Colin Philp is taking on the CIO role at Farmers Mutual Group next month.\nCurrent CIO Geoff Yeats is leaving FMG after 10 years. In his LinkedIn profile, Yeats says he will step away from the CIO role in early November but will remain at FBG as executive director. He will officially leave the company in April 2018.\nPhilp was most recently CEO at IntegrationWorks, and before that, was the CIO of the New Zealand Racing Board for four years. \nNo caption\nRon Stuart, adjunct IT executive adviser for IDC Insights Asia Pacific, was the featured speaker in the inaugural Emerging Tech Evening by Potentia.\nThe discussions focused on preparing for the workforce of the future, basic universal income, and the role of trust and empathy in the brave new world. \nStuart points out, like elsewhere in the world, the past year has seen exponential growth in the number of New Zealand organisations using emerging technologies, ranging from AI, machine learning, robotics, IoT, Blockchain to augmented reality\/virtual reality.\nAbinesh Krishan, Potentia\u2019s director of client Strategy, says Potentia\u2019s scholar and graduate-in-residence Fynn van Os asked the group to ponder: \u201cAre we academically preparing our youth to effectively navigate this landscape?\u201d.\nThe conclusion from the group, says Krishan, was \u201ca resounding no!\u201d\nNo caption\nVisa has launched its second annual Everywhere Initiative aimed at Australia and New Zealand startups that have women leaders.\nVisa\u2019s Everywhere Initiative challenges startups to use Visa APIs (Application Program Interface) to create consumer or business-to-business payments solutions. \nThis year\u2019s competition is open for entries through October 23 and will culminate in a pitch event for finalists at the Women in Payments Symposium on November 21 in Sydney. \n\u201cUniversal acceptance is core to Visa\u2019s business and we fundamentally believe that a diverse workforce is essential to our success,\u201d Stephen Karpin, group country manager for Visa in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. \u201cWe\u2019re proud to be partnering with Women in Payments and providing an opportunity to startups that promote diversity within their own teams.\u201d \nNo caption\nDiversity in a high-profile startup pitching competition like the Visa's Everywhere Initiative helps normalise visuals around women holding and thriving in leadership roles.Priti Ambani, Tech Futures Lab\nThe pitch presentations will be judged by a panel including Visa executives and other industry leaders, with winners given the opportunity to win up to AUD$25,000. There will be a People\u2019s Choice Award on the day of AUD$5,000.\n"Women are already a force to reckon with in business and technology innovation and it is absolutely essential that initiatives like these are designed to be inclusive and inviting,\u201d says Priti Ambani, co-founder of The Next Billion,and one of the judges.\n\u201cDiversity in a high-profile startup pitching competition like the Visa's Everywhere Initiative helps normalise visuals around women holding and thriving in leadership roles,\u201d says Ambani, who is also with the business and innovation faculty at Tech Futures Lab. \u201cIt's time to highlight the smart, innovative solutions and ideas that women bring to the payment and technology sectors." \nSuzanne Steele is joining Adobe next month as managing director for Australia and New Zealand. She will be reporting to Paul Robson, president of Adobe Asia Pacific.\nNo caption\nSteele, who is replacing Chris Skelton, will join Adobe from Experian where for the past two years she has led the ANZ operations as managing director. \nWyn Ackroyd\nAPI Talent has been granted AWS Managed Service Partner status by Amazon Web Services, recognising its ability to help customers drive innovation and disrupt their markets using Cloud computing.\n\u201cWe are extremely pleased at being confirmed as an Amazon Web Services MSP Partner,\u201d says Wyn Ackroyd, CEO, API Talent. \n\u201cAPI Talent has always been laser focused on delivering the best solutions possible for our customers and we feel that this accreditation really confirms our processes and capabilities on AWS.\u201d\nThe MSP program recognises API Talent\u2019s proven ability to help more than 70 customers, including Radium, BNZ, Wellington Water and NZQA to use public cloud and hybrid architectures to innovate and iterate faster than their competitors.\n\u201cThe audit process covers how partners should plan, build, integrate, operate, optimise and provide security on AWS,\u201d says principal architect, Paul Dunlop, who led the MSP initiative at API.\n"API Talent are a cloud-only consultancy which means they aren't burdened by a legacy business model based on on-premise managed services. They are able to fully harness the power of the AWS offerings and work with us to create new cloud-native solutions which deliver significant benefits" saysLukasz Zawilski, CTO, NZQA.\nNo caption\n"API Talent has a history of delivering great outcomes for their customers and in achieving the AWS Managed Services Competency they have been able to build a comprehensive Next Generation Managed Service (NGMS) that will extend the value provided to customers. NGMS provides an assurance to API\u2019s customers that their infrastructure is being managed, cost optimised and evolved in keeping with AWS rapid pace of innovation, allowing customers to capitalise on the new AWS functionality as it becomes available" says Tim Dacombe-Bird, AWS NZ country manager.\nTim Dacombe-Bird, country manager, New Zealand, Amazon Web Services opens the AWS Summit 2017 at The Cloud in Auckland.\nAuldhouse managing director, Melanie Hobcraft, meanwhile, says the company is now providing training in the AWS cloud infrastructure platform.\nShe says Auldhouse will help to substantially grow AWS certification across New Zealand - especially as it will become the first local training provider to deliver regularly scheduled AWS courses in the South Island.\n\u201cWe train more people in a wider range of cloud technologies in more places in New Zealand than any other provider," says Hobcraft. \u201c"Adding AWS to our portfolio means there are now more opportunities for New Zealanders to become certified in the world's leading cloud infrastructure platform - no matter where they are based."\nNo caption\nFor the fourth year in a row Cigna will close for the day, on Wednesday 18 October, so its staff can take a paid day to volunteer in the community.\n\u201cCigna New Zealand is dedicated to helping its customers improve their health and wellbeing,\u201d says Cigna chief executive Lance Walker. \u201cProviding our staff with the opportunity to do this during work hours means they have a great chance of becoming healthier and happier.\u201d \n\u201cThe theme of this year\u2019s Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature is Key, so it\u2019s great the Cigna team will be able to not only support the community, but also spend time outside with nature for good mental health and wellbeing.\u201d\nAbout 200 staff from Cigna\u2019s Wellington head office will go by bus to Newlands to help Wellington City Council prepare a newly built walking track in Gilberd Bush Reserve, ahead of its opening later this month. Another 28 work from home staff, located around the country, will be volunteering for example, at their local SPCA, Hospice, Community Patrols and Salvation Army.\nNo caption\nTechnology and commercial lawyer Liz Blythe has joined Russell McVeagh as the firm's newest special counsel. Prior to this, Blythe was a senior associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley McCloy based in London, during which time she attended Harvard Law School\u2019s executive education programme.\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow Divina Paredes on Twitter:@divinap\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nSign up forCIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.