Development Practice Lead, Xero
Ben's been working with Microsoft technologies since VB3. Currently he's helping Xero's developers to improve the quality of their codebase and write maintainable software. Prior to this he had a similar role with Trade Me. He dislikes failing unit tests, but loves the strategy pattern.
Delivery Project Executive, IBM
Colin Rickett is a Delivery Project Executive for IBM Global Business Services and has over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of Information Technology based solutions. In his current role he has been responsible for the establishment of a services facility on the campus of Unitec in Auckland. This facility provides students with the ‘Earn as you Learn” opportunity by giving them with real world software development experience alongside their studies
Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, Unitec
Evangelia Papoutsaki, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, Unitec Institute of Technology and Editor in Chief, Unitec ePress. Her professional background and academic interests are on communication for development and social change. Her current research focuses on online media, advocacy and activism and ICTs, digital media and development in the Pacific. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume on Communication Issues in NZ: a collection of research essays. Evangelia is passionate about gender equality and equal opportunities for girl’s education.
Chief Information Officer, Air New Zealand
Julia Raue is the Chief Information Officer of Air New Zealand, and a non-Executive director of Television New Zealand.
Julia has extensive experience in Digital and Information Technology, business transformation and strategic planning across the airline, telecommunications and local government sectors, as well as not-for-profit in New Zealand.
Julia has overseen a number of world firsts in innovation within the airline industry, winning a number of awards including the New Zealand CIO of the Year award in 2009. Julia was a finalist in the 2013 Westpac Women of Influence Awards (Innovation & Science) and in the 2014 Westpac Women of Influence Awards (Management & Board).
Julia is passionate about women in technology and is actively involved in or working with a number of groups and educators to encourage young New Zealand women to consider technology as a career path.