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What we saw at ALGIM 2017

The ALGIM Conference is the premier annual event for ICT professionals in the public sector (local and central government). It is designed for the sector by the sector, and aims to bring local and central government ICT practitioners together to share knowledge, recognise best practice and develop professional skills.  

Tristan Faint at ALGIM 2017

Robett Hollis opened as keynote and set the tone for ALGIM 2017. A young guy from Christchurch who describes himself on LinkedIn as ‘kind of a failure’ because he failed high school but is now self-made, vibrant and successful.

From professional snow boarder to selling images and content he created while travelling the world, he now runs Aranui Ventures which owns several interests including FRONTSIDE and AIRTIME. He also founded and expanded ColabNZ, New Zealand's largest network of creative shared workspaces. Robett shared his core values at ALGIM, which are:

  1. Create things I’m proud of.
  2. Scale value to empower others.
  3. Enjoy the ride!

These values are something I believe New Zealand government organisations are striving to achieve and so he was the perfect opening for the conference.

There were many other great speakers over the three days showcasing what different Councils around New Zealand have done to digitally transform how they work:

  • Glenn Busch, from Waimakariri District Council, spoke about their journey to self-service BI and the challenges and opportunities that entailed.
  • Channa Jayasinha, from Wellington City Council, discussed the shared local body ICT Infrastructure enabling NZ local government to thrive in a world of increasing digital complexity. Focussing on the opportunities to improve community services amidst future change and uncertainty and to ensure operational resilience and effectiveness while under pressure to do more, for less. This project was also the winner of the 2017 Best ICT Technical Innovation of the Year Award at the conference.
  • Cameron Bunton, from Northland Regional Council, showcased their new Pest Control Hub and how they are using technology to provide education, advice, awareness and publicity activities to owners and / or occupiers and the public about pests and pathways. This will enable them to achieve their goal to have a biosecurity team of 4.7 million (every New Zealander) by 2025.

Overall, it was an insightful three days seeing how councils and local governments around New Zealand are using technology to enable them to work smarter and more efficiently for less. This was inspirational to bring back to Intergen to ensure we are producing the type of solutions that will support their goals. As a Client Executive, ALGIM was also a fantastic opportunity for networking with old and new members of the Public Sector that I have not engaged with in a while.

Posted by: Tristan Faint, Client Director | 08 December 2017

Tags: ALGIM, Central Government, Regional Councils

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