Following criticisms in earlier years, the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards have been on a journey to make the awards night a more diverse affair. But the organisation recently – and fairly – copped criticism when the speaker line-up released for its launch events featured 15 men and just one woman. Here, Hi-Tech Awards vice chair and trustee Vaughan Rowsell shares what went wrong, and how the organisation is going to ensure it improves its practices going forward.
Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell recently wrote about why we can't let the failed CTO appointment get in the way of New Zealand's future. In part two, he weighs up the pros and cons between naming one person to be CTO versus a team of people to be a tech taskforce.
Following a long and convoluted process, Derek Handley has today announced in a LinkedIn post the government will no longer be hiring him to be New Zealand's next chief technology officer. We reached out to a few industry players and asked what their reaction was to the strange twist in this saga, as well as what they think should happen next.
Vend founder Vaughan Rowsell put his hat in the ring to be New Zealand's first CTO in the initial call for applicants and got as far as being reference checked, before hearing the government was going back to the drawing board. Now, after appointing Derek Handley as CTO, the government has rescinded Handley's appointment and is back to square one. Where to from here? Rowsell says the answer is not 'do nothing', as the future of New Zealand's tech industry is far too important. Here, he shares what he thinks went wrong, and what the government – as well as the technology industry – can do to move forward, following the botched process.
In a new series, Vend and OMGTech! founder Vaughan Rowsell discusses designing the future and how we can make New Zealand the innovation centre of the world. In part one, he outlines why the future is all up to the kids – or tomorrow's leaders.
Vaughan Rowsell and Zoe Timbrell’s charity OMG!Tech has kicked off another year of its mentorship programme called Mana Tangata, with 30 kids from around the country taking part in this year’s cohort. The aim of the programme is to help kids from walks of life that aren’t well represented in the tech industry get a foot in the door.