GeyserCon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention – Rotorua – 31 May – 3 June 2019

What

GeyserCon 2019 is New Zealand’s 40th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention! We hope you’ll join us in Rotorua on Queen’s Birthday weekend (May 31st to June 3rd 2019) for awesome fandom discussions, panels and presentations, a huge bookstore open every day including Monday, a raffle with amazing prizes, the Young Writers’ Workshop, the Costume Masquerade competition, the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Awards, and so much more!

Young Writers’ Day out – Friday

The Young NZ Writers’ Day Out (on Friday 31st May 2019) will have a full day of writing workshops aimed at intermediate and secondary school students. To warm up to the day we invite young NZ writers to enter into our 2019 annual writing competitions for intermediate and secondary students (opens 1st of February and closes midnight on 15th March – check our website out for more details). Finalists will be awarded prizes at the book launch at the end of the day.
For the first time there will even be a special writing event for our youngest writers in years 5 and 6 (only open to local Rotorua Primary schools) and PD opportunities for teachers who attend.

Main Program

3-5 Streams From Friday evening to Monday Morning.

Sample Events:

  • Radio-play STAR WRECK
  • International Guests: Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Alan Baxter, & Kaaron Warren
  • Sir Julius Vogel Award Presentations
  • Talks: History of SFF in NZ
  • Panel: High Fantasy Futures
  • GeyserCon Book Expo

When and Where

Holiday Inn
10 Tryon St
Whakarewarewa
Rotorua

Main Event
4pm Friday 31 May 2019
Noon Monday 3 June 2019

Young Writers’ Day Out
All Day Friday 31 May 2019

How Much

EarlyBird 3 until 28 February $60
Standard (Friday evening till Monday) $65
Friday Youth Workshop (under 18s) $20

Various other tickets options available.

More

Geysercon Website with Full programme and Registration
Young NZ Writers Website

DevOps Talks Conference – Auckland – 26-27 March 2019

What

DevOps Talks Conference (DOTC) brings together DevOps leaders, engineers and architects who are implementing DevOps principles and practices in Start Ups and in Leading Enterprise companies. They run technical and cultural DevOps complex transformation for large and medium organizations.

In today’s competitive IT industry, companies have to enable themselves to deliver products and services to their customers faster than their competition, or risk losing market share. The rise in prominence of Agile delivery practices is helping companies collaborate and deliver more effectively. The maturity of DevOps practices is an essential ingredient to speed up time to production for each feature, idea and/or market test. DevOps is the engine of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment but it requires significant changes in culture and personal attitude.

When and Where

9am – 5pm Tuesday 26 March 2019
9am – 5pm Wednesday 27 March 2019
9am – 5pm Thursday 28 March 2019 – DevOps Leadership Workshop

Grand Millennium Auckland
71 Mayoral Drive
Corner Vincent St
Auckland CBD

How Much

3 Day Registration $825 ( Sale ends 26 Feb )
2 Day Registration $825 ( Sales end 21 March )

More

DevOps Talks Conference 2019 Website

Agile Christchurch – Christchurch – 22 February 2019

What

The Conference will be held in Christchurch 2019. It is part of the Agile Alliance New Zealand initiative to expose IT centers outside Auckland and Wellington to Agile.

We have people with multiple years of International experience.
We are a not for profit organization that simply wants to promote Agile Software in the New Zealand community because we believe in it

Our approach is that we have four speakers in the morning and an open session in the afternoon.

When and Where

8:30 am – 4pm
22 February 2019

Hagley Oval Pavilion
South Hagley Park
63 Riccarton Ave
Christchurch

How Much

Full Price Tickets $150 – Sales end February 15th

Late Tickets $250 ( Feb15 – Feb21 if places available)

More

Agile Christchurch Conference Website

Codemania – Auckland – 15 – 17 May 2019

What

Now in its eighth year, Codemania is Auckland’s premier conference for software developers, with fantastic speakers from New Zealand and around the world. Join us on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at the luxurious Cordis Hotel for a full day of information and inspiration from software practitioners at the top of their game.

If one day is not enough for you, you can also join our world-class speakers and an exclusive gathering of your Codemania friends for two further days after the conference. Codemania Conversations returns to the Waitakere Estate, deep in the heart of one of Auckland’s most picturesque bush settings. This two-day unconference is an opportunity for you to create your own agenda, and spend quality time with our speakers.

When and Where

Codemania

Wednesday 15 May 2019
9am – 5pm

The Cordis Hotel,
83 Symonds Street,
Auckland

Codemania Conversations

9am Thursday 16 May 2019 –
6pm Friday 17 May 2019

573 Scenic Dr,
Waiatarua,
Auckland

How Much

Earlybird Pricing (ends 3rd March 2019)
Conference $450
Conversations $700
Conference + Conversations $950

More

Codemania Website

Multicore World – Wellington – 12-14 February 2019

What

Multicore World is a unique international forum dedicated to the technology design and business applications of big data, deep learning, edge computing, IoT, AI, HPC and exascale computing, operating systems, cybersecurity and more.

How these technologies apply to a diverse range of industries is showcased by world leaders in the field and discussed at peer level in a limited audience conference.

At Multicore World conversations are as important as sessions. Every presentation has a flexible Q&A period, and if we are enjoying a great discussion, we just continue with it. On its 8th consecutive edition, Multicore World 2019 participants are invited as world experts in their speciality. In a limited audience environment you will find that the person sitting besides you has a wealth of experience similar to the speaker that both are listening to.

When and Where

8am – 5pm Wednesday 12 February 2019
8am – 5pm Thursday 13 February 2019
8am – 5pm Friday 14 February 2019
Drinks and Networking light Dinner each evening

Harbourside Function Venue,
Above Mac’s Brewery,
4 Taranaki Street,
Te Aro,
Wellington

How Much

Standard Ticket $1260

Run on a non-profit, limited audience model, we offer only 90 tickets for sale.

More

Multicore World Website
Multicore World Registration

NZNOG 2019 – Napier – 31 January – 1 February 2019

What

NZNOG is the New Zealand Network Operators Group

“The Nog” is our annual conference which provides both an opportunity to exchange technical information, and a high-value opportunity for NZ’s networking staff to ‘network’ amongst themselves. This is New Zealand’s primary technical networking conference. The event is unique in New Zealand and attracts technical, skilled individuals with a genuine interest in Internet operations and Internetworking technologies.

The conference is low priced and has a strong technical focus with the aim and history of getting a strong turnout of technical personnel from New Zealand Internet orientated companies.

When and Where

Napier Conference Centre,
Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre,
48 Marine Parade,
Bluff Hill, Napier

APNIC SDN Workshop:   Mon 28 Jan –  Wed 30 Jan
TICSA Workshop for Network Operators:    Wed 30 January
Network Automation Workshop:    Wed 30 January
Main Conference:     Thur 31 Jan – Fri 1 Feb

How Much

Main Conference: $250 ( $200 earlybird )
APNIC SDN Workshop: $150
TICSA Workshop: $50
Network Automation Workshop: $50

More

NZNOG 2019 conference website
NZNOG 2019 Workshops and tutorials
NZNOG 2019 Speakers

NZ Skeptics Conference – Auckland 16 – 18 November 2018

What

This year’s NZ Skeptics Conference is on the weekend of the 16th – 18th of November in Auckland.

The conference is conveniently located at Butterfly Creek near Auckland International Airport, where the entire conference takes place. Events kick off on the Friday evening with a conference welcome and skeptically themed pub quiz.

There’s a full day of speakers on Saturday at the followed by dinner where you can chat with our speakers. Sunday has more speakers and a panel, and the weekend wraps up with the NZ Skeptics’ AGM.

When and Where

6pm – late, Friday 16th November – Registration and Skeptics in the Pub Quiz
8:30am – late, Saturday 17th November – Main Programme
9:30am – 3pm – Sunday 18th November – Main Programme

Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce drive
Auckland Airport

How Much

Earlybird pricing ends 21 October

Full weekend            $160 earlybird, $180 standard
Unwaged weekend   $120 earlybird, $140 standard
Single Day                  $90 earlybird, $110 standard

More

NZ Skeptics Conference Website

Linux.conf.au 2019 – Christchurch – 21 – 25 January 2019

What

Linux.conf.au (often abbreviated as lca) is Australasia’s regional Linux and Open Source conference. It is a roaming conference, held in a different city every year, coordinated by Linux Australia and organised by local volunteers.

In January 2019 Linux.conf.au will held be in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury. The conference starts out with 9 Miniconfs spread over 2 days on the 21st and 22nd of January. The remainder of the conference, from the 23th to the 25th of January, has 80 talks and 8 tutorials spread over 6 parallel tracks.

Themed Linux of Things, the 2019 linux.conf.au will again attract speakers and attendees from across the world to socialise, fraternise, lecture, listen, ask, answer and share with their peers.

The conference will explore the use of free open source software and hardware for Internet of things devices, along with security concerns, privacy and legal aspects, environmental impacts, everyday communication, health, ethics, and much more.

When and Where

21 – 25 January 2019
All Day plus evening events.

The University of Canterbury
Ilan, Christchurch

How Much

Early bird pricing till October 31st or when sold out

Professional   $1099  ( $899 early bird )
Hobbyist         $549   ( $399 early bird )
Student           $199

More

Linux.conf.au 2019 Website
Schedule of talks in the main programme

CHCon (Christchurch Hacker Conference) – Christchurch – 25-27 October 2018

What

CHCon is a conference for security professionals and hackers in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is for anyone interested in software, hardware, and physical security in tech.

  • Training will be run on Thursday 25th October
  • Presentations on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th.
  • Badge and locksport challenges will be run throughout the main event

When and Where

UCSA Events Centre,
90 Ilam Rd,
Riccarton,
Christchurch

Training Day
Thursday 25 October 2018
8am – 5pm

Main Event
Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2018
9am – 6pm

How Much

For the Main event

General Admission  $70
Students/Unwaged  $35

Tickets for Training sold separately, prices to be confirmed.

More

Chcon Website
Chcon Main Event Schedule
Tickets

Kiwicon 2038 – Wellington – 14 – 17 November 2018

What

Kiwicon is the one of the myriad technical computer security conferences in the Australia-Pacific region, but remains triumphant as the one that most resembles a variety show. Organised by a masochistic cabal of the security community, Kiwicon attempts to bring together the commercial infosec industry, academics, students, and hobbyist hackers to discover the new, the interesting, and technologically crackin’.

First run in 2007, by now Kiwicon has gained reputation, size, and an extra cleaning run for the toilets. Attendance in 2016 was around 2100 people (although we do not claim all of them are paying attention) plus 30 or so speakers, staff and crue.

Kiwicon is a hacker conference, which, if you were wondering, means we talk about the intricacies of breaking into, breaking out of, or breaking around technological systems.  It might have had a “warranty void if removed” sticker, but that’s now a scrunched up ball, and we are reverse engineering the firmware.

If you’ve been to a hacker con elsewhere, then you’ll know what Kiwicon is about – any of the other grass roots community cons are what Kiwicon pays homage to, but we try to add a little special (strange) kiwi flavour to it.

If you’re new to hacker conferences, well, we think you’re in for a treat. Kiwicon is probably not like any other tech conference you’ve been to – there’s no dry, boring talks (we hope), no vendor booths, no bags of crappy pens and tripe you don’t want. Instead you’ll get people who are engaged with tech because they are pathologically curious; people who like poking things till they break just because its there and then figuring out how to fix them. You’ll probably also get one of the more hostile network environments you’re likely to connect to (perhaps, second to the Ministry of Health, circa 2009), so, unless you’re particularly confident at securing your laptop, phone, RFID proxcard, passport, pager, or iPad, you’d be best to just leave them at home. Or take the battery out (and watch out for HERF guns.)

Yes, some hackers break the law. Lots of hackers don’t – we’re not Legion; the Kiwicon community includes people from corporate and government backgrounds, through purestrain infosec industry, and the wider tech sector, students, academics and onwards into space cadets, conspiracy theorists, freaks, and goths. So pretty much like life, then, but with much more people wearing black. Keep an open mind, and, in the words of Frankie, relax.

When and Where

Training Days (plus pre-events)

Wednesday 14 November
Thursday 15 November

Main Event

The Michael Fowler Centre
111 Wakefield St
Wellington

9am – 6:30 pm
Friday 16 Novemeber and Satuday 17 Novemeber 2018

 

How Much

$99.95 standard (or pay more if you want)
$29.95 for student and benficiaries

Costs of training to be advised but some free places.

More

Kiwicon 2038 Website
Kiwicon 2038 Schedule