the steps people managers can take to improve relationship with IT professionals. Troy will illustrate how engagement with techies can be improved drastically by paying attention to the seemingly small stuff like personalising emails to returning phone calls.  Troy will offer practical advice on how candidates can actually CARE about your organisation, and improve your employer brand in the process.

Three things to learn:
– Understand what’s broken in the communication process
– Practical steps to improve candidate engagement
– Tips on using modern communication tools

3:20-4:10 PM - PANEL DISCUSSION & UNCONFERENCE

Various

4:10-5:00 PM - ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF WORK AND WORKING

markx400x230MARK PASCALL // 3MONTHS

The worlds of web and mobile technology are changing fast. Our jobs are changing, our businesses are being disrupted and it’s vital that employers and employees understand some of the emerging technologies so that they can be embraced rather than feared.

This down to earth, demystifying and practical presentation will give a whistle-stop tour of a range of the most exciting new and emerging technologies.  Topics covered include mobile, API driven architectures, data visualisation, prediction API’s, WebRTC, Internet of Things, iBeacon, Wearable tech, Virtual/Augmented reality and Cryptocurrencies.

IT18 AGENDA & THEME

At IT18 we tackle talent management issues confronting employers in the NZ tech sector. See the sessions below. To get a feel for the subjects addressed at the event, browse the  2014 agenda here

DAY TWO: IT18 CONFERENCE

Day two – IT18 CONFERENCE – is for employers, recruiters, team-leaders and anyone who manages IT professionals. 21 April Auckland and 24 April Wellington. Employers who attend day two can also participate as exhibitors on day 2.

DAY ONE: IT CAREER DAY

IT18 has two parts. Day one – IT18 CAREER DAYis a free event dedicated for IT professionals to learn, meet and network with employers.  20 April Auckland & 23 April Wellington. More info here.

NOTE:

It’s possible that there might be changes to the sequence and agenda on the day of the event. All delegates will be informed of changes.

The day’s proceeding will start from 8:00 AM and will end at 5:00 PM.
REGISTRATION: 8:00-8:30 AM
MORNING TEA: 10:00-10:25 AM
NETWORKING LUNCH: 12:20-1:20 PM
AFTERNOON TEA: 2:50-3:15 PM
NETWORKING DRINKS: 5:00 PM