Sean White is now IS\/IT manager, Pet Care Group, for Masterpet Corporation. He will be in charge of IS and IT across the group that includes Masterpet Australia and New Zealand, Aristopet, Botany Bay and the Lyppard Vet Wholesale business in Australia.\nThe group covers over 10 sites and has over 300 users with a multitude of platforms. Before this, White was ICT manager Australasia for MasterPet based in Wellington. His previous roles included ICT operations manager at CentrePort and systems administrator at the Department of Internal Affairs.\nHackDays at MYOB\nAccounting software provider MYOB welcomes the new government initiative to encourage more New Zealand students into technology careers.\nThe strategic plan A Nation of Curious Minds: He Whenua Hirihi I te Maharalt;\/igt;, announced by Economic Development and Small Business Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata, includes a review of the digital technology curriculum in schools, and steps to encourage more girls into science and technology careers.\nFurther reform of the digital technology curriculum in secondary schools will help address the ongoing skills shortage in the New Zealand ICT industry, says Trevor Leybourne, MYOB NZ director and product development manager.\n\u201cEverything that takes place in business now, and in the future, relies on digital technologies, so it\u2019s important that students get exposure to ICT as early as possible,\u201d says Leybourne.\n It isn\u2019t just the salary package that attracts good talent, you have to create the right environment. Trevor Leybourne, MYOB\nLeybourne has been working in NZ ICT for over 20 years, and says he is constantly on the lookout for skilled IT staff. \u201cIn a tight labour market it isn\u2019t just the salary package that attracts good talent, what we\u2019ve found is that you have to create the right environment,\u201d he says.\nHe cites MYOB spent over $1.4 million this year to refurbish its Auckland office to enable Agile product development, \u201ca collaborative style of development which relies on inter-disciplinary team work.\u201d\nMYOB has also been holding \u2018HackDays', in which product development staff put their daily work aside and spend two days to complete a special project of their choice. MYOB says it has held three such events in the past year, and a number of the concepts that emerge from these sessions are put into actual production.\nLeybourne says the HackDays held last month focused on \u201cmaking business life easier\u201d.\n\u201cThe next HackDay we have planned is a \u2018hack for charity\u2019, where we will be building tools, applications and services specifically for New Zealand charitable organisations.\u201d\nMYOB's Agile team: Paul Uerata, Craig McGuff, Josh Maloney, Warren Chung, Jai Arunachalam, Bo Ma.\nMYOB says it aims to hold these two-day sessions every four to six months.\n\nAuckland University team takes top prize at Microsoft\u2019s Imagine Cup in Seattle\n\nA University of Auckland student team won first place and a $50,000 prize in the \u2018Innovation\u2019 category at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle this week for their social interaction app, called \u2018Estimeet\u2019.\nTeam Estimeet members Hayden Do (19), Jason Wei(19), Chris Duan (30), and Derek Zhu (22) designed the app to track the real-time locations of people making their way to business or social meetings.\nNigel Parker, developer experience director for Microsoft New Zealand, says this is the first New Zealand team ever to win a top category at the Imagine Cup.\n\u201cNew Zealand has punched above its weight placing in the top ten in the world four times in the last five years,\u201d says Parker. \u201cWe are so proud that this year\u2019s team took out the Innovation category. It\u2019s a great example of how this country is an incubator for top talent and world leading ideas.\u201d\nThe winners were announced at the Imagine Cup World Championship ceremony during Microsoft\u2019s TechReady conference at the Washington State Convention Centre.\n\nThirty-four student teams representing 34 countries competed in the World Finals after winning national and online competitions around the globe. Microsoft awarded cash and other prizes to the winning teams, valued at more than $1 million across the yearlong Imagine Cup program.\n\u201cThere is not a business, vertical industry or person on the planet untouched by technology,\u201d said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at the event, which was attended by around 5000 students, judges, partners and Microsoft employees.\n\nNext: The call to support \u2018Shadow IT\u2019\nPage Break\n\nAt least 21 groups have signed up to support \u2018Shadow IT\u2019 Day on August 27, and organisers are calling on more New Zealand companies to support the project.\nThe New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) and Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) teamed up for the program, which will have high school female students shadowing technology professionals for a day in order to get a better understanding of the workplace and career choices available in IT.\nNZTech says the organisations that have already signed up are ACE Computer Training, Air New Zealand, Critchlow, Dale Jennings Associates, Datacom, ECONZ, Fronde, Fujitsu New Zealand, Gen-i\/ Telecom, Koordinates, Microsoft New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, NZTech, Orion Health, Pushpay, SimplHealth, TBWA, TheInstillery.com, Vend, Vodafone New Zealand and Wynyard Group.\nNZTech, meanwhile, has elected three new board members: Jonathan Miller from Callaghan Innovation, Rob Old from Provoke Solutions and Fronde\u2019s David Roberts.\nThey join Tom Duffy of Fuji Xerox, John Ferguson of NZTE, Gavin Greaves of HP New Zealand, Jo Healey of Fujitsu, Bennett Medary of Simpl, Steve Newman of EROAD and Bob Pinchin from Swaytech.\nSend news tips and comments for \u2018Movers and shakers\u2019 to email@example.com\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter: @divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.\nJoin us on Facebook.