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By Rebecca• 9 May 2019
Wondering ‘what the heck is TechWeek?’ We demystify this annual tech fest and break it into a bunch of bite-sized creative, innovative and entrepreneurial event highlights to inspire even the biggest techno-rookies.
Now in its third year, TechWeek has grown into a massive nationwide celebration of innovation and technology that takes place in all main centres from 20 - 26 May. With close to 50 events in Wellington alone, it's the perfect opportunity for people of all ages to learn about cutting-edge developments, collaborate with like-minded groups, businesses and individuals, and get up-to-speed with the latest technology trends.
So, whether you’re an industry professional, an obsessive gamer, a primary school teacher, an innovation enthusiast, a school kid, or a total technophobe, here's 12 events to dip your toes into the world of TechWeek 2019:
Te Wā Heke: Invent the Future Festival
Fri 24 May & Sat 25 May, 10am-3pm, Lower Hutt Events Centre
Grab the whole family and head along to this technology extravaganza. See drones whizzing around, find out what makes electric cars work, play with robots, get familiar with weird and wonderful future foods, and much more. Drop in any time throughout the day.
Code Camp: Families Who Code
Sat 25 May, 11am-1pm, Bizdojo (3 Market Lane, Wellington)
Parents - now’s the time to keep pace with your kids. Book the whole family into this fun introductory workshop to learn the basics of Block-based coding, Wedo & EV3 lego robotics, Sphero coding and more. Cupcakes and nibbles provided.
The Future of Space in New Zealand
Tue 21 May, 5pm-7pm, Memorial Theatre at Victoria University
The future of space in NZ is bright. Join this FREE panel discussion on astronomy, astrophysics, satellite remote sensing, mission and space station design and astrobiology and find out about the latest developments happening right here in NZ.
Child Development, Mental Health, Wellbeing and Gaming
Sat 25 May, 2pm-5pm, Whitireia campus in Porirua
If you’re a teacher or parent with a special interest in emerging technology, then don’t miss this exploration of the latest trends in gaming for children. Find out how gaming in a supported learning environment can foster development, mental health and wellbeing and how to apply it in your own home, school or community.
Mon 20 May, 10am-9pm, Victoria University School of Design and Architecture
What’s in store for the next 20 years? Learn about the latest developments in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) technology in this series of talks and demonstrations by some of Wellington’s leading innovators and pioneers. You’ll be amazed by the game-changing developments happening across the arts, gaming and education sectors.
Women in Tech Breakfasts
Tue 21, Wed 22, and Thu 23 May, 7am-8.30am, various locations
Network with other passionate and inspired females at this series of Women in Tech Breakfasts. Hear from women working across a variety of industries who share their thoughts on paving a successful career and helping more women into male-dominated career pathways. Breakfast and coffee provided.
Thu 23 May, 7am-9am, Milk and Honey Cafe, Kelburn
What better way to start your day than by hearing from and eating breakfast with awesome women tech leaders? Byte-sized Breakfast will involve a series of lightning talks (around 5 minutes) from tech leaders about their journeys and experiences. You will hear from Chloe Ramsey, Community Manager at Mevo, Hannah Gray, Lead Delivery Engineer at Xero and more.
Wed 22 May, 6-8pm, Pacific Islanders Presbyterian Church, 207 Champion St, Porirua
Connect with fellow Pacific People from across the tech sector and hear inspiring stories of their success. Leave armed with lots of new industry contacts, plenty of handy info about forging a career in this exciting sector, and opportunities for collaboration.
Māori in Tech
Tue 21 May, 7.30-9.30am, Pentech (Level 1, 190 Taranaki Street, Wellington)
Collaborate and share ideas with local whānau from across the digital/ICT sectors. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, business owner, or practitioner, you’ll get the chance to mix and mingle, share best practice, explore opportunities and share your thoughts on “innovation that’s good for Te Ao Maori”. Tickets are limited to 30 - register ASAP.
How to Accelerate - The Kiwi Fintech Accelerator Perspective
Tue 21 May, 5.30pm-6.30pm, Creative HQ (Level 2, 1/7 Dixon Street, Wellington)
Ready to build your business capability or get your start-up business or bright entrepreneurial idea off the ground? Learn all you need to know about accelerating a fintech business via Creative HQ’s super-powered three-month Lightning Lab programme.
Kāpiti Startup weekend
6.30pm Fri 24 May to 9pm Sun 26 May (full weekend), Kāpiti Community Centre in Paraparaumu
This is a rare chance for Kapiti’s best and brightest developers, business owners, start-up enthusiasts, marketing gurus, designers and artists to come together and pitch ideas for new start-up companies. Mentors will be on hand to guide the development process, before ideas are pitched to a judging panel on Sunday night. Catering provided.
Techfugees Koraunui Stokes Valley Hackathon
Sat 25 May and Sun 26 May (full weekend), 9am-5pm, Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub
Make a difference to the lives of New Zealand’s refugees! You’ll spend two days working in team to create solutions to improve the refugee journey and settlement process and network with former refugees in the local tech community. There’ll be plenty of advice and mentoring on hand, and at the end of the weekend judges will announce the winners of the best solutions.
TechWeek 2019 run from 20-26 May. For a full schedule of Wellington events, head to techweek.co.nz