Yesterday – March 27th – we held the first Digital Skills Hui, a 1 day event designed to engage participants via workshops, stimulate their thinking with focused panel discussions and inspire them to connect as a community who are interested in preparing Aotearoa for the future of work.

It was a wet windy Wellington day which luckily didn’t deter attendees – even those who enjoyed bumpy landings – from participating in this very full and engaging event. The diversity of attendees was fantastic with half from outside of Wellington, just under a third who work in Education, a third from business / industry and the rest made up of NGO’s, Government and citizens from the community (including a couple of MP’s).

As Chair of the Digital Skills Forum and MC for the day I was thrilled with how enthusiastically the ecosystem worked together to present tangible, actionable suggestions for policy, work programmes, education and employers. The feedback from everyone I spoke to, or have heard from since, has been overwhelmingly positive – everyone asking how they can get involved in next steps! From me personally I would like to thank all involved and note that this is only the first step, the hard work starts now. Victoria

The Digital Skills Forum would like to thank everyone who was involved in this fantastic, stimulating and output driven day. 

Thank you Minister Grant Robertson for setting the scene so decisively, reflecting how we as a nation changed forever on March 15th placing diversity and inclusion at the centre of our lives and your aspiration to move us beyond tolerance. Also for your positive encouragement and endorsement of the work this hui will produce as input for the Future of Work Tripartite Forum.

Thanks to the sponsors for funding the event and enabling this fantastic dialogue – AWS, Optimation, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, Department of Internal Affairs, AbsoluteIT, Spark, Ministry of Education, Xero and TechSchool.

Thank you to all of our speakers for stimulating and inspiring us – Dave Gougé, Hiria Te Rangi, Pamela Bell, Rahul Govindan, Mona Gabr, Rohan Wakefield, Prof. Tim Bell, Bron Thomson, Kara Dentice, Stuart Robb, Nicholas Lane, Shweta Barapatre, Katiani Molitika, Graeme Muller and Paul Matthews.

Thanks to the workshop facilitators who ran 3 x back-to-back workshops with 100 participants in each! Brenda Leeuwenberg, Natalie Sisson, Dave Moskovitz, Samantha Seath, Cathy Hardinge and Eva Sherwood.

Thank you to the helpers on the day – the GovTech Grads, Digital Skills Forum members, Nicola from InternetNZ, other MBIE staff who were pulled in to help out.

Thank you to the organising team – Bridget Beale who held the vision for this event and pulled it all together with the help of Stevie Jepson – both from MBIE’s Digital Economy team. Plus the event organiser Anna Groot for keeping us all on track. Thanks also to co-MC the tireless Kim Connolly-Stone.

A massive thank you to every participant who attended!

Digital Skills Forum, Preparing for the future of work and connecting New Zealand’s digital skills ecosystem.