Koordinates 2019 Roadshow – Hamilton – 5 March 2019

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What

Koordinates is going on the road! We’re travelling Aotearoa New Zealand to host events, meet data users, and demo-ing the Koordinates platform

This year, our theme is ‘The Next Ten Years of Geospatial Data,’ with a special focus on better open data, smoother data supply chains, and simpler data collaboration.

This theme dovetails with some of the work we’re doing here at Koordinates. Our platform is already a key resource for Aotearoa New Zealand’s data users. Our customers include some of the most successful data projects in the world, including the LINZ Data Service and the InternetNZ Broadband Map.

Now, we’re expanding our product to solve some of the most intractable problems in geospatial data management, distribution, and collaboration.

Come along for a lively discussion, detailed demonstration, and quick Q&A with the Koordinates team—and stick around afterwards for drinks and nibbles.


When and Where

Tuesday, 5 March 2019
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm NZDT

Wintec House, Wintec,
Angelsea Street,
Hamilton 3024

How Much

Free. Reserve seat here.

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Larp Event: Tesla’s Wedding – Auckland – 26 January 2019

What

Tesla’s Wedding is a a three hour steampunk LARP for 20-30 players by Stephanie and Catherine Pegg, designed in a spirit of celebration and to evoke a feeling of joy. It is rules-light, has a range of characters from the intense to simple and light-hearted, and is suitable for introducing new players to larping, while giving ‘old hands’ room to plot, scheme, and chew the scenery

In the late 19th century Mad Science and Wonders of Nature abound in Europe. There are two powerful families, the de l’Eclaires in Paris, and the Drakenwyrms of Middle Europe, who have feuded for generations. It was inevitable, really, that a de l’Eclaire and a Drakenwyrm would fall in love and trouble, just as inevitably, ensued. This is not that story.

This is the story of how Tesla von und zu Drakenwyrm and Pierre de l’Eclaire, having Conquered the forces Arrayed against them and Founded a little town of their own in the Black Forest, are about to get married good and proper. They have invited friends from their adventures and old enemies, the terrible trials of family, and the myriad peculiar townsfolk nearby. There are even a few travellers staying for the night. Absolutely nothing can go wrong…

When and Where

Auckland Unitarian Church
1 Ponsonby Road
Grey Lynn

3pm – ~6pm
Saturday 26 January 2019

How Much

Free

More

Facebook page for the event

Browse the basement – Auckland – 13 January – 10 March 2019

What

Here is a rare opportunity to explore the enormous stack collection, located in our vast, multi-level basement facility at Central City Library.

Discover strange curiosities, browse for your favourite authors or simply marvel at the wealth of material acquired over more than a century of collecting. This is a chance to see and borrow some of the incredible books that aren’t on display on our public floors, and to experience the mysterious and magical qualities of the Central City Library basement.

There are limited spaces available for each session and RSP is essential. Don’t miss out!

When and Where

Central City Library
44-46 Lorne Street
CBD
Auckland

4pm – 5pm
Every Sunday from 13 January to 10 March 2019

How Much

Free

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Eventbrite page to register

 

OpenBSD informal talk – Wellington – 23 January 2019

What

A number of OpenBSD developers will be visiting Victoria University in
January. As part of that, they will be giving an informal talk on what they
have been working on recently, open to the public.

A number of the OpenSSH and LibreSSL devs will be there, including Theo de
Raadt, Bob Beck and Damien Miller, as well as one of the devs who
spear-headed the OpenBSD response to Meltdown, among others.

When and Where

Lecture Theatre,
LBLT118,
Laby Building,
Victoria University,
Wellington

Starting at 2pm
Wednesday 23 January 2019

How Much

Free

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Please contact Richard Procter ( richard.n.procter at gmail.com ) if you have any questions

Astronomy Night (During the Day!) – Wellington – 11 January 2019

Astronomy Night During the Day

What

Who says you can’t star gaze during the day?

The Sun is the star at the centre of our solar system; but, because of the harm it can do to your eyes, you should never look directly at the Sun without the proper solar gear. The Wellington Astronomical Society will set up special solar telescopes for you to view the Sun safely. Come and see if you can find sunspots and solar flares!

This event is part of the International Astronomical Union’s 100 Hours of Astronomy.

When and Where

11 January 2019
1pm – 2pm

War Memorial Library,
Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington

How Much

Free

More

Event on Hutt City Library‘s What’s on page, Facebook event and Eventfinda.

Wellington Astronomical Society.

Decision Making: Human vs Machine – Auckland – 5 December 2018

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What

Decision Making: Human vs Machine

Stats NZ and Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) are hosting a free lecture presented by international tech ethics expert Lorena Jaume-Palasi.

The use of algorithms in decision-making is growing steadily, so it has never been more important to understand how algorithm-assisted decisions differ from human decisions, and what good practice looks like.

Lorena Jaume-Palasi will explain the major differences between human and algorithm-assisted decision-making and share the trends she is seeing internationally. Her talk will focus on the key issues that algorithms tend to raise for governments, organisations and communities and how those concerns, like ethics and bias, can be navigated and algorithm-assisted decision-making done well.

With a background in founding ethics organisations including  AlgorithmWatch and the Ethical Tech Society, and consulting to numerous governments and organisations in this space, Jaume-Palasi will present her experiences and recommendations.

CSDA co-director Rhema Vaithianathan is pleased to host Jaume-Palasi:

“It is very exciting to have Lorena on board for this presentation as it is the time to have extensive and more importantly, informed conversations about ethics and how organisations can use algorithms well.”

“Lorena brings a well-versed perspective to this argument and it will be a privilege for New Zealanders to hear from someone with such extensive experience in tech ethics.”

Key issues covered in the talk will include bias, automated inequality and ethical dimensions.

Lorena Jaume-Palasi

Lorena is the founder of non-profit advocacy organisation AlgorithmWatch (Berlin) and of non-profit research and advocacy organization the Ethical Tech Society (Berlin). Her work focuses on the philosophy of law and ethics of automatisation and digitisation. She serves as the head of the secretariat of the German Internet Governance Forum and is a member of the Spanish Government’s High Level Expert Council on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Lorena consults to international institutions, governments and corporations, and regularly writes and lectures on data protection, privacy, discrimination and the public sphere.

This lecture is proudly presented by the Centre for Social Data Analytics, in the School of Economics at Auckland University of Technology, together with Stats NZ.

When and Where

Wednesday. 5 December 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm NZDT

AUT City Campus,
Room WG404, Sir Paul Reeves Building,
55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland

How Much

Free but registration required. Please register here.

More

Event at AUT’s website and on Eventbrite.

Tech Month Workshops at Selwyn District Libraries – Canterbury – October 2018

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What

TECH MONTH

Introduction to 3D Modelling for Games 2 hour / Free

This workshop will cover the basics of 3D modelling for absolute beginners, and is directed toward people who are interested in 3D art and don’t know where to start, or beginners that have a little experience, but want to learn more.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 1-3pm.

Lincoln: Saturday 20 October https://li-3d-modelling.eventbrite.co.nz

Darfield: Saturday 27 October https://da-3d-modeling.eventbrite.co.nz

Presented by Taylor Mudgway, 3D Modeller and Game Artist


Introduction to Concept Art for Video Games 1 hour / Free

In this session, Daniel will outline his journey into Concept Art and will show you how to get started on your own path.

You will be able to have a go at creating a 2D character in this workshop. Equipment supplied.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 11am-12pm.

Rolleston: Saturday 20 October https://ro-intro-concept-art.eventbrite.co.nz

Leeston: Saturday 27 October https://le-intro-concept-art.eventbrite.co.nz

Presented by Daniel Denova, Digital Concept and Character Artist

The Concept Art – Business & Career sessions will delve deeper into the industry of Digital art, and will be $15 per person.


The Online Safety Roadshow  1 hour / Free

This combination talk and workshop will cover the basics of everyday online safety, and is suitable for all ages and stages.

You are invited to bring your questions and your laptop for the hands on part of the workshop.

Recommended for adults and young people aged 16 years and over. All sessions are from 2-3pm.

Saturday 27 October – Lincoln Library – 2-3pm https://li-geecom.eventbrite.co.nz

Presented by Peter Gee from Geecom – Prebbleton I.T.

How Much

Free. Please book on the eventbrite event to ensure your seat.

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Tech Month Workshops at Selwyn District Libraries.

Discussion Sessions for the Cyber Security Strategy Refresh – Wellington – 30 August 2018

Diagram of 2015 Cyber Security Strategy for NZ

What

A further chance to contribute to the Cyber Security Strategy refresh

We need your input.The National Cyber Policy Office has developed a strawman Cyber Security Strategy. We invite Connect Smart partners and members of the public to give us feedback on the strawman strategy.

A copy of the strawman Cyber Security Strategy can be found here

The strawman is the result of feedback on New Zealand’s cyber security settings from earlier public workshops and stakeholder engagement. You can see the outputs from the workshops here.

The vision in the strawman strategy is to make New Zealand secure and confident in a digital world. It has four values that reflect what is important for building the online environment New Zealand needs:

  • Partnerships are Essential
  •  People are secure online
  • Economic growth is enabled
  •  National security is upheld

The strawman strategy includes six priority areas. These priority areas reflect what we have heard through our outreach and engagement about where we need to collectively intensify our efforts

  • Cyber security aware and active citizens
  • Strong and capable cyber security workforce
  • Resilient and responsive NZ
  • Internationally active
  • Proactively tackle cybercrime
  • Adapt and challenge

To help collate the feedback, we have produced a feedback worksheet that can be found here. If you want to contribute, please download the worksheet, put down your views, and email it to connectsmart@dpmc.govt.nz.

The NCPO will also be holding discussion sessions during the week of 27 August in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Click here to find out more

The National Cyber Policy Office

When and Where

KPMG, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington.

30 August, 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Click here to register

Drop in: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Discussion Session: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Discussion Session: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

How Much

Free

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Refresh of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan 2018.

Cyber Security Strategy Refresh.

National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO).

A further chance to contribute to the Cyber Security Strategy refresh and Discussion Sessions for the Cyber Security Strategy Refresh.

The diagram featured is the 2015 National Cyber Security Strategy.

Discussion Sessions for the Cyber Security Strategy Refresh – Christchurch – 27 August 2018

Diagram of 2015 Cyber Security Strategy for NZ

What

A further chance to contribute to the Cyber Security Strategy refresh

We need your input.The National Cyber Policy Office has developed a strawman Cyber Security Strategy. We invite Connect Smart partners and members of the public to give us feedback on the strawman strategy.

A copy of the strawman Cyber Security Strategy can be found here

The strawman is the result of feedback on New Zealand’s cyber security settings from earlier public workshops and stakeholder engagement. You can see the outputs from the workshops here.

The vision in the strawman strategy is to make New Zealand secure and confident in a digital world. It has four values that reflect what is important for building the online environment New Zealand needs:

  • Partnerships are Essential
  •  People are secure online
  • Economic growth is enabled
  •  National security is upheld

The strawman strategy includes six priority areas. These priority areas reflect what we have heard through our outreach and engagement about where we need to collectively intensify our efforts

  • Cyber security aware and active citizens
  • Strong and capable cyber security workforce
  • Resilient and responsive NZ
  • Internationally active
  • Proactively tackle cybercrime
  • Adapt and challenge

To help collate the feedback, we have produced a feedback worksheet that can be found here. If you want to contribute, please download the worksheet, put down your views, and email it to connectsmart@dpmc.govt.nz.

The NCPO will also be holding discussion sessions during the week of 27 August in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Click here to find out more

The National Cyber Policy Office

When and Where

Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce,
57 Kilmore St, Christchurch Central

27 August, 2.30pm – 4.00pm. Click here to register

Drop in: 2.30pm – 3.00pm
Discussion Session: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

How Much

Free

More

Refresh of New Zealand’s Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan 2018.

Cyber Security Strategy Refresh.

National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO).

A further chance to contribute to the Cyber Security Strategy refresh and Discussion Sessions for the Cyber Security Strategy Refresh.

The diagram featured is the 2015 National Cyber Security Strategy.

 

Canterbury Tech Summit – Christchurch – 12 September 2018

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What

The annual CanterburyTech Summit is the preeminent industry event of the year for the tech sector. This one-day conference hosts national and international speakers as well as a trade show area. The Tech Summit offers both aspirational and educational content and allows attendees to learn about new technology developments, have insight into success stories, and explore new business opportunities. The event also provides plenty of opportunity to network and share views, problems, and solutions with others working in your field.

Keynote speaker: Harold Hillman, Managing Director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group.

Speakers include

Pre-conference workshops

Join us for one of four workshops prior to the main conference. Our workshops provide a hands-on, deep-dive into topics including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Innovation & team leadership. All workshops are by registration only and have limited capacity. Morning tea will be provided.

When and Where

12 September 2018
12 PM – 7 PM
Summit Schedule

9am – 11:30am Pre-conference workshops

Airforce Museum of New Zealand
45 Harvard Ave, Wigram. Christchurch, 8042

How Much

$34.50 – $402.50

Student $30+GST
Canterbury Tech Members $150 + GST
Standard $350+GST
Pre-conference Workshops: Free, $50+GST or $75+GST

Buy Tickets at http://www.techsummit.nz/

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Canterbury Tech Summit

If you’re new to the Summit, or haven’t been for a few years, see highlights of last year’s Summit in this short video: https://vimeo.com/237312167