Tauranga Armageddon Expo – Tauranga – 8-9 June 2019

What

The Bay of Plenty Geek event of the year returns for two fun filled days of gaming, animation, trading cards, wrestling, amusements and action. 

Watch live Westling with IPW, enjoy Lasertag and amusements, free trading card demonstrations and giveaways, massive OMEN PC arena with Esports and Live Twitch streaming, two non stop animation screening rooms, exhibitors from across NZ and beyond with anime, pop culture and more.

Meet TV and movie stars from Wellington Paranormal, Shadowhunters, Outlander, Archer, Star Trek, Teen Wolf and more!

Featuring international comic creators and Animation voice actors from Naruto, Spider-Man (Playstation Game) The Regular show and more. 

This is THE event for Tauranga and beyond.

When and Where

8 and 9 June 2019
Show hours are 10am to 5pm both days
(Early Access from 9am)

Baypark Arena
Mount Maunganui

How Much

General Entry
Adult – $15 (Early Access $25)
Child (5–12) – $10 (Early Access $20)
Family pass (2 adults, up to 3 children) – $40

Weekend Pass
2 Day Adult (includes Early Access both days) – $45

VIP Passes
Little Bay of Geddon – $229
Big Bay of Geddon – $399
Ultra Pass – $799

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Ctl Alt Delete: Vintage Computers from the National Library Collection – Wellington – 20-25 May 2019

What

Do you remember the supreme usability of the square mouse, the clean beige lines of the Apple Classic II, the Apple Lisa and the Macintosh? Remember the slick sophistication of the clear covetable big bootied iMac and the portable lightweight Powerbook 150, and what about the extreme versatility of the SuperDrive Floppy?

Get your nerd on and revisit some old friends this Techweek19 (20 – 26 May) at the National Library.  Cast your eagle eyes over a rare selection of our vintage computers which are still used to store, transfer and read early ‘born digital’ material.  

We will also be holding two presentations;

Thursday 23 May, 12pm – 12.30pm – For all the Macs I’ve loved before

 Thursday 23 May, 12.30pm – 1pm – Navigating the Complex World of ‘Born Digital’ collecting and preservation

When and Where

Monday 20 May – Saturday 25 May 2019
9am – 5pm ( 9am – 1pm on Saturday)

Te Ahumairangi Foyer
National Library
70 Molesworth St
Thorndon
Wellington

How Much

Free

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Converging Realities – Wellington – 20 May 2019

What

Converging Realities is a one-day jam-packed event that is focused around celebrating Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) technology.

With Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon investing millions, it is no doubt that VR, AR and mixed realities are the future. Yet what does that look like today, and in Wellington? How is the technology be used, and what is it being used for?

Join some of Wellington’s leading innovators and pioneers for a series of lightning talks, as they speak about how mixed reality, VR and AR technology is pushing and enabling them in their own practices. From architecture to education, to game-design and the arts, come explore what the future will look like in the next 20 years.

Also on show at the event will be our public exhibition demo area. Running throughout the day, come try some of the most amazing VR, AR and MR content out there!  Attendees will have a chance to try out the demos either before or after the event. 

When and Where

10am – 9pm (talks 6pm – 9pm)
Monday 20 May 2019

Victoria University School of Architecture and Design
139 Vivian St
Te Aro
Wellingto

How Much

Professional $50
Student $15

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Refactor North – Whangarei – 16 May 2019

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What

It’s time for our third event in Whangarei. Last year was a sell-out, so you will want to be quick to hear from inspiring women speakers.

Women in the technology industry are intelligent, passionate and knowledgeable. However, as a minority in both the sector and at tech-related events, the uneven ratio can make it difficult or unwelcoming for women.

We want to keep improving the New Zealand tech industry by inspiring women to not only stay in it but get to the top — running teams, in board positions, on the speaker line-ups at conferences, and as visible leaders to inspire an incoming generation of smart women.

We’re delighted to be welcoming Frances Valintine, Cassie McAdams and Tammy Auranen.

Speaker profiles

Frances Valintine (CNZM)
Founder & CEO, The Mind Lab & Tech Futures Lab

Frances was raised on a farm near Hawera, Taranaki and moved to Auckland when she was around 14.  She is a keen adventure traveller and loves heading off the beaten path to venture into unknown places to get some head space.  

Frances has been a passionate educator and technologist for more than 20 years. In 2013 she founded The Mind Lab, to empower students and educators to develop applied digital knowledge and capability. In 2016 Frances launched Tech Futures Lab to support individuals, organisations and government to navigate the impact of technological advancement and cultural change in the workplace.  In the past 5 years her organisations have taught over 150,000 students, 4,000 teachers and worked with 250 New Zealand organisations.  

Frances sits on Callaghan Innovation and Dilworth Trust Board and is a selection advisor for the Edmund Hillary Foundation. She holds a Master of Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

Frances has received many awards for her work. She was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018 recognising her lifetime of contribution in education and technology and named one of the top 50 EdTech Educators in the World in 2016 by EdTech International.

Cassie McAdams
Invesment Manager, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

Cassie is inspired about fuelling NZ’s start-up ecosystem to compete on a global scale. She believes that all great ideas and founders need support and perspective – and of course adequate funding from the right investors to get there. 

Originally from Whangarei, Cassie has spent her 10-year career predominantly consulting at PwC and Deutsche Bank in Auckland and London. She holds degrees in Law and Science, and recently completed an MBA as an IE Foundation Scholar at IE Business School in Madrid. During that time, Cassie completed IE’s Startup Lab program and interned at Fundie Ventures, developing an interest in entrepreneurship and early-stage venture investment. 

Back on home soil, she now works in the Investment Team at NZTE, and regularly travels to Northland on a mission to help founders to build an investible proposition and raise capital.

Tammy Auranen
Group Manager Digital, Northpower Limited

Tammy was born and raised in a small mining community in Northern Ontario, Canada. About 3 years ago, she had the opportunity to come to NZ for work, and quickly decided to make it her permanent home, based now in Northland. 

Tammy’s career has been in digital, technology and improvement based roles over the course of 18 years and spans many industries. Most recently, she led the IT and systems functions at Far North District Council, City Fitness Group and SunRype Products. She has recently been appointed to lead Northpower’s technology transformation from a mix of legacy systems to a strategic emphasis on digital.

Whilst in Canada she was awarded ‘Women to Watch’ by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. She was selected for this award due to her leadership and influence in the local tech and business community, as well as her participation in local mentorship programs for women in technology – something she is passionate about.

When and Where

Thursday 16th May 2019,
6:00 pm – 8.30 pm

Whangarei Art Museum
The Hub, Dent Street, Town Basin

How Much

$20 for adults and $10 for student.
Ticket prices are reduced this year thanks to Northpower’s commitment to the community.
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Christchurch Armageddon – Christchurch – 1-3 June 2019

What

Christchurch’s greatest event of 2019 is here!

Armageddon Expo brings international TV and Movie stars from Harry Potter, Shadowhunters, Lucifer, Archer, Teen Wolf, Star Trek and more, Comic creators, Animation voice actors (The Regular Show, Naruto, Spider-Man Game) alongside live wrestling, movie screenings, contests and challenges, Virtual Reality and Esports gaming arenas, Trading Card Tournaments, Cosplay costume contests and events and more.

Armageddon features a huge Omen by HP PC area with the latest computer gaming technology not to be missed as well as numerous collectible and pop culture orientated retailers showcasing and selling products.

This is THE event for families and people of all ages. Held over the three days of Queens Birthday long weekend (June 1-3rd) at the Horncastle Arena, Armageddon is an event not to be missed.

When and Where

1 – 3 June 2019 (Queens Birthday Weekend)
10am – 5pm (Early Access from 9am)

Horncastle Arena,
55 Jack Hinton Dr,
Addington,
Christchurch

How Much

General Entry
Adult – $20.00 (Early Access $30.00)
Student – $15.00 (Early Access $25.00)
Child (5–12) – $10.00 (Early Access $20.00)
Family Pass (2 Adults, 3 Children) – $50.00

Weekend Pass
3 Day Adult – $50.00 (Early Access $70.00)
3 Day Student – $40.00 (Early Access $60.00)
3 Day Child (5–12) – $25.00 (Early Access $40.00)

VIPs Passes
SHAKEY PASS – $499
ULTRA PASS – $999

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