NZDIA IDEAS 2020 Defence Information Engagement Acceleration Summit– Part 1 – Online

Event Date: September 1, 2020

Event Date: 1-2 September 2020

If you were an attendee at this event you can access a selection of resources including Video Recordings of the Presentations and a detailed Insights Package filled with precies about the presentations and information given.

This resources page can be found HERE and can be accessed using the Resources Password sent to attendees.


In 2019, the Defence Capability Plan gave us an initial glimpse into what New Zealand’s information domain might look like.

The DCP states: “Enhancing situational awareness, response, information fidelity and command and control ability, the information domain is essential to ensuring military capabilities are enhanced and remain credible within a global context.”

The DCP workshop in August 2019 was the first opportunity for industry to hear about the capabilities being considered in this domain, and Defence has been planning for some time to create an opportunity to engage with industry. The Information Domain will herald a change to the NZDF Operating Model. Part One of this Event was a “Must Attend” for all current and prospective suppliers to both MOD and NZDF and Part Two will be too.

Industry has a first and historical opportunity to contribute to the establishment of this new and increasingly important domain, and Government has signalled strongly that it is looking to us (industry) to come up with solutions around information driven personnel, IT, AI, big data, data analytics, infrastructure, training and other capabilities across intelligence, cyber and electronic warfare, information activities and C4. While maintaining NZDIA’s core focus on Defence stakeholders, IDEAS 2020 will bring together industry (local, regional and international) and also a range of Government agencies, to explore the development of further long term collaboration, in relation to the information domain.

To ensure we struck the balance between broadcast of critical info needed by Industry and giving industry time to marshal their thoughts and ideas to share back with Defence, we have decided on a Two Part Summit:

Part One: Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 September 2020: With a focus on information delivery from Defence to Industry (key info sessions in the afternoon of 1 September)

Part Two: Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th November 2020, With a focus on Defence listening to, and engaging with, Industry on their ideas, perspectives and capabilities.

Both Parts were hosted Live via the Hopin Virtual Platform, brought to you by PAXABLE.

In Part One, we heard from MOD/NZDF about their current thinking and developments in the Info Domain, along with indications of areas where industry ideas, problem solving and thought leadership can shape the design and the way forward. We also heard from industry thought leaders who challenged our thinking and ideas; and

In Part Two (held on the 4-5 November 2020) there was an opportunity for industry, academia and other agencies to engage with MOD/NZDF people and projects again.

In Part Two We Had:

  • Multiple sessions
  • Academic Thought Leadership and cutting edge research insights
  • Opportunities to operate pre-recorded and manned (live) booths
  • Opportunities to maximise your influence on Government thinking, with industry presentations on capability
  • Replays of the Part One presentations from MOD and NZDF (so no one misses out)
  • Peer to peer industry discussions around collaboration on projects and supply chain relationships
  •  networking in a range of different ways.

You can find out more about IDEAS 2020 Part Two HERE