GOVIS 2024 - Trust to Innovate

Tuesday 6th August, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa & online.

Pre-conference workshops at the same place on Monday 5th August (in person only).

Call for Presentations

The call for presentations for GOVIS 2024 - Trust to Innovate is now open! It will run until 6th March 2024.

Please complete this form to submit your idea. You may:

  • Complete a written proposal, or

  • Request to pitch your proposal to the committee over Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

You should complete this form if you are interested in presenting at GOVIS 2024 - Trust to Innovate. Alternatively, if you have a great idea for a speaker, then why not nudge them to submit a proposal? We will consider all submissions, and even if you aren’t selected for the conference, we may consider you for another speaker event (like a lunchtime forum), or even to run a workshop with the conference attendees.

What sort of presentations are we looking for?

The theme for GOVIS 2024 is Trust to Innovate. In 2024 the public service will face increasingly complex and demanding challenges, with limited resources to meet them. The only way forward is to innovate more, and we need to be trusted to do this and take some risks.

At the same time, we need to remember the serious consequences of innovating faster than the speed of trust. Innovation should be done with our customers and partners and not to them - so as we innovate, we also need to build trust.

Here are some ideas for topics - perhaps there is something you could offer here, or maybe you know someone else who could give a great presentation!

  • AI tools have recently become much more capable and accessible, so how can government harness this technology while avoiding the many pitfalls?

  • Data is richer and more abundant, but how are we collecting and using it in a transparent and effective way?

  • Digital transformation projects of various sizes are underway - and the new government has even created a portfolio for Digitising Government… but how are we putting customers at the center?

  • How can we continue to deliver technology, information and data services during a time of fiscal restraint? 

    • Is it about making use of OPEX instead of CAPEX? 

    • Is it about delivering change in small increments, rather than in ‘big bang’ projects?

    • Is it about adopting more shared technology services across government?

  • Where are the good examples that we can all learn from, and what do we need to start saying ‘no’ to?

This year we would like to run a day of workshops on the 5th of August, the day before the conference. Attendees will work in small, engaged groups on relevant problems and curly questions. This will in turn feed into the conversations and presentations that we have on conference day. Note that these workshops will only go ahead if we have sufficient interest.

If you would specifically like to suggest an idea for a workshop (or offer to run one) or would find it easier to share your ideas directly, please contact our Conference Organiser on 027 410 6567 or email

Why present at GOVIS 2024 - Trust to Innovate?

We strive to make GOVIS conferences as inclusive as possible of different topics and speakers - so we need everyone’s perspectives. Presenting is an opportunity both to support your fellow public servants, and to develop yourself professionally:

  • Share your experiences and korero to help build the capability of the New Zealand government information, data and technology community

  • Build lasting networks with your peers

  • Raise the profile of your work and build your reputation as a professional

  • Receive a free conference registration*

  • Receive complimentary professional presenter training

*Presentations will be offered two complimentary presenter registrations (to allow for co-presenters), additional presenter registrations can be purchased at a discounted rate.

Key dates

Here are the key dates for the conference. Be sure to tell your friends! They can sign up for updates from GOVIS by clicking here.

Call for presentations (CFP) opens

14 February

CFP closes

8 March

Early bird registration opens & Last day for verbal CFP pitches

13 March

Confirmation of successful presenters

21 March

Conference programme published

4 April

Programme released

4 April

Early bird registration closes

31 May

Pre-conference workshops

5 August

Conference day

6 August

Featured Speakers

Pete Helihy

Pete Helihy is a highly experienced and relentlessly user-centred product manager with a strong technical background. Currently a Principal Product Manager with Amazon Web Services (AWS) based in New Zealand, Pete has global responsibility for stimulating the creation and reuse of open-source digital public infrastructure (DPI) within the public sector and in particular within the Global South. Prior to joining AWS in 2021, Pete was a founding team member of the UK’s Government Digital Service where he worked for over 10 years. Over his time in the UK Government he built and led small, diverse, multi-disciplinary product teams to deliver five of the UK government’s biggest digital successes: GOV.UK, Petitions, Register to vote, GOV.UK Notify, and Emergency Alerts – many of which have gone on to be reused by other governments around the world.

GOVIS wishes to acknowledge and thank our conference sponsors for their support