Contemporary Comics Panel Discussion – Wellington – 21 June 2018

What

Come and listen to 3 Wellington-based comics artists talk about their work and contemporary practice.

Giselle Clarkson, Jem Yoshioka, and Tara Black are accomplished artists with diverse styles and fascinating perspectives on the contemporary comics scene.

About the speakers:

Jem Yoshioka is an award winning comic artist and illustrator from Wellington, New Zealand.

Giselle Clarkson is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist based in Wellington. She has a comic strip about children’s books published monthly on The Sapling and has created non-fiction comics about science and conservation for Auckland Zoo, Forest & Bird, The NZ School Journal and others.

Her first picture book Secret World of Butterflies, a collaboration with author Courtney Sina Meredith and Auckland Museum, was released in May 2018.

Tara Black makes comics. Tara aims to wear at least three types of pattern in an outfit and can recite Pi to an underwhelming, 10 decimal places. She live illustrates book events for Booksellers NZ as well as making comics about otter-dogs, dead literary heroes who haunt teachers, and book dragons. You can find these things on her website, ablackart.com, but not Pi.

When and Where

5:30pm -6:30pm
Thursday 21 June 2018

Te Ahumairangi
Ground Floor, National Library
cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets
Thorndon, Wellington

How Much

Free

More

Eventfinda Page
National Library Events page

 

Weta Workshop: School Holiday Workshops – Wellington – 16-20 July 2018

What

Weta Workshop is opening its doors once again, to give kids a chance to make movie magic! From sketching to sculpting, our hands-on workshops will excite and delight! Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years. Spots are strictly limited and fill up fast, book now!

CARTOONING AROUND: MONDAY 16 JULY

Your budding filmmakers can dream up their own comic book character, develop a storyboard, and draw the cartoon with help from a Weta Workshop artist.

SCULPTING SUPERHEROES: TUESDAY 17 JULY

The adventure continues, or starts anew, as kids bring a comic book character to life with plasticine!

BATTLE OF THE BLOOD MAKERS: THURSDAY 19 JULY

Learn how to make unique Weta Chainmaille as seen in The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit. Then get your hands dirty learning to make fake blood!

COSTUME CHALLENGE: FRIDAY 20 JULY

Create a fantastical costume and prop, using only recyclable materials! Working in a team of 3 or 4, you’ll design and craft an incredible costume with the guidance of your friendly Weta Workshop crew.

Each workshop is limited to just 20 children per session to allow for the best care and learning opportunities for your child. Spots are strictly limited and fill up fast.

When and Where

Monday 16 – Friday 20 July 2018
Morning session: 9.00am – 12.00pm (6–9yrs)
Afternoon session: 1.30pm – 4.30pm (10–12yrs)

Weta Workshop
127 Park Rd
Miramar
Wellington

How Much

$50 per session

More

Weta Workshop Event page

Wellington Gopher Meetup – Wellington – 21 June 2018

What

We will be having two awesome speakers that will be gracing us with their knowledge and experience!

What to bring?

  • A wifi-capable laptop with Docker installed (if you are using windows you must enable linux docker containers)
  • Your awesome self

Whats happening?

cgo – binding to C/C++ libraries
Justin Israel, Weta Digitial will be providing a talk on cgo, which is a bridge allowing calls between Go and C. Justin will take a high-level look at when it might be appropriate to reach for a cgo solution, and some examples of interfacing with C/C++ code. Be afraid; The stabilisers are coming off.

Building Terraform Providers in Golang
Alex McNeill, Xero will be coordinating a workshop around how to build your own Terraform providers in Go. This lab should give attendees a good idea of how Terraform Providers work behind the scenes.

When and Where

Thursday 21 June 2018
5:30pm – 7pm

Level 3 Xero House
19-23 Taranaki St
Wellington

How Much

Free

More

Event Meetup Page
Wellington Golang Meetup Group

Automation with Selenium Webdriver – Auckland – 25 June 2018

What

The presentation will focus on test automation technologies specifically focus on Selenium WebDriver. Selenium is one of the most popular test automation technologies worldwide.

Will speak on below points:
– What is Selenium
– Libraries and tools developed based on Selenium
– Simplify the usage of Selenium WebDriver by explaining the major packages and classes in this library
– Clarify the high-level picture of Java/Maven projects, TestNG, Cucumber, etc.
– Programming skills required to use Selenium
– Required skill set for Automation Framework Developer/Architect
– Good practices in test automation
– Explanation of the demo project

About Automated Testing Auckland Meetup

We are bringing together a community of automated testing enthusiasts to share new ideas, war stories, best practices, and build a testing culture with each other. Want to share your expert test automation skills? Want to learn more about automated testing? We all share the common goal of delivering high-quality software, faster. Come join us for our casual and friendly discussions on automated testing, continuous integration & delivery, TDD and more! Follow us @AutoTestAuckland

When and Where

Monday, June 25, 2018
6pm to 9pm

Xero
Level 2, Textile Centre,
125 St George Bay Road,
Parnell, Auckland

How Much

Free

More

Automation with Selenium Webdriver meeting
Automated Testing Auckland Meetup Group

 

New Zealand International Science Festival – Dunedin – 6-15 July 2018

What

The New Zealand International Science Festival is here with over 230 events, 24 venues and over 20 national and international guests heading to Dunedin to celebrate all things science

“We’re extremely excited to be bringing some of the world’s top experts in a range of fields to Dunedin to take part in this year’s Festival,” says New Zealand International Science Festival Director Dan Hendra. “We’ll be offering Festival goers a diverse, fun-fuelled, inspiring lineup of events – from hands-on workshops for kids and families to talks and seminars aimed at sharing the very latest from the world of science. This is your opportunity to ‘go beyond’, build knowledge and have a whole lot of fun.”

When and Where

6-15 July 2018

Various venues around Dunedin

How Much

Various. Many events are free

More

Main Website
Programme Page

The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes – Nationwide – July-Sept 2018

What

‘The Life and Times of Supervolcanoes’ with 2017 Rutherford Medal recipient Professor Colin Wilson heads to 22 locations from Invercargill to Kaitaia from the end of July to early September. This nationwide tour is proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with GNS Science, EQC and Victoria University of Wellington.

There is no denying that as New Zealand sits astride the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates our land is subject to tremendous natural forces. We may commonly experience this as a gentle but sometimes a severe shuddering of earthquakes. Yet with Aotearoa dotted with cones and calderas, Kiwis should also keep in mind that the Taupō Eruption was actually the world’s most violent volcanic eruption in the last 5000 years!

Colin Wilson has gathered many accolades for studying volcanoes, and in particular, those giant examples known as supervolcanoes. He likens his work to that of a crime scene investigator, where he travels the world piecing together the dual puzzle of why such cataclysmic explosions occur and why they are joined by much smaller eruptions. He aims to forecast volcanic phenomena with enough warning so that communities can respond. But although Colin is digging deep in the Earth’s crust to find the triggering mechanisms, volcanic systems are not letting their secrets go easily…

When and Where

22 Towns and cities throughout New Zealand starting with Invercargill on July 22nd though to Wellington on September 12.

How Much

Free

More

Webpage with links to each Lecture

 

DevOps Auckland: Intro to OpenStack – Auckland – 18 June 2018

DevOps Auckland

What

Over the past 8 years, OpenStack has evolved from a small collaboration project between NASA and Rackspace into a massive, open source cloud orchestration system. It is now a common solution used by service providers, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions to build and operate both public and private clouds. We will hear what value OpenStack provides and why it’s popularity took off like a rocket.

Our presenter is Alex Meade, a technical instructor and independent DevOps consultant. He was a core contributor for five years early in the OpenStack project. Alex’s recent work has been focused on DevOps, Docker containers, and the Google Cloud Platform. He currently does all of this while traveling and chasing the elusive work/life balance.

When and Where

5:30pm – 7:30pm
Monday June 18 2018

Xero
Level 2, Textile Centre
125 St George Bay Road
Parnell, Auckland

How Much

Free

More

Page for the Event
DevOps Auckland Meetup Group

Festival for The Future – Wellington – 27-29 July 2018

What

The Festival is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops, entertainment and more.

It’s been called NZ’s most inspiring event, has grown year-on-year and attracted more than 1,300 delegates in 2017.

This year the 2018 Festival returns to Wellington. Imagine – Mayor’s, Ministers, CEO’s, creatives, entrepreneurs, future leaders from across the nation – and you. Be challenged. Be inspired. Build your network. Build your ideas and skills. The future is ours to create!

When and Where

Fri 27 Jul 2018, 4pm – 9pm
Sat 28 Jul 2018, 8am – 6pm
Sun 29 Jul 2018, 8am- 5pm

TSB Bank Arena,
Queens Wharf,
Wellington

How Much

Early Bird:

Student – $195+GST
Professional – $295 + GST

Regular:

Student: $245 + GST
Early Bird: $395 + GST

More

Website

Dunedin Open Data Meetup – Dunedin – 18 June 2018

Come In. We're OPEN.

What

This inaugural Dunedin Open Data Meetup will set the scene of where we are at with open data, in the process working on answering the following questions:

  • What does it take for data to be considered “open”
  • Why try to make data open?
  • So, New Zealand has signed up to the International Open Data Charter, so what?
  • Why is this important?
  • What is the “Open Data Programme” doing?
  • What does it mean for me?
  • How can I or my organisation contribute?
  • What barriers that Governmental agencies have to overcome in order to open up their data

Networking and nibbles:

This is also a great opportunity to establish connections and grow your networks over some tasty snacks and refreshments. This will be hosted off the back of Data Visulisation Training Session 1 for those that are also registered for this event.

Keep an eye out on our Twitter @opendatanz for more information on joining this event.

 

When and Where

6pm – 7:30pm
Monday June 18 2018

Computer Science Department,
Owheo Building
133 Union Street East
Dunedin

How Much

Free

More

Meetup Page for the Event

OmgTech: Toloa Kenese Club – Auckland – 16 June 2018

What

Toloa-Kenese Club is back! We are partnership with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to run four interactive STEM workshops for Pasifika Year 7 to Year 10 students.

The Workshops will use digital technologies or science / technology based practises including robotics, electronics, coding and 3D printing.

When and Where

10am – 2:30pm
Saturday
16 June 2018

Mangere Arts Centre
Corner Bader Drive and Orly Avenue
Mangere
Auckland

How Much

Free

More

Event’s Webpage on OMGtech